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

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

South Fork, Shelter Island, southeast Brookhaven Town

Fred W. Thiele Jr., first elected to the Assembly in 1995, is a former Republican running unopposed on the Democratic, Working Family and Independence Party lines. In the Assembly, he is an Independence Party member who caucuses with Democrats.

Thiele, 59, of Sag Harbor, has been a solid advocate for local causes: land preservation, the environment, improved public transportion and a cap on property tax hikes. In the past few years, he fiercely fought plans to shut down most of Stony Brook University's Southampton campus. His input will be needed as Stony Brook moves to build a new Southampton Hospital on the campus.

Newsday endorses Thiele.