Adirondack Council Legislative Director Kevin Chlad will be in Bridgehampton on Friday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. to honor local New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. for his support of several important bills this year.
Thiele will be awarded for his work to pass the Invasive Species Control Act, just signed into law by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as a bill encouraging smart growth and one limiting outdoor lighting in remote areas such as the Adirondacks, where a new space observatory has just opened in Tupper Lake.
Chlad will present the “small token of appreciation from the Adirondack Council and the people of the Adirondack Park” at the Assemblyman’s district office (2302 Main Street) in Bridgehampton.
The Adirondacks are home to the largest park in the contiguous United States, but the park was also designed to retain its 130 tiny, rural communities (and their 130,000 year-round residents). Chlad says he is making the long trip to the South Fork because he has “high hopes” for environmental legislation in 2015.
The Adirondack Council is the Adirondack Park’s largest and most influential environmental organization. Their mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park, using research, education, advocacy and legal action. Members of the Council live in all 50 United States, and many of those members, and major donors, live on Long Island.
Last time the Adirondack Council traveled east, they worked with elementary school students at the Bridgehampton School, who helped raise money to retire government-issued pollution allowances so the allowances could not be bought by a power company and used to create acid rain.
For more info, visit adirondackcouncil.org.