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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.

Legislator Testa Announces $4 Million in Upgrades at George’s Island Park

Legislator John Testa (Cortlandt/Peekskill/Yorktown)) was joined by his Legislative colleagues on Monday, May 21, 2018 in unanimously passing a Bond Act in the amount of $3,940,000 for major rehabilitation work at George’s Island Park in Montrose. The Legislation was an … Continue reading

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Testa Joins Bipartisan Announcement of Additional Funding for Indian Point Closure

To my surprise and disappointment, when Governor Cuomo recently came out with the 2018 NYS Budget he did not include any new funding for the closing of Indian Point. The Cessation Mitigation Program is a mechanism in the budget that … Continue reading

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They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore

Appreciating and collecting items from the past was instilled in me mostly by my father. Growing up, he would always point out objects that were handed down in the family and explain what it was and how it was used. … Continue reading

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Candidate Nancy Vann Violates NYS Election Law By Failing To File Financial Disclosure Report, Continues to Violate Campaign Ethics

County Legislator candidate Nancy Vann has failed to follow NYS Election Law by not filing her Campaign Disclosure Report that was due on October 27, 2017. There are specific requirements set forth by the NY State Board of Elections to … Continue reading

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TESTA CHALLENGER NANCY VANN A NO-SHOW TO TWO DEBATES, FAILS TO SIGN FAIR CAMPAIGN PLEDGE

The Only Candidate to Miss Cortlandt Event on October 17th Did Not Show Up for October 25th Yorktown Debate Claims to be Attorney Despite Law License Being Suspended Since 2013 Failed to Sign Fair Campaign Pledge Democratic candidate for county … Continue reading

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Legislator John Testa Announces Three Major Infrastructure Projects for His Northern Westchester District

Major rehabilitation to Albany Post Road, George’s Island Park and Washington Street. Follows Completed Projects to Rehabilitate Main Street (Rt. 6), Crompond Road/Division Street (Rt. 202) and Upgrades in Blue Mountain Reservation and George’s Island Park In a continuation of … Continue reading

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Testa Challenger Nancy Vann Disqualified as Candidate on Working Families Line

PEEKSKILL, NY – On August 3, 2017, the Westchester Board of Elections announced the disqualification of Nancy S. Vann, County Legislator Candidate for District 1, for the Working Families line in this year’s November election. It was determined that 60% … Continue reading

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Statement by Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa Regarding the Coast Guard’s Decision to Suspend the Barge Anchorage Sites Proposal

Statement by Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa Regarding the Coast Guard’s Decision to Suspend the Barge Anchorage Sites Proposal Peekskill, NY (June 28,2017) – “Today’s announcement by the Coast Guard that they are withdrawing the proposal to establish barge anchorage … Continue reading

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Testa, A Leader on Protecting the Environment

Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa is a leader with a long record on environmental issues. Continue reading

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Westchester BioTech Center Deal Approved

On April 3, 2017, the Westchester Board of Legislators and County Executive Rob Astorino announced the successful agreement to move forward with plans for the Westchester BioScience and Technology Center on the county-owned property next to the Westchester Medical Center. … Continue reading

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