Author Archives: Legislator John G. Testa

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.

Legislator Testa, Colleagues Approve County Police School Resource Officers

Lakeland gets two elementary school officers in addition to the one in Panas HS. Hendrick Hudson High School gets one SRO, the first for the district. The Westchester County Department of Public Safety will be providing a total of four … Continue reading

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Independence Day!

Below is an article I was asked to write for the Cortlandt Living Magazine July 2018 edition. They wanted a short piece showing some of the important events associated with July 4th other than being Independence Day, especially local connections. … Continue reading

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Legislator Testa Announces $4 Million in Upgrades at George’s Island Park

Legislator John Testa (Cortlandt/Peekskill/Yorktown)) was joined by his Legislative colleagues on Monday, May 21, 2018 in unanimously passing a Bond Act in the amount of $3,940,000 for major rehabilitation work at George’s Island Park in Montrose. The Legislation was an … Continue reading

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Testa Joins Bipartisan Announcement of Additional Funding for Indian Point Closure

To my surprise and disappointment, when Governor Cuomo recently came out with the 2018 NYS Budget he did not include any new funding for the closing of Indian Point. The Cessation Mitigation Program is a mechanism in the budget that … Continue reading

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They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore

Appreciating and collecting items from the past was instilled in me mostly by my father. Growing up, he would always point out objects that were handed down in the family and explain what it was and how it was used. … Continue reading

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Candidate Nancy Vann Violates NYS Election Law By Failing To File Financial Disclosure Report, Continues to Violate Campaign Ethics

County Legislator candidate Nancy Vann has failed to follow NYS Election Law by not filing her Campaign Disclosure Report that was due on October 27, 2017. There are specific requirements set forth by the NY State Board of Elections to … Continue reading

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TESTA CHALLENGER NANCY VANN A NO-SHOW TO TWO DEBATES, FAILS TO SIGN FAIR CAMPAIGN PLEDGE

The Only Candidate to Miss Cortlandt Event on October 17th Did Not Show Up for October 25th Yorktown Debate Claims to be Attorney Despite Law License Being Suspended Since 2013 Failed to Sign Fair Campaign Pledge Democratic candidate for county … Continue reading

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