On June 28, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), a New York based good government group, released its 2013 session analysis of the New York State Legislature.
In general, the analysis showed that in 2013, the state legislature passed the third fewest bills since 1915- a total of 650. There will be six constitutional amendments on the 2013 ballot including casino gambling and an amendment sponsored by local assemblyman, Fred W. Thiele, Jr., expanding civil service credits for disabled veterans.
On average, a member of the assembly sponsored four bills that passed both houses of the state legislature. Assemblyman Thiele passed 16 bills this session including legislation (1) creating a state recognition procedure for the Montaukett Indians, (2) job protection for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, (3) legislation to promote economic development at EPCAL, and numerous other bills for East End local governments including all five East End towns, Eastport Fire District, and the Village of Quogue.
Assemblyman Thiele was rated fifth of 150 members in getting bills through both houses of the state legislature.
Assemblyman Thiele, the only registered Independent of the 213 members of the state legislature, also had a voting record demonstrating that independence. Thiele had a 100 percent voting record, voting on all 1089 bills considered by the assembly in 2013. In terms of voting with the assembly Democratic leadership, Thiele was 92nd out of 150, and 135th out of 150 in terms of voting with the assembly Republican leadership.