New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) has received an “A” rating for the 2012 Legislative Session from the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee. Assemblyman Thiele received this high score for his efforts to restore Library aid cuts in the 2012-2013 State budget and his dedication to library legislative issues. Among the bills that were rated were eliminating financial disincentives for merging library systems, allowing BOCES partnerships with public libraries, and the requirement to distribute library card information to students.
Ratings were based on documented voting records.
Assemblyman Thiele has been a long-time supporter of public libraries. In May 2012, Thiele announced $322,579 in public library construction grants. Recipients included:
- Center Moriches Free Public Library was awarded $119,843 to construct two one-story additions, renovate an existing building, and install a new fire sprinkler system.
- John Jermain Memorial Library was awarded $157,023 to help restore the 101-year old library and double the square footage.
- Rogers Memorial Library was awarded $45,713 to construct a utility building to store library supplies provide additional workshop space.
Thiele stated, “Libraries are playing an increasingly important role. It is imperative to support and invest in programs that are integral to our communities, schools, colleges, and businesses.”