Fred Thiele is one of two members of the New York Assembly (the Lower house) who is a member of the Independence Party of New York. Assemblyman Thiele has introduced a bill to repeal the State Salt Water Fishing License Law.
Thiele stated, “While questions of fact remain concerning the type of fish which are subject to the state law, the specific town fishing regulations, and the exact boundaries or waterways over which the Towns claim jurisdiction, it is clear in his ruling against the State that Justice Sweeney accepts the premise that the Towns have jurisdiction over their waterways and that the State went far beyond the federal Magnuson-Stevens Act. As I stated last year when I voted against this law, this had nothing to do with the conservation. It was a money grab, pure and simple. Instead of wasting valuable state revenues on fruitless litigation and burdening the fishing industry, the Legislature should act promptly to repeal the license and replace it with a free registry, which is the only thing the federal government required in the first place.”
Thiele switched from the Republican Party to the Independence Party on October 1st of 2009.