New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses John Testa For County Legislator


Sept. 9, 2013

Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350 ext. 206

NEW YORK — The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of John Testa for Westchester County Legislator in District 1.
Legislator Testa’s environmental record began long before he was elected to the Board of Legislators in 2009.  As the Mayor of Peekskill from 2002-2007, he put environmental issues at the forefront of his agenda, from solid waste removal program to construction of a new water treatment facility.

Now a member of the Board of Legislators’ Environment & Energy Committee, Testa has supported and helped develop county policies such as a hybrid vehicle law for county vehicles; an extended recycling law; promoting home energy audits; tax breaks for solar panel installation in homes; promoting green job creation; legislation to streamline the county certification process for solar panel installers; and the bonding and infrastructure improvements made to several county parks.

“For the past 15 years as an elected official as a Peekskill City Councilman, Peekskill Mayor and now Westchester County Legislator, John Testa has a strong and consistent record of supporting environmental initiatives,” said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn. “Because of his impressive track record and vision for an even greener, cleaner future, we are proud to endorse John Testa for the Board of Legislators.”

“It is an honor to once again be endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters for my re-election,” Legislator John Testa responded. “As an elected official I have worked diligently to institute policies and initiatives designed to protect and improve the environment and our precious natural resources. I look forward to continuing this focus in my next term as Westchester County Legislator. I thank NYLCV for their endorsement.”


The New York League of Conservation Voters  (NYLCV) was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, policy making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision makers, and voters by evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing environmental leaders to office in New York State.

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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