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

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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

Peekskill, NY (June 28,2017) – “Today’s announcement by the Coast Guard that they are withdrawing the proposal to establish barge anchorage sites along the Hudson River is the right decision and shows how a strong bi-partisan effort on all levels of government can accomplish important goals for our citizens and the environment. It is hard to believe such a plan was proposed in the first place.

I was proud to spearhead a unanimously supported Westchester Board of Legislators Resolution opposing this ill-conceived plan. We were the first county to do so with our neighboring counties soon joining us with similar measures. We are all thankful the Coast Guard heeded the overwhelming opposition by not only elected official but the general public through their 10,000 comments made in response to the proposal.”

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

  1. tpisani1 says:

    Great job by all involved!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. B.M. Molloy says:

    Not withdrawing, suspending and moving to complete environmental assessment first. Now going to conduct public outreach and look for local citizen groups, experts and NPO’s to be part of review committee.

    B.M. Molloy bmmolloy@gmail.com

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