WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Legislator John Testa will lead the Republican caucus of the Westchester Board of Legislators, along with Gordon A. Burrows, as minority whip, according to an announcement made on Friday.
The announcement came from outgoing Minority Leader James Maisano. Legislators Testa and Burrows received unanimous support from their fellow Republican legislators.
"I am honored to accept the position of Minority Leader for the coming term," " Testa said. "The confidence placed in me by the members of my caucus is one that I take very seriously and I look forward to a productive, positive and collaborative effort for the next two years."
Testa was elected to represent the residents of District 1 (town of Cortlandt, city of Peekskill and town of Yorktown) on the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 2009. During his time on the board, Testa has served on the community services, environment and energy, and the appointments committees.
Legislator Gordon Burrows will continue in his role as minority whip, a position that he has held for four years.
"I am very excited for the possibilities that this term holds," said Burrows. "I look forward to working with all 17 of my colleagues to tackle the many challenging issues we are faced with. The word ‘Bipartisan’ is not just a campaign term, it is a commitment to working together, even when we disagree. It means focusing on our shared goal of governing efficiently instead of our political and philosophical differences."
Burrows was a key player when the 2013 county budget was passed by a bipartisan collaboration of seven Republicans and two Democrats. Burrows was also very instrumental in positioning the bipartisan coalition to assume leadership of the board of legislators for the next term. In addition to his leadership role, Burrows serves on three committees: legislation, public safety and government operations.