The date for the Special Election to fill the vacated seat of retired Legislator Bernice Spreckman (District 14) has been set for Tuesday August 9th. The date was moved back from the originally proposed date of August 2nd. The additional week was necessary because the Democrat Leader had blocked/delayed the vote by one week. The Legislation to set the date for August 9th passed by a vote of 9-4.
Minority Leader John Testa encouraged voters to get out to the polls on August 9th. “We’ve set the date for the special election for August 9th as opposed to the originally proposed date of August 2nd to make up for the week that we lost due to the Democrats blocking the original legislation. The date we set is fair and equitable to both parties. It also does not break the law by going beyond the 90 days allowed by our charter as our Democrat colleagues have urged.” said Testa. “I hope the Democrats will now stop their delay and stall tactics and focus on presenting their candidate and their positions to the electorate instead of making spurious claims and specious arguments about voter turnout. The Democrats have an announced candidate and a tremendous voter registration advantage in District 14. They have every single opportunity to compete in this election that the Republicans have. If they are afraid that their party won’t turn out to support their candidate then they may want to reconsider the partisan, petty approach to campaigning which they have become known for.”
For voters who will not be present in the District on August 9th, absentee ballot forms can be obtained at the link below:
Click to access 2015absentee.pdf
The downloadable .PDF file of the absentee ballot form attached to the link above can be printed and mailed or hand delivered to:
Westchester County Board of Elections
25 Quarropas Street
White Plains, NY 10601
Applications must be mailed seven days before the election, or hand-delivered to your county board of elections by the day before the election.
About John G. Testa
Former District 1 County Legislator, John G. Testa is served five terms at the Westchester County Board of Legislators, spending the last 3 terms as BOL Minority Leader.
John G. Testa is a lifelong resident of Peekskill who first entered elected public service as a member of the Peekskill Common Council in 1998 and then served three terms as Mayor. He previously served on the Conservation and Parks Advisory Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. John became an elected official eager to improve the City in which his family has lived for more than a century and quickly earned a reputation as a strong, independent, nonpartisan voice for fiscal responsibility.
John received a BS degree in Technology from SUNY Oswego, where his academic achievements gained him induction into Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honorary Fraternity of Technology. He earned his MS degree in Technology from the City College of New York. He began his teaching career in 1980 at Peekskill High School, his alma mater, as an instructor in Technology and Social Studies, retiring in 2013 after 33 years teaching.
John has been a leader in support for the Arts Community in Westchester. He presided over the construction of the Peekskill Art Lofts, the establishment of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and the complete restoration of the Paramount Center for the Arts, originally a 1930’s movie house and helped bring critical funding to many Westchester programs. Legislator Testa received the “Advancing the Arts in Westchester Award” by ArtsWestchester.
John has a been a leader on environmental issues for two decades and has a long record of initiatives he has supported and spearheaded. His active involvement in developing and promoting environmentally friendly policies began as mayor and continued throughout his time as Westchester County Legislator. His efforts consistently earned John the endorsement of the NY League of Conservation Voters.
John’s most recognizable accomplishment has been his promotion and preservation of local history and historic landmarks, bringing an unprecedented focus on the region’s rich history, and its legacy of historic Victorian architecture. His roots in historical preservation stem from his experience as a Revolutionary War re-enactor and member of The Brigade of the American Revolution for 50 years.
John was instrumental in securing the preservation of the Lincoln Depot, now the Lincoln Depot Museum, where he now serves as President. The museum was recognized in 2015 as one of The Best Museums in Westchester. He also secured the preservation of historic Fort Hill as parkland, a 40-acre parcel that was originally a Revolutionary War encampment site. Under his leadership, the United States Dept. of the Interior declared Peekskill a “Preserve America Community.”
John was able to establish a record number of National Register designations of local structures, including the first Downtown and Neighborhood Historic Districts and supported the preservation of the historic Miller House in North White Plains. In 2017 John was named a “Champion of History” by the Lincoln Society in Peekskill.
John and his wife of 37 years, Nancy, live in Peekskill and have two adult children, John, Jr. (fiancé Courtney Kelly) and Katy (husband Mike Mearon). John and Nancy recently welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, Lacey Mae, in 2019.
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