The Hezitorial Exposing Non-compliance of Election Law Noted on December 7, 2018
Illegality Corrected; First Noted as Such by the Yonkers Tribune December 26, 2018.
Photographic Proof Provided Herein Under Initial Telling
WHITE PLAINS, NY —December 7, 2018 — There are seventeen Westchester County Board Legislators. Only one, re-elected to a fifth term, representing District 1, comprised of the communities of Peekskill, Cortlandt, and Yorktown uses the Westchester County Legislator’s website (https://www.westchesterlegislators.com/district-1) as a springboard that exposes the felony charge therein. The hyperlink from the above listed web address informs the reader by stating: For more information on Legislator Testa visit: www.johngtesta.com. Once a reader accepts the invitation to learn more by clicking onto the hyperlink, the felony is revealed.
Minority Leader Testa attributes the following in his name: “Thank you to all who have supported me to return as County Legislator. There is still much to be done in Westchester and I am anxious to continue to work for the residents of District 1.
“Your support and contribution to Citizens for Testa Committee would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up for email updates and newsletters and please don’t hesitate to contact with any questions or concerns. Thank you very much. — John G. Testa, Westchester County Legislator, Minority Leader.”
By asking for one’s support and showing the “$ Contribute” banner button in green to contribute to Citizens for Testa Committee, Testa has revealed how he committed the Yonkers Tribune’s contention and assertion that a felony was indeed committed as noted in this article’s headline.
The felony committed is straight forward. No one can use a government website to solicit for contributions to his campaign committee, that is only permitted if/when an individual or group have set up a campaign committee soliciting for campaign funds through its own website. The government entity cannot be used to solicit funds and the Westchester County Board of Legislators (WCBoL) website was not scrutinized for compliance to election laws. The WCBoL should never have authorized, much less permitted acceptance of funds benefitting Citizens for Testa Committee by allowing the hyperlink to exist on the government website (https://www.westchesterlegislators.com/district-1). When accepting the suggestion to learn more at the www.johngtesta.com website, one arrives at Testa’s Website with his election banner headline at the top of the website page and a listing of corporation sponsors who support Testa’s past and present campaign efforts and get a free ride from any readers tat arrive at the Westchester County Board Website in search of more information about District 1. That too is illegal to be accessed from a government website, that is, the taxpayer funded website.
At issue is how many years has this felony been permitted? Let us not forget that Testa has been in office for almost 8 years and will continue to serve at least another 2 years. What repercussions does the law require be suffered by this egregious conduct, whether intentioned or not?
Yonkers Tribune expects an answer from Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino as to what remedy will be arrived at, who, besides Legislator Testa is responsible to follow the legal standards demanded by election law, and if there is even an oversight structure that is or was responsible to maintain compliance by all those people linked to the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ website and if not, why are the defined and delineated Election Laws on the books but compliance receives an “I don’t know” shrug of the shoulders. If the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office cannot demand compliance, who can, and how long before a remedy is exacted, and the illegal, offending links and websites are disengaged from one another?
If all elected government “servants”, for lack of appropriate terminology, were forced to comply by laws that they swear to uphold, voters would more readily trust a system of governance that continues to fail them and us to this day. It would be unseemly to contemplate that was and still remains the intent of the law and those that defined it into law.
A Special Thank You to the person(s) who appraised the Yonkers Tribune of this illegal outrage!
UPDATED – December 26, 2018
Photographic Proof of Deletion and Correction
Notice the Contribute button has been deleted
Latest Pages Found on December 26, 2018
Cortlandt, Peekskill, Yorktown
Recently re-elected for his fourth term as District 1 County Legislator, John G. Testa will continue to work hard at bringing stability back to county government. Testa was again selected by his colleagues to continue as BOL Minority Leader for the 2016-17 term.
As a legislator Testa has worked to change the attitude and focus of county government by reducing its size and bringing spending under control while seeking to eliminate the waste that has affected the taxpayers of Westchester for far too long. The result has been 6 straight years of no tax levy increase while also maintaining vital services, protecting the environment and enhancing services those most vulnerable in our society.
In fact, with his past 8 budgets, Testa has achieved an unprecedented net tax decrease for taxpayers – delivering three 0% budgets in Peekskill as Mayor, a 2.2% County tax DECREASE in 2010, and a 0% County budget for 2011 thru 2016.
County Legislator Testa is a lifelong resident of Peekskill who first entered public service as a member of the Peekskill Common Council in 1999 and then served three terms as Mayor. Testa became an elected official eager to improve the City in which his family has lived for more than a century and quickly earned a reputation as a strong, independent, nonpartisan voice for fiscal responsibility.
After taking the oath of office as Mayor of Peekskill in 2002, Testa began working diligently to achieve his vision for a better future for Peekskill. He implemented the ideals of smaller, more efficient government focusing on lower, stable taxes and to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community. His focus was to make Peekskill the most attractive and affordable place for middle-income earners to live in Westchester, which he accomplished through green initiatives, neighborhood improvements, a focus on the City’s rich history, and a reduction in crime.
But the cornerstone of Testa’s leadership of Peekskill – one of the great strengths he brings to the County Board of Legislators – is his record of fiscal stewardship. Along with his unprecedented tax record, Testa gifted the City a fund balance of more than $10 million, something never achieved by any other Peekskill Mayor in history. He pursued a smart growth strategy, and attracted more than $200 million in new development. As targeted redevelopment took place, the City’s assessment rose, taxes stabilized – attracting many new middle-income families to the City – and Westchester Magazine declared Peekskill under Testa’s leadership one of the “Top Ten Places to Live” in Westchester and Hudson Valley Magazine named Peekskill among its “Top 10 Terrific Home Towns” in the Hudson Valley. His focus on environmental issues has consistently earned Testa the endorsement of the NY League of Conservation Voters. The Westchester Arts Council for his commitment to arts and cultural initiatives also named Testa a “Champion of the Arts”.
One of Testa’s most recognizable accomplishments has been his promotion and preservation of local history and historic landmarks. During his service as Mayor, Testa brought an unprecedented focus on the region’s rich history, encompassing the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and its legacy of historic Victorian architecture. He has served as President of The Lincoln Society in Peekskill and is presently the President of the Lincoln Depot Museum, which was recognized in 2015 as one of The Best Museum’s in Westchester.
For more information on Legislator Testa visit: www.johngtesta.com
Information including advertisers are deleted when clicking onto the hyperlink noted above.
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A special Thank You to the citizens responsible for initially noting and thereafter advising the Yonkers Tribune of the quagmire facing Legislator Testa and the subsequent legal infraction corrected and ameliorated post haste.