Republican Legislators, Police Union Announce 5 County Police Positions to be Filled

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On March 6, 2017, the bipartisan Coalition of Legislators who passed the no-tax-increase 2017 county budget, applauded County Executive Rob Astorino for moving to fill 5 Westchester County Police Officer Positions. The County Executive signed the Vacancy Releases earlier Monday which makes it possible to fill the positions by March 13th. The hirings were part of a budget compromise reached between the bipartisan coalition of 10 legislators and the County Executive.

Floor speech 2017Minority Leader John Testa (Cortlandt-Peekskill-Yorktown) said, “Public Safety is a priority for our caucus and we have a record of supporting all aspects of law enforcement and protection for our residents. Bolstering the ranks of our County Police Force was a key negotiating point for the Republican Caucus during the budget discussions this year. I thank the County Executive for acting quickly and in good faith to fulfill this promise.”

West. Cty PoliceWestchester County Police Benevolent Association President Michael Hagan thanked the legislators who voted for the budget saying, “I appreciate the hard work of the legislators to make these 5 hires happen. I look forward to continuing to work with the BOL to fill the remaining 10 vacant positions.”

Legislator Sheila Marcotte (Eastchester-New Rochelle-Tuckahoe) is the Chair of the BOL Budget and Appropriations Committee. “These new hires demonstrate that although we may prioritize things differently, if we focus on compromise and cooperation, we can work together to provide all the services and programs that our residents rely on while still protecting taxpayers,” Marcotte said. “I look forward to working with the County Executive throughout the remainder of this budget year to find additional savings to help Westchester County operate efficiently, with public safety and security as a top priority.”

BOL Vice-Chairman Jim Maisano (New Rochelle-Pelham) said, “Protecting taxpayers is our number one priority. The Board of Legislators will continue to ensure that our Department of Public Safety continues to operate at the proper staffing levels.”

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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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