Legislator Testa, Republicans Applaud Court Ruling

The Republicans of the Westchester County Board of legislators (BOL) were pleased to learn that Acting Supreme Court Justice, Barry Warhit has determined that Local Law 6-2012, commonly referred to as Board of Acquisition and Contracts (A & C) Reform was not properly enacted and accordingly, Judge Warhit has denied the continuation of the Temporary Restraining Order that he had granted the to the Democrat’s leadership last week.

Judge Warhit said, “Petitioner’s application for further temporary relief is denied and the Board of A & C is to resume meeting in accordance with the ordinary course of business.”

This is great news for the residents of Westchester County because it means that the County Executive and the Board of Legislators can get back to the people’s business, namely taking action on $83.5 million in pending capital projects that will create more than 700 jobs in Westchester County.

Legislator John Testa (R-Peekskill) who has a number of capital projects pending in his district, including a $2.4 million project to resurface South Division Street/Crompond Road in Peekskill said,   “The Republican Legislators continue to urge our Democratic colleagues to stop wasting the time and resources of the county on court cases and get back to working with us in a bipartisan manner on real issues like moving forward on urgent capital projects and putting Westchester workers back on the job.”

Minority Whip and practicing attorney, Legislator Gordon Burrows (R-Yonkers, Bronxville) said, “For months, we have urged the Democrats to work on a bipartisan agreement to settle the issues relating to A & C reform but they continue to choose to force litigation instead.  Now that the courts have confirmed that the A & C reform legislation was not properly enacted, I hope that the Democrats will realize that as lawmakers, it is incumbent upon us to solve our differences through negotiation not litigation.”  Burrows went on to say, “this is the third time that BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins has challenged the administration in court and each time the Democrats have lost.”

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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