The Montauketts have waited over 100 years to regain recognition from the State of New York after being declared extinct in 1910. But State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. believes the time is right to have the deed reversed — even though he has tried unsuccessfully several times before.

The legislator announced this week that, during a vote last Tuesday, July 21, the Assembly unanimously passed his bill declaring official recognition for the nation. The bill is being carried in the Senate by State Senator Kenneth P. Lavalle, and is expected to come to a vote when the Senate returns to Albany in the fall. And while both men have been down this road three times since 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed the bills each time [more]