Lapolla Little League 50th Anniversary

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On Saturday April 20, 2013 the Peekskill Lapolla Little League held its 50th Opening Day Ceremony.

I was honored to be there to recognize the achievement as County Legislator, but more importantly as a former player, coach, manager, umpire and volunteer.

I began as a player just two years after the league was established and it was a thrill to see many former players of my era attend the ceremony. Many of those in attendance were there to also remember and celebrate their dads who were the founders of the league.

It was great to once again see Gloria Ward who, along with her husband Homer, helped found the league. Homer was also my manager on the 1970 DPW team that won the Peekskill City Championship.

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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1 Response to Lapolla Little League 50th Anniversary

  1. Pingback: News from Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa :Lapolla Little League 50th Anniversary | Bazzomanifesto Upstate

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