County Legislator Testa to Seek Fourth Term

Cites Record of Tax and Spending Reductions and Accomplishments for Residents of Northern Westchester 

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On Monday, May 18th Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa announced his intention to seek re-election for a fourth term in front of a capacity crowd at The Hudson Room in Downtown Peekskill. Over 100 supporters were present along with officials from across Westchester County.

Testa cited his various reasons for seeking another term as County Legislator for District 1:

ReelectTesta_logo“It has been an honor to represent the citizens of the Town of Cortlandt, City of Peekskill and Town of Yorktown for the past 5 1/2 years.  Taking a bipartisan approach and working with County Executive Astorino, we have been able to bring a common sense, fiscally responsible focus to Westchester County government.

Since becoming Westchester County Legislator in 2010, I have been involved in creating 5 budgets and all have passed with no increase to the county tax levy; one even contained a 2.2% tax reduction. All have been accomplished by reducing the size of county government by over 15% without reducing essential services, and by increasing the social safety net, enhancing public safety and adding services for our residents.

In 2014 I was proud to spearhead an office in Peekskill focused on Northern Westchester dedicated for free legal services for senior citizens, veterans and victims of domestic violence. Working closely with The Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, the office has brought much needed and never before offered services to the residents of Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown.

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A standing room only crowd of over 100 supporters were on hand for Legislator Testa’s announcement at The Hudson Room.

Central to my focus as County Legislator has always been fighting for the municipalities I represent and bringing to Northern Westchester the infrastructure improvements that were long overdue. Last year over 2 miles of County-owned Rt. 6/Main Street was rehabilitated and resurfaced and beginning soon will be the entire reconstruction and repaving of the county owned portions of Crompond Road/Rt. 202 and North Division Street in Peekskill.  Other major improvements have been made in Blue Mountain Sportsman’s Center and Reservation, Georges Island Park along with upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Peekskill.

As a member of the Environment and Energy Committee for the past 5 years I have worked with my colleagues to bring policies focused on energy efficiency and alternative energy implementation, enhanced recycling capabilities for county residents, safe work environments, and preventing toxic children’s products from being sold in Westchester.

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Legislator Testa made sure to introduce the owner of The Hudson Room, Louie Lanza.

My colleagues have unanimously joined me as I have continued my passion for supporting our nation’s veterans. As legislator I have spearheaded the county’s stance against the enhanced use lease targeted for the Montrose VA facility that would have taken valuable land away for luxury condominiums. Recently, I introduced a resolution passed unanimously by the BOL naming Westchester County a “Purple Heart County” in New York.  I will continue to fight to bring added health and other services to our area veterans.

Elected at the beginning of this term by my colleagues as Minority Leader for the board, I have been proud to be a part of the BOL Leadership team. As Minority Leader I have worked with the other leaders to bring a bipartisan and issue based approach to county government.

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Westchester County Executive’s Chief of Staff George Oros served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Although much has been accomplished there is still much more that needs to be done. I look forward to continuing the progress of creating taxpayer friendly policies and bringing new business and success to Westchester County. Continuing working together with like-minded colleagues from both sides of the political aisle I am confident that the best days of Westchester County are still to come.”

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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