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JULIE LANE PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. has introduced legislation that puts property owners on the spot for damage caused by bamboo.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. has introduced legislation that puts property owners on the spot for damage caused by bamboo.

“Running bamboo” might be stopped in its tracks.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor)has introduced a bill in the Assembly that would penalize property owners who plant out-of-control-bamboo that causes damage. (more…)

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JULIE LANE PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. has announced an Assembly proposal for municipal grants.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. has announced an Assembly proposal for municipal grants.

File it with the Department of Every Bit Counts.

Last week the New York State Assembly proposed agrant $12,357 to Shelter Island through the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities Program (AIM), which directs funds to local governments. This year’s AIM grant is an increase of about $2,200 over last year’s grant. (more…)

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02/19/14 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Shelter Island Public Library Director Denise DiPaolo at Hampton Library this morning at a reception for Mr. Thiele.

COURTESY PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Shelter Island Public Library Director Denise DiPaolo at Hampton Library this morning at a reception for Mr. Thiele.

Shelter Island Public Library Director Dense DiPaolo was part of a group congratulating Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) on his appointment as New York State Assembly Chairman of the Library and Education Technology Committee. (more…)

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COURTESY PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., will be the featured speaker and taking questions at Friday Night Dialogues at the Library on January 18.

Fred W. Thiele, who, as of January l, represents Shelter Island in New York State’s newly formed lst Assembly District, will be the featured speaker at Friday Night Dialogues at the Library on January 18 at 6 p.m., where he will be discussing issues affecting the Island — “1st Things First.”

Assemblyman Thiele has represented parts of Long Island’s East End through District 2 in the New York State Assembly since 1995 and is well-known to Islanders for his leadership in close-to-home legislation such as the “Open Space” law, STARS and the Freshwater Wetlands Law as well as initiatives and referendum legislation focused on fiscal responsibility and governmental reform.

In 1999, he drafted and was a prime sponsor of legislation that created the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Act, which has subsequently generated more than $150 million from a 2-percent real estate transfer tax for use by the five East End towns for open space, farmland, recreation and historic preservation, including more than 375 acres on Shelter Island. He was an original proponent of the STAR program to reduce school taxes, has sponsored debt reform and property tax reform initiatives that remain among his top legislative priorities.

Assemblyman Thiele sits on a number of New York State Assembly committees, including Ways and Means, Education Election Law, Environmental Conservation, Oversight, Analysis & Investigation, Transportation and the Majority Steering committee as well as the Assembly’s Aviation Caucus.

Reservations are requested, so call 749-0042 to sign up. Friday Night Dialogues at the Library is free with donations greatly appreciated — and those attending can pick up a voucher good for a 10-percent discount off a regularly priced dinner at either La Maison Blanche or Sweet Tomato’s.

Coming up: On January 25, Rita Plush will be here with her new book, “Lily Steps Out,” a “middle-age coming of age” novel; on February 1, Museum Director Terrie Sultan will give a behind-the-scenes look at the New Parrish Art Museum and on February 8, Executive Director Matko Tomicic of The Longhouse Reserve will discuss one of the East End’s most exquisite natural treasures.

03/15/12 3:36pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele.

The New York State Legislature has approved final redistricting plans that move Shelter Island into the newly created First Assembly District, where Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) will represent it.

Original plans to move Southold into the same district were abandoned after North Fork lawmakers and Mr. Thiele objected. Southold will continue to be represented by Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham).

The new First Assembly District will include Shelter Island, East Hampton, Southampton and southeast Brookhaven. Mr. Thiele, who already represents 98 percent of that district, said he welcomes the opportunity to represent Shelter Island since he did so in the 1980s when he was a Suffolk County legislator. He continues to maintain close ties to the Island, he said.

“I look forward to representing the new First Assembly District,” Mr. Thiele said. “I have continued to work with Shelter Island on many regional issues and look forward to representing them again.”

At the same time, Mr. Thiele applauded a move by the State Legislature to give first passage to a constitutional amendment that would create an independent, non-partisan redistricting process for the future.

“I support a redistricting process that is independent and nonpartisan and have sponsored that would have instituted such a process,” he said. “It was disappointing that this year’s process was not the product of such an independent process.” It would fall to voters in a referendum to ultimately approve or disapprove of the proposed constitutional amendment.

Locally, Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty applauded the decision for Mr. Thiele to represent the town in the State Assembly.

“Good news for the Island,” Mr. Dougherty said. In a note to Mr. Thiele, he said he’s looking forward to “an even closer collaboration” than the two men have had in the past.

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