In a bizarre YouTube video posted yesterday, Assemblyman Steve Katz admits to a pair of past arrests related to his veterinary business, but says he was cleared of all charges in both cases.
According to Katz, an 80-year old client and her 102-year-old mother called him on a “hot summer night” because their 90-pound German Shepherd was dead on their living room floor. He put the dog into the trunk of his car to transport it to his veterinary hospital and it began to “ooze onto (his) daughter’s Barbie dolls,” he said.
Katz, a Yorktown Republican, said he took the dog back to his apartment because he didn’t have the keys to his practice, and put the dog onto his outdoor garbage receptacle. When he turned around, Katz said, two police officers were there and arrested him for “short dumping.”
“At the arraignment when they told the judge what happened, the judge asked one question: ‘Well, did you go into the apartment building to corroborate that Dr. Katz actually lived there?'” Katz said in the video. “When they said no, the judge started to tell the police, ‘Don’t you ever waste my time in this court again!'”
In a second incident, Katz said he was working in a Bronx veterinary practice when a “vicious chihuahua” sunk its teeth into his arm and was accidentally knocked off an exam table.
“The people freaked out, went to the police, had me arrested,” Katz said. “When I got to the 46th precinct, they were trying to figure out what to book me for. When I was arraigned and told the story, the judge rolled her eyes and said, ‘Don’t you ever waste time in my court again.'”
The video comes after an anonymous robocall has made the rounds in Westchester and Putnam counties alleging that Katz has a criminal past that he was trying to cover up. Katz is mulling a primary challenge to Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, and met with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Wednesday.
When asked yesterday by Gannett’s Albany Bureau if he was planning on publicly addressing a rumored past arrest, Katz acknowledged that he was arrested for a “
traffic incident” that happened “25 years ago,” but did not go into detail. He hasn’t returned several calls or emails on Thursday and Friday. Update: Katz on Friday disputed that he characterized the incident as a traffic incident. “In a million years, I never said it was a traffic incident,” he said.
Here’s the video, posted to YouTube yesterday: