Legislator Testa, Bipartisan Group of State, County, Local Lawmakers Calling for More Transparency on Review of Oil Barge Anchorage Sites in Hudson

Feds agree to extend period for public comment on controversial plan

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Board of Legislators (BOL) Minority Leader, Legislator John G. Testa (R) Peekskill stood with a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the state and municipal governments who are opposed to a U.S. Coast Guard proposal that would create 10 anchorage sites in the Hudson River sites for up to 43 oil vessels between Yonkers and Ulster County. The group noted that public pressure influenced the federal government to extend the period for public input to December 6th of this year.

Following the event, Testa credited the group’s demands for transparency as the reason the federal government has agreed to extend the public comment period for the proposal. “By bringing transparency to the project and informing the general public, we were able to force an extension of the public comment period. We also will be holding a public hearing in October to force the Federal Government to give details and get answers to questions we all have.” Testa said. “We will continue to stand together as Republicans and Democrats from local village councils to the halls of the New York State Senate in Albany to stop this irresponsible and unfair encroachment on our re-claimed waterfronts and our environment.”

Legislator Testa is sponsoring a resolution voicing the BOL’s opposition to the proposed U.S. Coast Guard rule which would create anchorage sites in the Hudson River for vessels carrying oil to refinery’s south of Westchester County.  The Resolution has been placed on the agenda for review at the next BOL Environment and Health Committee and Infrastructure Committee meetings with a vote of the entire BOL expected at the next scheduled meeting on September 12th at 7pm.


Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa speaks against the barge proposal while (L-R) Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, NYS Senator Terrence Murphy, Cortlandt Resident John Mattis, Congressional Candidate (NY-18) Phil Oliva, NYS Senator Sue Serino, Dutchess County Executivea Marc Molinaro, Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran look on.

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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