Westchester County Provides Mobile Command Vehicle to Peekskill Police

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Legislator John Testa was joined by his colleagues on the Board of Legislators (BOL) in passing an Inter Municipal Agreement (IMA) to provide a “Mobile Interoperable Commend Vehicle” to the City of Peekskill.  The IMA was approved by a unanimous 17-0 vote at the regular meeting of the Board of Legislators on Tuesday November 12, 2013.

The Executive Board of New York State Counter Terrorism Zone Three which is comprised of Westchester and Putnam Counties determined that northern Westchester would benefit from the addition of this command and communication vehicle.  Westchester County recently purchased a new command and communications vehicle through funding provided by a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

Legislator Testa, who served three terms as Mayor of Peekskill, said, “This agreement is a great benefit to Peekskill and the neighboring communities.  It is important that we continue to invest in the equipment that is needed to keep out residents safe and secure.  This vehicle will also be used in mutual aid situations in neighboring towns.”  Testa went on to say, “This agreement is also an excellent example of how the county and municipalities can work together on sharing services or in this case equipment to help control municipal costs.”

Peekskill’s size and population density make it an ideal location for the placement and operation of the vehicle.  The agreement is for a term of five years and can be extended after that period.

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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