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 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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