COURTESY PHOTOS State Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), left, and Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor).
Recently released financial disclosure reports for 2015 show that both state Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) have resigned from positions at Twomey, Latham Shea, Kelley, Dubin and Quartararo, the prominent Riverhead law firm where both previously worked. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A look at the origin of the Community Preservation Fund real estate transfer tax.
The model for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund, which has become a key to the preservation of eastern Long Island and reached $1 billion this year, got its start when Bill Klein arrived on Nantucket in 1974 and saw the island “subdividing at a rate of 500 lots a year, most on 2 and 3 acre lots.” (more…)
“To sum it up, over the last 15 years more members of the State Assembly have left Albany through the criminal justice system than the ballot box,” said Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele (I-Sag Harbor), who represents Shelter Island, last week. (more…)