New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. to serve on the Assembly Standing Committee on Rules.
Mr. Heastie is chairman of the Rules Committee, which includes members of the Democratic and Republican conferences’ leadership. It serves various functions that support the operation of the chamber, including determining the order on the calendar of bills reported by the other standing committees of the Assembly, the introduction of bills, and the review of each message of necessity issued by the governor. The committee also regulates the housekeeping practices of the Assembly, establishes minimum qualifications for each category of staff employees, and establishes and maintains minimum duties and standards of effectiveness for all staff employees. Beginning three weeks prior to the scheduled end of the legislative session, all bills favorably reported by a standing committee must first be referred to the Assembly Standing Committee on Rules before being placed on the floor calendar.
Mr. Thiele also serves on the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation, Oversight, Analysis and Investigation, and Transportation Committees. He is chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Local Governments.
“I welcome the new responsibilities that come with this role, but as always, the First Assembly District comes first. I see this role not only from a statewide perspective, but as a way to improve the lives of the people who elected me to office.”