Memorial Day 2013

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Memorial Day 2013, a set on Flickr.

This year the Memorial Day activities throughout my district were especially poignant and significant. It is always an honor to participate in any ceremony honoring veterans and this year the special tributes and recognitions added to the events.

The Town of Cortlandt held the first ceremony I attended on Friday May 24th. The Muriel Morabito Community Center was packed as usual for the ceremony and was attended by a large number of elected officials. Many veterans were in attendance, including a significant number of members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

For me, this ceremony was significant because I was able to announce the recent vote at the Westchester County Board of Legislators designating Westchester a Purple Heart County, only the third in NY to do so. I also had the honor of making the announcement and presenting the NYS Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Willie Nazario, a proclamation memorializing the designation.

On Monday the 27th the Peekskill ceremony had a special honor for Charlie Wassil who recently passed from health complications contracted during his efforts at Ground Zero. I knew Charlie since we were teammates in Lapolla Little League on the Cortlandt Roofing minor league tea. Charlie was our pitcher and I the catcher. We reconnected when I was Mayor of Peekskill and Charlie was a detective n the police force. He was a very patriotic, dedicated and loyal person. His passing marks the second friend to give his life as a result of the terrorist attack on 9/11. The other was Sam Oitice, who gave his life to save others that fateful day. At the Peekskill ceremony I was proud to present Commander John Donohue of the American Legion a copy of the Westchester County Purple Heart Resolution.

I ended my Memorial Day events in Yorktown beginning with their Memorial Day Parade. The parade was very well attended. The weather was perfect and a large number of veteran and civic groups participated, including the Yorktown High School Band and others.

Finally, I attended the services held at Jefferson Village. The ceremony is only in its second year but is a well organized and attended event. It was a special day to honor our fallen heroes and recognize those still among us and their families. The ceremony also includes a special recognition to the area’s first responders with many of them in attendance.

I hope you enjoy the photo collection compiled from all the events I attended.

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 Memorial Day 2013

  1. Pingback: Legislator John G. Testa’s photostream: Various Memorial Day Celebrations District 1 | Bazzomanifesto Upstate

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