The main issues he will concentrate on are water quality, transportation and economic incentives, Thiele said. “Water quality is the No. 1 issue in my Assembly district,” Thiele said, and he will continue to work with the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund on obtaining funding for water quality projects. Thiele said he will help villages and towns find state and local dollars to provide “last mile” shuttle service to get commuters from the train to their jobs. He said he will work with the Long Island Rail Road to expand East End service via morning and afternoon shuttles from either Mastic Beach or Speonk to Montauk in an effort to help ease traffic congestion. He said shuttle line implementation is 12 to 18 months away. Thiele said he also, as chairman of the Assembly’s committee on small business, will focus on initiatives that will help maintain the tourism, farming and fishing industries through low-interest loans and working for a favorable tax and regulatory climate.
Thiele, 63, of Sag Harbor, is running on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He is an attorney who has served as a state assemblyman since winning a special election in 1995, and is seeking his 12th term. He served as Southampton town supervisor from 1992 to 1995, and was a Suffolk County legislator from 1988 to 1992. Thiele switched his voter registration from Republican to Independence in 2009. He is a graduate of Southampton College and Albany Law School. Thiele is married and has three children.