Press Releases

Assembly Budget Proposal Restores $120 Million to Help Protect New Yorkers with Developmental Disabilities

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today announced that the Assembly's Budget Proposal would restore $120 million in critical funding to the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) for services provided by nonprofit...

Assembly Budget Proposal Increases Community College Funding

Today, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) announced that additional funding will be included in the Assembly budget proposal for SUNY Community Colleges, including Suffolk. The plan includes an additional $150 per full-time equivalent...

Thiele: Assembly Passes Moratorium on Hydrofracking in New York State

In order to allow for additional time to examine further the potential public health risks and environmental safety concerns associated with the new natural gas drilling techniques proposed for the state, including high-volume hydraulic fracturing, New...

Thiele: Assembly Passes Historic Bill to Increase Minimum Wage to $9.00 an Hour and Index It to Inflation

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) announced that legislation he sponsored to increase the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour in January 2014 has passed the Assembly (A.38-A). The bill would also index the minimum wage to...

Thiele Applauds DEC for Listening to Scientific and Community Concerns

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today thanked New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens for his decision to change the Speonk Plume classification to require further...

Assemblyman Thiele, Senator Zeldin Praise Governorís Decision to Include Permanent Repeal of Saltwater Fishing License in 30 Amendments to Executive Budget

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today reported that Governor Andrew Cuomo adopted legislative language proposed by the pair to permanently repeal the Saltwater Fishing License...

Thiele Introduces Legislation to Expand Military Voting to School Elections

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-D-WF-Sag Harbor) has introduced legislation in the New York State Assembly that would make the law relating to military ballots applicable to school elections. Under existing law, persons serving in...

Thiele: Deadline to Apply for FEMA Aid After Hurricane Sandy is March 29

Hurricane Sandy ravaged our community and left countless families struggling to rebuild. While the rest of the country has returned to business as usual, the East End is still living in the aftermath of this powerful storm. The good news is, there...

Thiele: Celebrating Womenís History Month During a Historic Time for Women

March is Womenís History Month, a time when the contributions of women around the world, both past and present, are recognized. Many of the women and events that have shaped womenís history came from, or occurred in, New York State. In July 1848,...

Thiele Urges Drivers to Report Suspected Gas Price Gouging

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today informs drivers of a new effort to help protect consumers from potential unfair gas station practices and gas price rises. The State is also conducting outreach with localities...

Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Revenues for January 2013 Total $11.13 Million

Assembly Amends Bill to Increase Minimum Wage to $9 per Hour

Over a year ago, the Assembly Majority introduced legislation to raise the stateís minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.50 per hour and index it to the rate of inflation in order to help hardworking East End families get ahead. In his State of the Union...

Thiele Releases Gas Price Survey for February 8, 2013

Thiele Passes Property Tax Relief Legislation for Suffolk Homeowners Affected By Superstorm Sandy

In response to the catastrophic property damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) announced the Assembly passed the Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act (A.2294). The legislation would provide real...

Thiele: Deadline to Apply for FEMA Aid after Hurricane Sandy is February 27th

Hurricane Sandy ravaged our community and left countless families struggling to rebuild. While the rest of the country has returned to business as usual, the East End is still living in the aftermath of this powerful storm. The good news is, there...

Thiele: DEC Releases Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy to Further Protect Long Island Water

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today applauds the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in releasing a draft pollution prevention strategy for pesticide use on Long Island. The proposed Pesticide Pollution...

Thiele: Black History Month is a Time to Reflect On Historic Contributions to Our Society

For over 35 years, Americans have celebrated February as Black History Month. Established during the Civil Rights Movement, the four-week-long commemoration grew from the original Negro History Week, celebrated since 1926 in honor of abolitionists Frederick...

Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Revenues for 2012 Exceed 2011 by 13.6%

Thiele: Deadline to Apply for Hurricane Sandy FEMA Aid is January 28th

Hurricane Sandy ravaged our community and left countless families struggling to rebuild. While the rest of the country has returned to business as usual, the East End is still living in the aftermath of this powerful storm. The good news is, there...

Statement of Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. on the 2013 Executive Budget

The Governorís proposed 2013 Executive Budget proposal is a good start to the State Budget process and seeks to build on a record of two previous fiscally responsible, on-time budgets and our mutual goals of no new taxes or fees and limited state spending...