Advocacy Report: February 2014 from Mike Neppl, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy
New Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver recently appointed Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., (I – Sag Harbor) as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology. Mr. Thiele was first elected to the New York State Assembly from the 2nd Assembly District in 1995. The 2nd Assembly District includes the Town of East Hampton, the Town of Southampton, and the southeastern portion of the Town of Brookhaven.
With Assemblyman Thiele’s appointment, NYLA has gained an excellent partner that understands the issues facing the library community. Commenting on his appointment, Assemblyman Thiele said, “New York State’s libraries and library systems are a vital part of our educational infrastructure. We must ensure communities throughout New York State are anchored by vibrant public libraries, our children have access to school libraries staffed by certified school library media specialists and our university students are trained in the best research methods by qualified librarians. I am excited to lead on these issues that are key to creating an educated workforce that will help grow our state’s economy.”
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Mr. Thiele served as Supervisor in the Town of Southampton, a Suffolk County legislator and as Southampton Town Attorney. Assemblyman Thiele is a graduate of Southampton College and Albany Law School. NYLA and its members congratulate Assemblyman Thiele on his new leadership position!