Legislator Testa, Mayor Catalina Announce Funding for Major Energy System Upgrades at Drum Hill Senior Living

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On March 6, 2017, Board of Legislators (BOL) Minority Leader, Legislator John Testa (Cortlandt-Peekskill-Yorktown), was joined by his colleagues in approving almost $400,000 in funding for energy efficiency upgrades for the Drum Hill Senior Living Community.  The funding is part of an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) with the City of Peekskill.  The BOL approved the IMA by a unanimous 17-0 vote.

Energize NYThe City of Peekskill will sub-allocate a portion of the County’s allocation of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECB) for the acquisition, construction and installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements at the Drum Hill property which is located at 90 Ringgold Street in Peekskill.

Among the major projects to be financed through the IMA are the demolition and replacement of two large boiler systems and the associated electrical, venting and plumbing work.  The new boilers will offer higher output using less energy.  There will also be an across the board upgrade to lighting and other utility fixtures throughout the facility.

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Legislator Testa, Mayor Catalina and Westchester County Economic Development Office Director William Mooney III at the Drum Hill energy upgrade announcement.

Legislator John Testa (R) Peekskill is the BOL Minority Leader.  “This IMA is an excellent example of how the County and municipalities like Peekskill can work together to access funding for important service providers like Drum Hill.”  Testa said.  “These upgrades will improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact at the Drum Hill property.  Which allows Drum hill to provide senior housing in a more affordable and healthy manner for our seniors.  This project demonstrates the success of this program and I hope for similar projects in Peekskill and throughout my district in the future.”

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina said, “These funds provide Drum Hill with an excellent opportunity to upgrade the energy efficiency of their operations.  There have been many developments in energy technology in recent years which are now coming to the marketplace.  That means there are more opportunities for local governments, non-profits and other entities to save money and lower harmful emissions by upgrading.  I look forward to working with our government partners at the county level to identify additional opportunities to provide financing for energy efficiency improvements in our community.”

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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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