Press Releases

Thiele Hails Appellate Division Decision Issuing Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Against Vertical Expansion by Sand Land

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today hailed a 5-0 decision by the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court (3rd Department) that temporarily prohibits Sand Land from any vertical expansion below 160 foot (AMSL),...

Assemblyman Thiele Co-Sponsors Legislation to Enable Adoptees to Access Critical Birth Records

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that legislation to allow adoptees to obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate (A.5494, Weprin) has passed both Houses of the Legislature and will be sent to the Governor...

Assemblyman Thiele Passes Bill Giving Survivors of Sexual Assault More Time to Seek Justice

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that he helped pass legislation to extend the criminal and civil statutes of limitations for rape or criminal sexual act in the second or third degree (A.8412). The measure, which...

Assemblyman Thiele Passes Bill Fully Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that he helped pass legislation that allows for the expungement of certain marijuana convictions and eliminates the “public view” statute that has allowed New Yorkers to...

Assemblyman Thiele: Climate Protection Law Essential to Protect Our Planet’s Future

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that he co-sponsored the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, implement the state’s renewable energy goals...

Assemblyman Thiele: ‘Gay and Trans Panic’ Defense Has No Place in New York’s Courtrooms

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that he helped pass a bill to prevent the use of a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity as an affirmative defense in an effort to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter...

Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Revenues Total $29.42 Million for the First Five Months of 2019

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) today reported that 2019 revenues for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for the first five months produced revenue of $29.42 million. A year ago, $40.53 million was collected for the same...

Assemblyman Thiele Helps Pass New Law to Fight Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that he helped pass legislation to further the Assembly’s continued efforts to combat discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace (A.8421). The measure, which strengthens...

State Legislature Gives Final Passage to Legislation Authorizing East End Towns to Establish Community Housing Funds

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. and Senator Ken LaValle today announced that their legislation to authorize the Towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, and Southold to establish Town Community Housing Funds has been approved by...

Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Announce Legislative Approval of Measure to Protect Companion Animals from Extreme Temperatures in Motor Vehicles

Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. today announced the passage of their legislation, S.5054/A.7053, through both Houses of the Legislature. The legislation substantially expands who can rescue companion animals from extreme temperatures...

Assembly Passes Thiele Legislation to Protect Maritime Heritage on the East End Under CPF

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) today announced his legislation, which would expand the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund to include projects that will help preserve and protect the maritime heritage of Long Island's...

Thiele Legislation to Give East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue and Auxiliary Squad State Recognition Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that the New York State Assembly unanimously passed his legislation that would designate the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue and Auxiliary Squad (EHVOR) as an emergency rescue...

Thiele Legislation Authorizing East End Towns to Establish Community Housing Funds Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) today announced that the New York State Assembly passed his legislation that would authorize the Towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, and Southold to establish Town...

New York State Enacts Historic Law Protecting Manufactured Homeowners from Rent Gouging

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) today announced the enactment of the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019,” an omnibus affordable housing and rent regulations bill that he co-sponsored. Assemblyman...

Assembly Passes Green Light Driver’s License Bill

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced that the New York State Assembly passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, which would allow undocumented New Yorkers to apply for a standard state driver’s license...

Thiele Legislation to Prohibit Mining on Contaminated Sites Advances in the Assembly

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) today announced the advancement of legislation that would prohibit mining on contaminated lands within State designated Special Groundwater Protection Areas (SGPAs). This legislation, A.7558...

Statement from Assemblyman Thiele on the South Fork Wind Farm for NYS Public Service Commission’s Public Hearing On June 11, 2019

My name is Fred W. Thiele, Jr. I am the State Assemblyman for the 1st Assembly District, part of which includes the Town of East Hampton. The project that is the subject of this hearing is located within my Assembly District. I regret that I cannot attend...

Legislature Passes Thiele Legislation to Further Election Law Reform in New York State

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced the passage of legislation that further continues the trend of making voting easier and more accessible for New Yorkers, A.2687 (same as S.3135 by Senator Zellnor Myrie). Currently,...

Assembly Passes Thiele Legislation to Prohibit Unfair Gasoline Zone Pricing

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF – Sag Harbor) announced that the New York State Assembly has passed legislation he sponsored that would prohibit unfair zone pricing based on geographical location. Senator Ken LaValle sponsors the bill...

Legislature Passes Thiele Bill to Hold Polluters Accountable for Contaminating Drinking Water Supply

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF, REF - Sag Harbor) announced the unanimous passage of his legislation in the Assembly on June 4th that clarifies the Civil Practice Law and Rules regarding the statute of limitations for public water suppliers...