New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, of Sag Harbor, ranks sixth out of 150 Assembly members when it comes to the number of sponsored bills that pass both houses of the state legislature, and first among assemblyman who hail from Long Island, according to the New York Public Interest Research group.
During the 2014 session, 18 of Thiele’s bills have been approved by both the Assembly and the Senate and 13 have already been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Among the bills are legislation to improve deer management on eastern Long Island, job protection for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, assistance for libraries, assistance for the commercial fishing industry. Additionally, numerous bills were requested by East End local municipalities.
Thiele is the only Assembly member who is registered with the Independence Party.
“The NYPIRG survey of the 2014 Legislative Session shows that it is possible to be both independent and effective in Albany,” Thiele said. “In the last two years I have passed 34 bills that improve the quality of life on Long Island and New York State. Of the more than 150 bills I have passed during my tenure in the Assembly, the one I am most proud of is the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund which has generated near $1 billion to protect community character on the East End since 1999. My partnership with Senator Ken LaValle proves that it is possible to work across the aisle to get things done in Albany.”