Legislator John Testa Announces Three Major Infrastructure Projects for His Northern Westchester District

Major rehabilitation to Albany Post Road, George’s Island Park and Washington Street.

Follows Completed Projects to Rehabilitate Main Street (Rt. 6), Crompond Road/Division Street (Rt. 202) and Upgrades in Blue Mountain Reservation and George’s Island Park

In a continuation of his focus on Westchester County owned infrastructure in the northern portion of the county, Legislator John G. Testa announces three major projects to be completed over the next year.

The three new projects detailed below come following a multi-year focus by County Legislator Testa to finally address the long-neglected county infrastructure in the northern part of Westchester County. So far, the entire portions of County owned roads of Main St. (Rt. 6) and Crompond Road (202), North and South Division Streets in Peekskill (a total of approximately 4.5 miles), have been completed. These projects were not simple resurfacing but a complete rehabilitation of the entire roadway with milling, resurfacing, replacement or adjustment of utility castings, concrete curb replacement, installation of handicap ramps, new traffic loops, and new pavement markings.

The County Parks have also been a focus for Testa. Major improvements have been made in both Blue Mountain Reserve and George’s Island Park, both county owned. In 2014, $5.4 million of funding was allocated to provide for much needed infrastructure improvements at George’s Island Park and Blue Mountain Reservation, including road resurfacing, new guiderails, and new culverts and swales to reduce stormwater runoff in keeping with Westchester County’s Best Management Practices for stormwater management. George’s Island also had the boat launching area and docks rehabilitated along with the picnic areas, playground, sanitary sewers and landscaping.

“I have made it a priority to fight for the funding and approval for these long overdue projects,” said Testa. “Northern Westchester communities had not been getting their fair share of county infrastructure improvements and it was time to get the attention we deserve. It is not just about fairness but is a serious public safety and quality of life issue. The projects completed so far and the ones to start soon are a huge step towards catching up but there is more to be done. I will continue to advocate for these improvements and work closely with my colleagues, as we have done previously, to make them happen,” Testa added.

George’s Island Infrastructure (RGE04)

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Major water and electric upgrades are planned in 2018 at George’s Island Park. Along with being one of the few boat launching sites available for the public, the park contains two large picnic areas, pavilions and bathrooms. Many families and organizations utilize these facilities for gatherings and events. The supporting electric and water service are original to the park and are in poor condition and inadequate. A full replacement and upgrade will be done. A bond Act of $225,000 was unanimously approved to fund this project.

Old Albany Post Road Over Sprout Brook in Cortlandt (RB03P)

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The existing jack arch bridge that supports the Old Albany Post Road as it crosses over Sprout Brook in Cortlandt is in need of replacement. Originally constructed in 1929, the structure will be removed and replaced with a new precast concrete pile-supported bridge, waterproof membrane, asphalt wearing surface and steel bridge rail. The bridge has 9,200 vehicles a day travelling over it. The total cost of the project is $7.2 million with $4.9 million being provided by  NY State through the ‘Bridge NY’ Program. The project will require approximately 18 months to be completed.

Washington Street Rehabilitation (RB134)

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Approximately 1.23 miles of Washington Street from Welcher Avenue to South Street will be rehabilitated, including milling, resurfacing, stone curbing, ADA sidewalk ramp installation, traffic loops, new pavement markings and related work and repairs. With approximately 7,600 vehicles a day traversing this roadway, this work is long overdue. Engineering and design for the project is nearing completion with construction bonding to follow in 2018.

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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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