Legislator John Testa, a Republican who represents Peekskill, Buchanan and northern Cortlandt and Yorktown, announced Monday he is running for reelection.
Testa cited as accomplishments the 2013 budget and bringing an office of the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to northern Westchester.
“County Executive Astorino and I came into office together in 2010 and over the three budgets that have been passed since then we have been able to not only prevent any tax increase but also have reduced the county tax rate over that time,” he said in a statement. “We have also reduced the size of county government by 15%. This was accomplished without reducing essential county services, keeping the county social safety net in place, enhancing public safety, keeping cultural programs viable, and adding services for senior citizens, veterans and victims of domestic violence.”
Testa joins a growing number of incumbent legislators who have announced their reelection campaigns or who have skipped the announcement and gone straight to raising money, including Legislators Michael Kaplowitz, a Democrat in District 4 in Somers, New Castle and Yorktown; Virginia Perez, a Democrat in District 17 in Yonkers and Jim Maisano, the Republican majority leader from District 11 in New Rochelle and Pelham town. Maisano is having a campaign kickoff dinner on April 11 at the Davenport Club in New Rochelle.
Legislator Bill Ryan, D-White Plains, is stepping down from District 5 in White Plains, Scarsdale and Harrison to run for county executive.