Letter(s) to my Representatives (Part 2)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Letter(s) to my Representatives (Part 2)

Being a continuation from last Thursday.

Following the speedy but hopelessly inadequate response from New York State Senator Ken LaValle's office, I waited more than a fortnight to hear from Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Bridgehampton).

Then, on April 19th, I did... and unlike with Senator Ken, this was by no means a brush-off.

Dear Mr. Speir,

I am writing to acknowledge the receipt of your recent correspondence regarding Paraco Gas Corporation. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

The propane gas industry is subject to State and Federal requirements and regulations, however, each company has the ability to set their own pricing policy that allows them to remain competitive in the field. Please know that as your State-elected representative, I feel that your concerns are valid and deserve proper attention. As such, I took the liberty of forwarding your correspondence to the New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA) for review. In response, NYPGA notified Paraco of my request.

I am pleased to inform you that my office was just contacted by the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Paraco Gas, Mr. Joseph Amentano, who relayed that they would be reaching out to you directly to discuss this matter in further detail. I am hopeful Paraco is able to address your concerns.

Thank you again for writing. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
Member of Assembly

Now that's the type of follow-up constituent response I hope for, but rarely receive.

I haven't been very happy with Fred in the past.

  • His yes vote on Governor Andy Cuomo's mindless post-Sandy Hook shooting SAFE Act...
  • (Thiele has acknowledged that hadn't even read the bill when he voted on it....)

  • His tri-annual lip service to doing something about gasoline prices on Eastern Long Island.

When we returned from our trip to the Carolinas, there was a message from an official from Paraco with whom, when we finally connected, I had a more productive con­versation than I would have imagined.

And the lesson I take from this is, surprisingly, Assembly­man Fred Thiele's office is far superior in the matter of constituent services than Senator Ken LaValle's office.

And upon reflection, "surprisingly" isn't accurate, because I don't think I ever reached out to Senator LaValle before, so I had no track record with him.

But I now have a better sense of which of my two State representatives from I'm going to get some action.

Thanks, Fred!


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