Affiliated with AFL-CIO and represents 36 individual units with over 35,000 workers
John G. Testa, Westchester County Legislator for District 1, received a major endorsement from the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties. The Trades Council is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, has 36 affiliated organizations and represents over 35,000 construction workers.
“As a County Legislator and previously as Mayor of Peekskill John has always supported the working men and women of our organization and we are looking forward to continue working with him as County Legislator,” stated Edward Doyle, President of the Building Trades Council.
“I am grateful to once again gain the endorsement and support of the Building and Construction Trades Council,” stated Testa. “These groups represent the hard-working middle class worker whose values and skills built this nation and who are constantly under attack by high taxes and a struggling economy. For the past four years as County Legislator I have worked to bring opportunity and jobs to Westchester and support policies that create an atmosphere for growth and investment in our county. I cannot thank them enough for having the confidence in me to continue as County Legislator,” Testa added.
The following Unions are affiliates of the Building Trades Council:
Asbestos Workers Local 91
Boilermakers Local 5
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
Bridge Painters Local 806
Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters
United Cement Masons’ Union
Dockbuilders Local 1456
Electricians Locals 3 and 363
Elevator Constructors Local 1
Glaziers Local 1281
Ironworkers District Council
Iron Workers Locals 40, 417 and 580
Building Laborers Local 235
Road Laborers Local 60
Lathers Local 46
Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A
Millwrights Local 740
Operating Engineers Locals 15, 30 and 137
Painters District Council No. 9
Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons’ Local 530
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
Resilient Floor Coverers Local 2287
Riggers Local 197
Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
Roofers & Waterproofers Local 8
Sheet Metal Workers Locals 38 & 137
Teamsters Locals 456, 813 and 814
Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Local 7
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.