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Assemblyman to meet Shelter Island constituents

Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) said that

Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) said that since authorized by the State Legislature and passed by voters in 1998, the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund has raised $800 million for . (May 20, 2010) Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

The Shelter Island Town Board will start its meeting today a half-hour early, at 4 p.m., to give state Assemb. Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) a chance to meet his constituents for the first time.

While Thiele has been in the State Assembly since first being elected in 1995, the district lines for the Second Assembly District never included Shelter Island until this year. All of his political experience — he previously was a Suffolk County legislator and Southampton Town supervisor — have been on the South Fork.

Thiele has been to Shelter Island once before on a semiofficial visit, when he spoke in January at the Shelter Island Public Library.

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