Cites Record of Tax and Spending Reductions and Accomplishments for Residents of Northern Westchester
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:
“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.
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.
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.
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.”