1/18/2010 8:17:04 PM



On Wednesday January 13th over 120 people gathered at the Piazza Roma Restaurant in the Cortlandt Town Center for a Victory Celebration for newly elected Westchester County Legislator for District 1 John G. Testa.  The enthusiastic crowd was filled with friends, family, elected officials and supporters from all over Westchester and beyond.  Making a point to be on hand to congratulate Testa and wish him well was new County Executive Rob Astorino.


Master of Ceremonies Vincent Vesce, himself a former Peekskill Mayor,  pointed out that Testa “was an outstanding Mayor who always put the people first and accomplished tremendous things for his community and now will do the same as County Legislator for District 1.” Also on hand was NY State Senator Vincent Leibell who lauded Testa’s “commitment, integrity and accomplishment for the people he represents.”


County Executive Astorino remarked on Testa’s “outstanding record as Mayor” and how he is “relying on John’s experience, integrity and ability to get things done” to help him tackle the challenges that face Westchester County. Astorino noted that the County will run out of funds by the end of March and that the reserve funds were completely depleted by the former administration. “We face a difficult road ahead with many tough decisions to be made along the way,” Astorino remarked. “I know John is the right person for the job and he will be an important partner in helping get the County back on the right path to fiscal health.”


Testa spoke of the tremendous outpouring of support he received throughout the district during his campaign. “I cannot thank the people of Peekskill, Cortlandt and Yorktown enough for the overwhelming support I received. It was the first time the people of Cortlandt, Montrose, Buchanan, Verplanck and Yorktown had the opportunity to vote for me and they elected me by a substantial margin. I am truly grateful to all who have put their trust in me. I will not let you down.”


Testa also spoke of the battle ahead to put the County back on track. “We must put everything on the table and be prepared to make the tough decisions we have been elected to do. We must change the attitude at the County level to one that realizes every dollar that is spent comes from the hard working families of Westchester. It is their money, not ours. We must cut spending and put a plan in place of consolidation and streamlining of county government, to lower taxes, and make government more efficient and accountable.”