Legislator Testa, BOL, Deliver $2.8 Million for Peekskill Roads

Crompond Rd. Paving MapMinority Leader Legislator John Testa (Peekskill/Cortlandt/Yorktown) was joined by his Board of Legislators (BOL) colleagues in passing Bond Acts that authorize up to $2.8 million in funding to rehabilitate critical sections of North and South Division Street and Crompond Road in the City of Peekskill.  The vote took place at the regular meeting of the BOL on August 4th and passed by a unanimous 16-0 vote.

One section of the rehab work will cover a distance of approximately 1.38 miles, of South Division Street in the City of Peekskill, from South Street to the Cortlandt/Peekskill Town Line.  The other section of road that will be rehabilitated is .31 miles of North Division Street from South Division to Highland Avenue.  The projects will include milling, resurfacing, replacement or adjustment of utility castings, concrete curb replacement, installation of handicap ramps, new traffic loops, and new pavement markings.  The work is expected to last 9-12 months.

The South Division street section of road supports almost 12,000 vehicles per day and received a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating of 55 in 2013 and has continued to deteriorate.  The PCI is a rating system based on a 0-100 score.  A condition rating of zero indicates that the road requires reconstruction.  A score of 100 indicates that the road is new.  Based on the PCI rating of 55, this section of roadway requires structural rehabilitation to extend the life of the roadway.  The North Division Street section of road supports almost 14,000 vehicles per day and received a PCI rating of 66 in 2013 and has also continued to deteriorate and also requires structural rehabilitation to extend the life of the roadway.

Legislator Testa thanked his BOL colleagues and the County Department of Public Works for their cooperation during the committee review process for this very important project.  “This stretch of roadway is critical for both our local residents as they travel to work and school.  It is also an important route serving the regional business community and emergency services personnel.  The work we are undertaking will completely rehab this road and bring it up to the same condition as the adjoining section in the Town of Cortlandt which New York State rehabbed in 2013.”  Legislator Testa noted, “It’s been a long effort in getting this work through the legislative and design process and it is a major project but it is really just one phase of infrastructure work that I’ve been advocating for in Peekskill.  Previously, I worked with my colleagues to secure funding for similar road work of 2.14 miles at East and West Main St. in Peekskill from Rte. 9 to Conklin Avenue.”

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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