Legislator John G. Testa Delivers $2.4 Million for Northern Westchester Roads

Legislator John G. Testa, (R-Peekskill, Cortlandt, Yorktown) is pleased to announce the passage of $2.4 million in Bond Acts for rehabilitation and upgrades to a stretch of South Division St. and Crompond Rd. in the City of Peekskill.  Legislator Testa was joined by all Legislators present in a 15-0 unanimous vote in favor of the Bonds.  The vote took place at the regular meeting of the Board of Legislators (BOL) on Monday, July 9, 2012.

Legislator Testa is the former Mayor of Peekskill and has been a constant advocate for capital improvements to the city’s infrastructure throughout his career.  Following the vote, Testa said, “I am grateful to my fellow Legislators for joining me in voting for this very important funding package.  This rehabilitation will ensure the safety of both the riding and walking public along this key artery in our community.”  Testa went on to say that,  “in addition to the safety improvements, this work will contribute to the vitality of the business that operate in this area and are essential to the economic well-being of Peekskill, Cortlandt and the rest of northern Westchester County.”

The project will rehabilitate and bring much needed upgrades to a 1.38 mile section of this commercially-critical thoroughfare for northern Westchester County which is travelled by nearly 12,000 cars per day.  The work will include, but not be limited to, milling the existing asphalt, resurfacing and concrete curb replacement, installation of handicap ramps, new traffic loops, new pavement markings, replacement of utility castings and other related work.

The South Division St.-Crompond Rd. project is the latest phase in an ongoing effort to rehabilitate and improve several critical roadways in the City.  Last Year, Legislator Testa was able to secure $2.8 million through a similar Bond Act for the rehabilitation of East and West Main St. in Peekskill from Route 9 to Conklin Avenue.  The County is now completing the bid process for that project and work will begin this summer.

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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