Legislator Testa Wins Independence Party Primary

Wins with highest number of write-in votes in all county-wide races

Ind. Logo LargeOn Tuesday, October 1, 2013 the Westchester County Board of Elections officially declared John G. Testa the winner in the September 10th Independence Party Primary election.

Despite the failed attempt of the Peekskill Democratic Party Chairwoman Marina Ciotti and challenger Duane Jackson to not allow the voters to choose John Testa, the election went ahead as scheduled. The NYS Supreme Court threw out the frivolous suit brought by Ciotti and Jackson and subsequently the NYS Appellate Court refused to allow them to take away choice from the voters of Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown.

Nine County Legislators were involved in similar primaries throughout Westchester County. In all nine the Republican challengers were required to first obtain enough signatures from Independence Party members to allow the write-in election to take place and then receive enough write-in votes on election day to win the nomination. Testa received 127 write-in votes, the highest number of write-in votes of all the races taking place in the September 10th primary.

“I would like to thank the Independence Party voters from Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown who came out to write my name in on Primary Day to support me in the election,” Testa said. “The results of this primary election throughout the county sends a strong message to the electorate and especially the bosses of the Independence Party that the public will not tolerate backroom deals and party corruption but demands fair, open and transparent elections,” Testa added.

“The rank and file Independence voters of Legislative District 1 have spoken loud and clear by overwhelmingly supporting John Testa. For so many to come to the polls and write in the name of a candidate who was kept off the ballot by the party bosses, it shows how much they understand and appreciate the great job John has done in representing them in the County Government. It was a great win on every level,” commented Peekskill GOP Chairman Vincent Vesce.

In all nine county races the Independence Party bosses supported only Democratic candidates. On Primary Day Republicans won five of the races. In all five the Republican challenges were required to obtain their votes with write-ins while their Democratic challengers’ names appeared on the ballot. Winning their primaries was County Legislators Sheila Marcotte, Bernice Spreckman and Jim Maisano along with new candidate John Verni.

Testa will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines in November.

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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