Peekskill's incumbent mayor faces well-known challenger
The mayor of Peekskill will have an uphill battle as he seeks his third term this November.
Peekskill's Republican Mayor John Testa is facing a challenge from Democratic member of the Common Council Don Bennett. With the recent rise in crime in the city, Bennett has been campaigning with a demand that the city's budget include two additional police officers. Testa, however, says a grant from former Peekskill mayor Governor George Pataki (R-NY) would allow the city to hire three additional officers at no cost.
While Bennett is well known in Peekskill, he's only been on the Common Council for two years and Testa says that isn?t long enough. However, Bennett feels that although improvements have been made to the city, it is time to have a different focus.