Watch the latest On Topic with John Testa Update Show

This is the first On Topic show for 2012. It was taped at the Westchester County Office Building in White Plains and features the Board of Legislators chamber. Also featured are two special guests: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Former NY State Governor George Pataki.

Also highlighted in this show are events in Peekskill, Cortlandt and Yorktown that I took part in, as well as the special appearance I had on the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends program for Lincoln’s Birthday.

Highlights in the show:

Be First Boxing Program in Peekskill

The Official Opening of the Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake

Economic Development Summit in Yorktown

Lincoln Events in Peekskill

Deployment ceremony for members of the Fighting 69th NY Regiment

American Legion of Peekskill’s Heroes to Hometowns initiative

On Topic with John Testa can be seen on Peekskill Cablevision Channel 15 every Thursday at 9:30 and will soon be shown on Cablevision in Yorktown. Past shows can be viewed at

View my You Tube Channel to watch the Astorino and Pataki interviews in their entirety as well as other video segments of interest. All past On Topic shows will soon be posted to my You Tube Channel.

About John G. Testa

Former District 1 County Legislator, John G. Testa is served five terms at the Westchester County Board of Legislators, spending the last 3 terms as BOL Minority Leader. John G. Testa is a lifelong resident of Peekskill who first entered elected public service as a member of the Peekskill Common Council in 1998 and then served three terms as Mayor. He previously served on the Conservation and Parks Advisory Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. John became an elected official eager to improve the City in which his family has lived for more than a century and quickly earned a reputation as a strong, independent, nonpartisan voice for fiscal responsibility. John received a BS degree in Technology from SUNY Oswego, where his academic achievements gained him induction into Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honorary Fraternity of Technology. He earned his MS degree in Technology from the City College of New York. He began his teaching career in 1980 at Peekskill High School, his alma mater, as an instructor in Technology and Social Studies, retiring in 2013 after 33 years teaching. John has been a leader in support for the Arts Community in Westchester. He presided over the construction of the Peekskill Art Lofts, the establishment of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and the complete restoration of the Paramount Center for the Arts, originally a 1930’s movie house and helped bring critical funding to many Westchester programs. Legislator Testa received the “Advancing the Arts in Westchester Award” by ArtsWestchester. John has a been a leader on environmental issues for two decades and has a long record of initiatives he has supported and spearheaded. His active involvement in developing and promoting environmentally friendly policies began as mayor and continued throughout his time as Westchester County Legislator. His efforts consistently earned John the endorsement of the NY League of Conservation Voters. John’s most recognizable accomplishment has been his promotion and preservation of local history and historic landmarks, bringing an unprecedented focus on the region’s rich history, and its legacy of historic Victorian architecture. His roots in historical preservation stem from his experience as a Revolutionary War re-enactor and member of The Brigade of the American Revolution for 50 years. John was instrumental in securing the preservation of the Lincoln Depot, now the Lincoln Depot Museum, where he now serves as President. The museum was recognized in 2015 as one of The Best Museums in Westchester. He also secured the preservation of historic Fort Hill as parkland, a 40-acre parcel that was originally a Revolutionary War encampment site. Under his leadership, the United States Dept. of the Interior declared Peekskill a “Preserve America Community.” John was able to establish a record number of National Register designations of local structures, including the first Downtown and Neighborhood Historic Districts and supported the preservation of the historic Miller House in North White Plains. In 2017 John was named a “Champion of History” by the Lincoln Society in Peekskill. John and his wife of 37 years, Nancy, live in Peekskill and have two adult children, John, Jr. (fiancé Courtney Kelly) and Katy (husband Mike Mearon). John and Nancy recently welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, Lacey Mae, in 2019.
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1 Response to Watch the latest On Topic with John Testa Update Show

  1. Frank Cimino says:

    John, thank you for your continued support of Festa Italiana Peekskill and your passion to keep our past heritage and culture remembered as you also do with the President Lincoln historical society.
    We learn from our past and need leaders like you to lead us in our future. In our present state of economic troubles its good to know we have a leader that not only recognizes our past but understands what it takes to move forward and prosper.

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