Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee Rules in Favor of Testa

Kane proven to have repeatedly made false claims that he is endorsed by the Independence Party and to have been a member of the BOL Environment and Energy Committee

On the heels of cheating on nominating petitions, losing the Independence Party Primary and proven to be lying about Testa’s record in a recent debate, challenger Mike Kane was found to be participating in unfair campaign practices by including false statements in his campaign materials and web site.

Below are the complete findings of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee resulting from their November 1, 2011 hearing:

WESTCHESTER COUNTY FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES COMMITTEE
914-834-0615/ faircampaign@optonline.net<mailto:faircampaign@optonline.net>

November 1, 2011                                                                          Contact: Evelyn M. Stock, Chair FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     914-472-4719

Findings in the Complaint of
John G. Testa (R) v. Michael Kane (D), candidates for
Westchester County Legislator, District 1

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee met on November 1, 2011, to hear the complaint of John Testa against Michael Kane.  Mr. Testa was represented by Barney Molloy.

COMPLAINT:
Mr. Testa complained that Mr. Kane has “repeatedly made materially false representations on various sources” including campaign materials and his website stating that Michael Kane was “endorsed by the Independence Party.”

FINDING: UNFAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICE
Michael Kane was not endorsed by the Independence Party. Indeed he lost the primary and his name will not appear on the Independence Party line.

COMPLAINT:
Mr. Testa complained that Mr. Kane has “repeatedly made materially false representations on various sources” including campaign materials and his website stating that Michael Kane “served on the Westchester Board of Legislators Environment Committee”.

FINDING: UNFAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICE
Michael Kane did not serve on the Westchester County Board of Legislators Environment Committee nor has he been a County Legislator. Mr. Kane admitted that several years ago he served on a citizen’s environmental committee headed by a County Legislator.

If a candidate or campaign wishes to quote from a Finding, the Committee requires that it be quoted in its entirety. The Committee regards selective quotation of its Findings as a violation of fair campaign practices.

Committee Members: Evelyn M.  Stock (Chair), Miriam Cohen (Coordinator), Dennis Chillemi. Dan Franklin, LaRuth Gray, Victor Goldberg, Susan Pace Guma, Milton Hoffman, Lee Kinnally, Robert Kirkwood, Polly M. Kuhn, Ernest Prince, Susan Schwarz, Lorelei A. Vargas.

Ex officio: Representatives of the Republican Party, Democratic Party, Independence Party, Conservative Party, Working Families Party.


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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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