Last week, the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) announced it has named New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. as one of its “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.”
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the New York Farm Bureau, the State’s largest general farm advocacy organization,” said Thiele in a press release issued September 27. “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.
Among recent key pieces of legislation that strengthen New York agriculture , Thiele was the prime sponsor of the proposal to exempt farm wineries and craft breweries from a tax-filing requirement.
“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.”
As a multi-sponsor of the “Let New York Farm Act, 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 said.