“Kane is Not Able”

Yorktown Resident Comments on how Testa challenger has proven on numerous occasions that he is unfit for public office and is the wrong choice for District 1

This commentary is taken from the Peekskill-Cortlandt and Yorktown Patch sites:

Candidate for County Legislator Michael Kane has proven on numerous occasions that he is unfit for public office and is the wrong choice for District 1 “Westchester Fair Campaign group faults claims by Democrat Michael Kane in legislator race.”

That was the headline in a Journal News article this week reporting on Legislator John Testa’s opponent in the Westchester County District 1 race. Incredibly in that very article Michael Kane maintained that the issues the Westchester Fair Campaign Practices Committee cited him for, providing misleading information, were “small in nature” and that he “was not trying to fool people”. Yet when asked by the Committee why his website and campaign literature contained information he readily conceded was inaccurate and misleading, stated “he was waiting for the Committee to tell him he needed to remove it.”

Kane’s desperate attempts to malign John Testa’s outstanding record even bizarrely extend to false claims about Legislator Testa’s attendance record. Kane was embarrassingly caught telling this lie in the Yorktown Chamber debate. He claimed Testa was absent from a meeting when he was, in fact, present. On top of that John Testa has a 100% attendance record at all regularly scheduled Board of Legislators meetings.

Michael Kane has demonstrated time and again throughout this campaign his lack of suitability for public office. Regardless of the forum, the News 12 debate, Journal News candidate interviews or most recently, the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce debate, he’s shown he has no idea as to what it means to be a legislator or have a grasp of the issues. For example his ridiculous suggestion that we could close Indian Pt. and replace it with hydroelectric power. Really, dam the Hudson River? Or the fact that during one of the debates, he wasn’t aware of how much the County budget had been cut, Legislator Testa had to supply the numbers for him! In fact Kane went on to commend John Testa saying he “worked hard and did a good job” in reducing the budget. In another venue, Kane was asked, “Given the difficult fiscal constraints of our county, how do you propose to make progress on your priorities?” Kane’s clueless answer: “I will need to read the budget….”

Clearly Mr. Kane’s lack of familiarity with the issues and experience as a local political operative and shop steward, not to mention his ethical lapses, have limited his ability to consider the best interests of Westchester’s citizens. When the Journal News sought an answer about givebacks and concessions, a topic “most voters…expect shared sacrifice on,” as they reported, “Kane said he opposed such concessions.” No doubt such stubborn and partisan thinking played a role in the Journal News’ decision to endorse John Testa as “a reliable vote for bipartisan efforts to recalibrate government services in Westchester…who has earned another term to continue those efforts.”

The voters in District 1 have the opportunity to show that principled and practical leadership does matter. That experience and integrity do make a difference, and that’s whi I am supporting John Testa this Tuesday November 8th.

Sincerely,

Robert Violante

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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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