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 Legislator John G. Testa

John G. Testa, a life-long resident of Peekskill, began his first term on the Westchester County Legislature in January 2010. Prior to his successful run for the District 1 Legislative seat, he served 3 terms as Mayor of Peekskill from January 2002 until December 2007. Before becoming mayor he also served a four-year term as a Councilman. From his first days in office Testa worked tirelessly to set the City on the path of economic stability. Peekskill flourished under this plan, increasing the city fund balance to its highest in history. During John’s tenure in office, the NY State Comptroller’s Office named Peekskill one of the most fiscally sound municipalities in the State; independent auditors proclaimed Peekskill as being in its best fiscal condition in over 30 years; and Moody’s Investor Service agreed to upgrade its bond rating, resulting in further savings. The plan he put in place was so successful that it enabled the City of Peekskill to pass three budgets in a row with a 0% tax increase. These fiscal skills will prove valuable to Testa as he works to put the brakes on what has been wildly escalating county spending and unchecked government growth. He has pledged his efforts to work to consolidate services, eliminate wasteful spending and improve efficiency. In addition to the fiscal conservatism that served Peekskill so well, Testa worked to promote the city, attracting investment, jobs and an increased tax base. Over $100 million of private investment came to Peekskill in the forms of new residential construction, retail space, and the redevelopment of historic structures. As Mayor, Testa led a successful battle to stop the unfair and unsafe plan to send sewage to the Peekskill plant from outside the sewage/water district. John’s roots are deep within the soil of Northern Westchester. His father’s family has lived here for more than a century and his mother’s family is nearing that mark. He is proud that he was born in Peekskill and has lived and worked here all his life and, with his wife Nancy raised their two children here.
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