Testa Receives Endorsement of Building Trades Council

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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 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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