Press Releases

Assemblyman Thiele Introduces Legislation to Support Affordable Housing and Incentivize Construction of Accessory Dwelling Units

Assemblymember Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) today announced that he has re-introduced the Accessory Dwelling Unit Incentive Act to address the statewide affordable housing crisis and incentivize property owners to construct accessory dwelling units...

Statement from Assemblyman Fred Thiele Regarding the Department of State No Longer Objecting to Fishers Island Dredging Decision

Today, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) issued the following statement regarding the Department of State’s decision to pull its objection to allow a Connecticut submarine builder to put dredged materials at a Long Island Sound disposal...

Assemblyman Thiele Introduces Legislation to Protect Unmarked Burial Grounds

Assemblymember Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) today announced that he has introduced the Unmarked Burial Site Protection Act to safeguard unmarked burial grounds across New York. This legislation, previously sponsored by former Assemblyman Englebright,...

Assemblymember Thiele Helps Pass Equality Amendment to Safeguard Human Rights

Assemblymember Fred W. Thiele (D-Sag Harbor) today announced that the New York State Legislature passed an Equality Amendment to enshrine equal rights into the State Constitution and solidify the right to abortion access in New York. This concurrent resolution...

Statement of Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. on Governor Hochul’s State of the State New York Housing Compact Proposal

As the author of the “Peconic Bay Region Community Housing Fund Act” and the sponsor of the proposed “State Accessory Dwelling Unit Incentive Act”, I applaud Governor Hochul’s focus on housing in her State of the State Address. I recognize that...

Assemblyman Thiele Announces His Committee Assignments for the 2023 Legislative Session

Today, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) issued the following statement after being reappointed as a member of the Assembly Rules; Environmental Conservation; Oversight, Analysis & Investigation; and Transportation Committees. Thiele also...

Assemblymember Thiele Re-Appointed to Leadership Position as Chair of the Assembly Local Governments Committee

This week, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) announced that he has been re-appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to be the Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Local Governments. Thiele has been serving in this position since...

Assemblyman Thiele Congratulates a Local Student on Being Nominated for the Presidential Scholars Program

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) announced that one of the students he recommended has been chosen by State Education Department Commissioner Betty A. Rosa to be part of the twenty-five New York State high school seniors nominated for the...

Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Revenues are $160.78 Million for First Eleven Months of 2022 Compared with $195.05 Million in 2021

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) today reported that revenues for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for the first 11 months of 2022 totaled $160.78 million. A year ago, $195.05 million was collected for the same period, or...

Governor Hochul Vetoes Bill to Permit the Leasing of State-Owned Underwater Lands for Seaweed Cultivation

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) issued the following statement after Governor Hochul vetoed a bill he authored with Senator Kaminsky to promote the leasing of certain state-owned underwater lands for seaweed cultivation. Assemblyman...

Legislation Sponsored by Assemblyman Thiele to Prevent Polluters from Benefiting from State Assistance Payments Approved by Governor Hochul

Assemblymember Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) announced that Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation he authored with Senator Gaughran to ensure that polluters do not benefit from state assistance payments/grants made by the Environmental Facilities...

Governor Hochul Vetoes Legislation to Provide State Recognition and Acknowledgement of the Montaukett Indian Nation

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D–Sag Harbor) announced that his bill to grant recognition of the Montaukett Indian Tribe by the State of New York has been vetoed by Governor Kathy Hochul last week.The Montaukett Tribe is an Algonquian-speaking...

Governor Hochul Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Deer Hunting on State Lands Adjacent to the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center in Southampton

On Tuesday, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) issued the following statement after Governor Hochul vetoed a bill he sponsored to prohibit deer hunting on state lands adjacent to a wildlife rehabilitation center in the Town of Southampton.Assemblyman...

Assemblyman Thiele’s Legislation to Allow Eligible Catering Establishments to Apply for an Off-Premises Catering License to Serve Liquor at Events Signed into Law

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) announced that legislation he sponsored to authorize the New York State Liquor Authority to grant eligible catering facilities a license to serve liquor at weddings, banquets or other functions held at locations...

New Law by Assemblyman Fred Thiele Creates the New York State Council on Food Policy

On November 23rd, the “Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act,” sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor), was signed into law by Governor Hochul as Chapter #645 of the Laws of 2022. This new law establishes the New York State Council on...

Assemblyman Thiele Petitions Public Service Commission to Void National Grid Gas Ball Parking Deal

Assemblymember Fred W. Thiele (D-Sag Harbor) today sent a letter to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) in support of a petition submitted by the Village of Sag Harbor requesting that the PSC annul the agreement of last year between National...

Assemblyman Thiele Helps Redirect a $250,000 Grant to Purchase a New Fire Boat in Sag Harbor

This week, Assemblyman Fred Thiele (D-Sag Harbor) announced that he has approved the repurposing of a $250,000 grant to support the purchase of a fire boat for the Village of Sag Harbor Fire Department.In 2017, the Sag Harbor Fire Department was awarded...

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Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Revenues are $122.21 Million for First Seven Months of 2022 Compared with $131.29 Million in 2021

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) today reported that 2022 revenues for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for the first seven months totaled $122.21 million. A year ago, $131.29 million was collected for the same period. Revenues...

Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Revenues are $107.44 Million for First Half of 2022 Compared with $113.5 Million in 2021

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) today reported that 2022 revenues for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for the first six months were $107.44 million. A year ago, $113.5 million was collected for the same period, or 5.3%...