What did Katz do after his pot arrest?


Assemblymember Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, missed the chamber’s first vote Thursday, which was around 11 a.m. About an hour before, he was stopped by a police officer in an Albany suburb and slapped with a ticket for pot possession and speeding.

But less than two hours after the cop smelled marijuana in Katz’ car, the outspoken lawmaker was on the Assembly floor, giving his opinion on a bill.

Here’s what Katz had to say about whether the state should require health care providers to train in pain management:


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  1. He is a Vet and he is an expert in pain management. He’s a Drug abusing Hyprocrite. We voted for this guy. Ha Ha, fool me once, maybe twice. But BYE BYE Mr. Katz.

    Resign and let this go away for your family. Do it for your kids.

  2. In the dark alley on


    This is similar to how anti-gay legislators constantly get caught engaging in gay sex in public bathrooms and parks – you gotta think, if people are so strongly against something that is so prevalent in society, is it because they’ve got something to hide? I guess Steve Katz does.

  3. Mr. Katz was stopped because he was speeding, a strong smell of Marijuana was noticed by the State Trooper, a small bag of Marijuana was found. So, did anyone performed a drug test? and I know that this drug stays in your system for about 30 days but regarless Mr. Katz was driving under the influence and speeding. Why was he not arrested for DUI?

  4. Don’t be foolish and carry the water for Steve Katz.Why did he have a bag of pot in his car. Why was he sppeding.answer those questions.

  5. If the assemblyman was not smoking pot, then OK. Katz take a drug test to show that it is not in your system. Simple and clear cut.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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    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