Pictured Above: Tommy John Schiavoni (left) and outgoing State Assemblyman Fred Thiele.

Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni has won a vital endorsement in his campaign for the New York State Assembly First District seat held by Assemblyman Fred Thiele for more than 28 years — the endorsement of Fred Thiele himself.

Mr. Schiavoni, who shares the hometown of Sag Harbor with Mr. Thiele, announced the endorsement March 18.

“The East End needs a strong voice in Albany to continue the progress we have made on issues such as the environment, climate change, transportation and housing. That voice must possess the temperament, maturity and leadership skills needed to get things done. Tommy John Schiavoni is that voice,” said Mr. Thiele in his endorsement. “I have known Tommy John since his Dad coached my youth baseball team in Sag Harbor back in the 1960s. His training as a teacher and experience as a Town Councilman give him the needed qualifications to represent our district.” 

The heavily Democratic Assembly District boundaries, which long were confined to the South Fork and part of Brookhaven, and expanded to Shelter Island in 2012, recently expanded to include the Town of Southold, where Mr. Schiavoni’s Republican opponent, Shelter Island Town Attorney Stephen Kiely, lives. Mr. Kiely is focusing in his campaign on state overreach on issues related to zoning for housing and bail reform.

Mr. Thiele announced in early February that he would not seek another term.

“I’m honored by Assemblyman Thiele’s endorsement and humbled by the opportunity to serve my community at the state level,” said Mr. Schiavoni. “Fred Thiele embodies a life dedicated to public service. Over decades he established legislation that has positively affected the daily lives of generations in AD 1, and these efforts, like the Peconic Estuary Partnership, the Community Preservation Fund and the Community Housing Fund, will continue to benefit East Enders long into the future. I hope to pick up the hard-work where he leaves off preserving our environment, supporting education and small businesses, strengthening our infrastructure and working to improve public health overall.”

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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