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Fred W. Thiele Jr., Assembly, District 1

FRED W. THIELE, Jr.

Independence

BACKGROUND:

  • Thiele, 67, of Sag Harbor is seeking a 15th term in the Assembly and is also running on the Democratic party line.
  • He was first elected to the Assembly in 1995 after serving as Southampton Town Supervisor.
  • Thiele graduated in 1979 with a law degree from Albany Law School.

ISSUES:

  • Focusing on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic will dominate the next several years in state government, Thiele said. On the East End that includes meeting infrastructure demands as the population swelled during the pandemic.
  • Thiele highlighted the environment and water quality as critical issues facing Long Island.
  • He said meeting the goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which he co-sponsored, is important. He also noted he sponsored an initiative to use 20% of Community Preservation Fund money for water quality purposes.

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