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 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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