Fred W. Thiele Jr. is an activist lawmaker who has proven without doubt his value to the East End during his 21 years in this office. The 63-year-old lawyer from Sag Harbor is an Independence Party member who caucuses with the Democrats.
Thiele is a strong voice for accountability in Albany. He would limit outside income if lawmakers received a pay raise, but he wants legislators to vote on this. He believes they should work year-round to avoid cramming through ill-prepared bills in the final days of June.
Thiele favors referendums on whether Suffolk County should impose a usage fee to protect water quality, as well as on a statewide environmental bond act.
Republican challenger Heather C. Collins, 38, of East Quogue, is running for the second time but is not qualified for the job.
Newsday endorses Thiele.