Testa Chosen As Minority Leader of Westchester BOL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs I start my third term on the Westchester County Board of Legislators I am beginning a new role: my colleagues have elected me the Minority Leader for the GOP Caucus. It is a position I take very seriously and one I look forward to working hard at. Joining me on the leadership team as Whip is Legislator Gordon Burrows of Yonkers. Gordon has been the GOP Caucus Whip for the last four years and I look forward to working closely with him over the next two years.

The position of Minority Leader carries many responsibilities.  In addition to the role as floor leader for the caucus during Board of Legislator meetings the minority leader represents the caucus in leadership meetings with the administration, public events and speaks for the caucus positions on issues.

My previous experience in government has prepared me well for this new position. Having OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbeen a county legislator for the past four years has given me the experience on the issues going forward but the three terms spent as the Mayor of Peekskill gives me the executive and administrative experience that will prove important. I also retired from my teaching position last June after a 33-year career. Having the time to devote to the Minority Leader position is essential to success.

I have the advantage of having the outgoing Minority Leader, Jim Maisano, continue on

With newly elected BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz(Right) and Vice Chairman Jim Maisano (Left).

With newly elected BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (Right) and Vice Chairman Jim Maisano (Left).

the board in his new position as Vice Chairman. Also, my predecessor as District 1 Legislator, George Oros, now serves as the Chief of Staff to the County Executive. So I have two of the best sources of advise and support I could ever ask for right at my fingertips.

As the term progresses I look forward to what the future holds as my tenure as Minority Leader unfolds. I am lucky to have six outstanding colleagues to work with in the GOP caucus but I also look forward to working will all legislators to focus on the needs of the people of Westchester County.

The Full GOP Caucus (L-R): Gordon Burrows (Whip), Sheila Marcotte, Bernice Spreckman, James Maisano, John Testa (Minority Leader), Michael Smith, David Gelfarb.

The Full GOP Caucus (L-R): Gordon Burrows (Whip), Sheila Marcotte, Bernice Spreckman, James Maisano, John Testa (Minority Leader), Michael Smith, David Gelfarb.

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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2 Responses to Testa Chosen As Minority Leader of Westchester BOL

  1. Ann Kutter says:

    Congratulations and best wishes. A well deserved honor.

  2. Vinnie Vesce says:

    Well done…

    Vinnie Vesce



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