Thiele Receives New York Farm Bureau 2012 “Circle of Friends” Award

November 7, 2012
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) announced that he has been named to the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) “Circle of Friends.” This legislative award is based on Thiele’s demonstrated understanding of the importance of agriculture on Eastern Long Island, as well as how the industry impacts the economy and the future of New York State.

Thiele stated, “I am honored to receive this recognition from the New York Farm Bureau, the State’s largest general farm advocacy organization. Throughout my political career, I have remained deeply committed to supporting and protecting New York’s family farms. Agriculture and its related industries are an integral component of the East End economy, so we must help farmers in managing their daily operations in an environmentally conscious and economically viable way.”

The “Circle of Friends” award is determined by a legislator’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture, as well as evidence of other legislative support during the 2012 Legislative Session. Assemblyman Thiele has endorsed a number of key pieces of legislation that benefit our farmers and strengthen New York agriculture.

Among these bills, Thiele was the prime sponsor of the proposal to exempt farm wineries and craft breweries from a costly and burdensome tax filing requirement (A.9523). “I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill so that small farm wineries and craft breweries no longer need to struggle to comply with a needless filing requirement,” said Thiele. “Now, our wineries and breweries can better use their time to grow their businesses and promote their product.”

State Assemblyman Thiele was also a co-sponsor of the farm brewery bill (A.10694) that the NYFB strongly advocated for and was signed by Governor Cuomo this summer. Thiele said, “This important initiative will be a big boost for the growing craft beer industry and the local farmers who grow the quality

hops and barley crops used to make the popular beverage. I am pleased to be a part of efforts to expand farm breweries and use New York grown products in the craft beer industry.”

As a multi-sponsor of the “Let New York Farm Act” (A.5286-A), Thiele pledged to reduce farm-based taxes, fees, and regulatory burdens to help grow the agricultural economy. “While this bill remained in committee at the adjournment of the 2012 Session, rest assured that I will continue to work with my legislative colleagues to pass this important measure which will benefit our local family farms and communities,” Thiele stated.

“As a member of the New York State Assembly, I look forward to the opportunity to work with the NYFB to help further strengthen one of the East End’s most historic and significant professions,” added Thiele.