Democrats in Peekskill banking on newcomer to win mayor's job

(10/15/03) PEEKSKILL - Democrats in Peekskill are hoping newcomer Michael Kane will take the mayor's job away from the Republican incumbent.

A news conference was held on Wednesday where Kane called for a new city ethics law. Among the law's provisions are bans on elected officials using city publications and TV programs while they are also candidates.

Kane is trying to unseat Republican incumbent John Testa, who is wrapping up his first term as mayor after serving for several years on the Peekskill Common Council. Testa says the new ethics law proposed by the Democrats is not needed.

Testa is the latest in a long line of Republican mayors in Peekskill. His best-known predecessor is Governor George Pataki. Pataki was in Peekskill last week to help open a new city trail, which connects to a state park on Annsville Creek along the city's north side. Testa says he wants another term to continue making improvements like the trail.Kane said he believes he can do a better job than Testa. He says if he's elected, he'll listen to the people and encourage them to come to city hall.

Even though in recent years the GOP has tended to be the dominant party, Peekskill's Democrats remain optimistic that they can turn that around on November 4.

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