Assemblyman Katz ticketed for marijuana and speeding on Thursday


Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, was ticketed Thursday morning on the state Thruway for alleged marijuana possession and speeding, State Police said today.

Katz, 59, who was first elected to the state Assembly in 2010, was pulled over for allegedly driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone at about 10 a.m. Thursday, State Police told Gannett’s Albany Bureau.

He was stopped headed northbound on the Thruway in Coeymans, just south of Albany. The Legislature was in session on Thursday.

When an officer approached the vehicle, the state trooper smelled marijuana, police said. Katz turned over a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana, said State Police spokeswoman Darcy Wells.

“He was alone and cooperative,” Wells said, reading from the police report.

Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding, police said. He was issued an appearance ticket for local court on March 28 at 9 a.m., police said.

Calls to Katz and his spokesman and office were not immediately returned this morning.

Katz has been an outspoken lawmaker since taking office. He was re-elected last November.

In October, Katz compared Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to Joe Paterno’s cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse after Silver quietly reached a settlement with two female aides that accused a fellow lawmaker of sexual harassment.


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  1. Those who live in glass houses shuoldn’t throw stones Mr. Katz.

    Time to legalize it.

    And bummer for the Assemblyman, cop left him w/nothing for the ride home!

  2. Reasonable people may disagree about legalizing marijuana, but let’s put the facts together.

    Assemblyman Katz was driving northbound on the Thruway, about 20 minutes south of Albany. The Assembly was going to be in session that day. The Trooper smelled marijuana in Assembyman Katz’s car.

    That means that a New York State Assemblyman was headed to session (driving while impaired), intending to be stoned while in the Assembly chamber. Its’ the same as walking around drunk in the Assembly chamber.

  3. This is completely reckless. Katz has always been a loose cannon but this takes the cake.

    Speeding……ok, everyone does it. Not a big deal.

    Driving under the influence……way not ok. Big deal.

    Driving under the influence of an illegal substance……Wow! KATZ NEEDS TO RESIGN.

  4. Vincent Gaglione on

    Like so many others of the Republicans promoted by the Tea Party, Katz was, is and always will be an opportunist who seeks political influence to advance an agenda of self-aggrandizement for himself and the wealthy. They use the hot-button cultural and no-tax issues that garner the support of a hoodwinked electorate while they live and behave without regard to those same values. That he voted against “medicinal marijuana” and carries a stash of pot is just one example that has come to light. This isn’t just a “human mistake.”

  5. My guess is that Katz is of the school where rules are for other people, specifically for people less successful than he.

    But regardless, I have a solution to how to punish Katz while simultaneously solving Mamaroneck’s geese problem in a humane way. The geese should be corralled and put in Katz’s house. With his expertise as a veterinarian he has the precise knowledge to care for the birds.

    On the other hand, the world could be a more sensible place. Katz could vote to legalize marijuana and the people in Mamaroneck would either welcome the geese onto their own lawns or let them be rounded up and gassed. Maybe both the people in Mamaroneck and the geese could be gassed with the smoke from the pot confiscated from Katz; then everyone would be happy!!

  6. What a reckless individual.
    – Driving while impaired.
    – Driving under the influence of an illegal substance.
    -Doing 80 in a 65 zone.

    What a Hyprocrite, what else does he do that we should know about?

    For the sake of his family, he should just resign and go away.

  7. Time to throw in the towel Stephen.

    You cannot make the laws if you cannot abide by the Laws and for you to continue to be on the Assembly alcoholism and DRUG Abuse Committee…

    Thank you for your service, the exit is to your right. Please don’t drag this out your former constitutes deserve better and we except more. Think twice in the future. What a disappointment you have become to the community. Oh well.

  8. medical marijuana on

    let me guess…..i’m reading all these similar sounding messages, there’s a democrat amongst us looking to run against Steve Katz next year. Probably new to the democratic party, but attacks like he/she was a republican. Phonies are easier to smell than marijuana. He/she is running this thing to the ground trying to keep it alive, like the arrest was for rape, or a kilo of heroin. Katz won two elections and was the better candidate both times.

  9. If you have not noticed it is all over the media. It has make national press. Remember who he ran against last year in a primary an individual who had his own problems.

    Cats now is as bad as the last person he ran against.

    Dont throw stones if you live in a glass house.

  10. copied from the wall street journal on

    Dr. Steve Katz, Meet ‘Eloise’

    The Assemblyman, the Republicans, and the honor student By Jim McKean | 11:45 am

    Local Voices


    Posted on March 20, 2013 at 11:45 am 1 Comment No, Steve, her name isn’t really Eloise. We’re just using that because she’s 14, and her actual name is protected. Who is she? The student here in Yorktown who was suspended for three months for possession of a marijuana cigarette. Unlike you, she didn’t get to just hand it over to the cop – oh, sorry, in your case it was a whole bag of the illegal controlled substance, not just a joint –and speed off with only a ticket and a small fine. Why not? Help me with this, Steve, I’m having a bit of trouble understanding what’s going on here. Like all the parents in your district, I’d like to explain to my sons just how their elected official, who has been so forthright in his denunciation of drugs, and so insistent on ‘family values,’ can square being a lawmaker with such brazen flouting of the law. But you seem to have disappeared. I called your office and left my number yesterday morning; where have you gone? Since you’ve gone astray, I thought I’d call the head of your party in the Assembly — Brian Kolb. He seems to have a moral compass: after all, on his website he says “Once a model of leadership, decades of scandal, corruption and mismanagement have reduced our state government to a national laughingstock.” He goes on to say: “Assembly Republicans believe we can do better and we must do better. We believe citizens deserve a more honest, ethical and responsive state government.” Honest. Ethical. The citizens deserve better. Sounds good to me. I was curious as to what he would say about your arrest. But I never heard back from him either. Too busy, I guess — even for an aide to return my call. He did have time for a press conference. No wonder he didn’t want to talk to me — or anyone else, for that matter. Just listen to what he had to say yesterday: “We had a good conversation, and certainly I think what Steve wants to focus in on is moving forward, representing his district and then he’ll deal with the infraction through the legal process.” And let you stay on the Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. And continue to get your $9,000 stipend for serving as the ranking member on the Assembly Mental Health Committee. And your salary of $79,500. “I’ll let the process take its own course,” Kolb said. “I want to see what the result of all that is, in fairness to him.” So, Steve — and Brian — what do we tell Eloise? What do we tell our kids? That talk is just talk when it becomes a matter of power. If you’re on the inside, laws don’t apply to you. I, and all my fellow members of your district, want to hear it, straight from you: why has Eloise’s life been ruined by a teenage transgression while you get off with a ticket and a press release? How is it that a lawmaker gets to obey the laws he wants to and laugh at the ones he doesn’t? How is it that our representative gets pulled over speeding with a bag of marijuana, stoned at 10 in the morning on his way to work, and his boss has a ‘good conversation’ with him? And where are all the rest of your colleagues? Silence. In fairness to us, Steve how is it that you are even still in office? Have you no shame? Do you think you can do something like this and that in a few weeks you can just stroll into a meeting and get clapped on the back and applauded by your grateful constituents? We have seen your true character, or lack of it; sadly, we have now seen that your colleagues are so addicted to power that they are down there in the gutter with you. LoHud: Assemblyman Steve Katz, Critic of Sheldon Silver, Had Sex-Harassment Court Fight Wall Street Journal: Two Prior Arrests for Illegally Dumping Body of Dead Dog