Police: Katz had 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana


Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, was found in possession of 3.5 grams of marijuana and two empty plastic bags when he was stopped for speeding on the state Thruway, court records show.

A state trooper tested the substance and confirmed that it was marijuana, the report said; 3.5 grams of marijuana equals one eighth of an ounce.

Gannett’s Albany Bureau obtained the records today through a Freedom of Information request to the Town of Coeymans Court, where Katz is scheduled to appear March 28.

Katz, 59, was charged last Thursday with unlawful possession of marijuana and driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone in his 2009 Subaru. Both are violations; the marijuana charge carries up to a $100 fine for a first offense, the court records said.

In a news release Friday, State Police said, “After noting the odor of marihuana, a New York State Trooper found Katz in possession of a small bag of marihuana,” but didn’t offer more specifics.

Katz, who was first elected in 2010, declined comment Monday at the Capitol about the charges, and a spokesman said he would have no further comment until his court appearance.

Katz, a veterinarian, put out a statement on Friday calling it “an unfortunate incident,” and “I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario, said Monday that no decision has been made on whether Katz would face disciplinary action by the GOP conference. There was also no decision on whether the Assembly Ethics Committee would look into the matter.

Michael Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said Monday, “We are trying to close down the state budget, and we don’t have time to focus on Mr. Katz’s involvement with drugs at this time.”

Katz sits on several legislative committees, including the Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. He receives a $9,000 stipend for serving as the ranking member on the Assembly Mental Health Committee. Lawmakers receive a base salary of $79,500.


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  1. Who knows how many joints an 1/8 of an nounce could make? This is a serious offense for a person who has voted against making this drug available for those who need it for pain relief. But Mr. Katz thinks it is ok for him to smoke it to get high while driving to work as a NYS Assemblyman. Shame on you, Mr. Katz.

  2. so when does CS announce his/her campaign for Katz’s seat? Please don’t claim that’s not your motivation!

  3. Any self-respecting pot smoker would have swallowed that small amount. What the Legislature really needs is a Hypocrisy Commission, ethics are too far beyond them.

  4. i say let the yo-yo stay in the assembly, vote stoned and enjoy himself(republicans just take up space there anyway)…….only precaution……….
    check his tea bags ……..ya gotta love flakes like this ….

  5. medical marijuana on

    I think John Taylor needs some marijuana, or some sedatives. Calm down big guy. You hate the whole world and everyone in it.

  6. No More Hypocrisy on

    Katz has the AUDACITY to be speeding, while smoking dope, on his way to work, at the job funded 100% by us taxpayers, where he spews about the evils of pot ad nauseum and votes against the use of medical marijuana. And he thinks HE should be the one deciding his future in politics?! REALLY? The NERVE of this hack!! How DARE he show up to work stoned!! If any of us did, we’d be fired in a minute! Typical idiot tea bagger — filled with arrogance and a sense of “I’m different/better than you peons.” Do what I say, not as I do mentality. Katz must go. Now!

  7. Was this marijuma he was smoking lased with cocain, heroin or something else? This is an important question.how far does this addiction that he has go?

  8. He was pulled over around 10:30 in the morning. To be high at that hour in the morning he has to have an addiction problem.

    He need treatment.

  9. What do you think would happen to you if you came to work stoned?
    What do you think would happen to you if you were arrested smoking POT?

  10. So this man gets a salary of almost $80,000 plus a $9,000 stipend for being on a committee plus per diems and he is driving to Albany to work for the people of his district and state in the NYS Assembly while smoking pot. And he’s against medical marijuana. And he’s a favorite of people who are for law and order. I’m an ordinary law abiding republican and I find this totally unacceptable.

  11. People assume he was smoking. No where does it say he was smoking. He was just in possession.

    I would have loved to see him explain to his wife how he made fools of himself AND her to THE WORLD. Ya think that’s why he failed to show up for work on Monday?

  12. If someone is doing any form of substances, alcohol, pot or any thing else at 10 am that person has a problem and should be in treatment.

    For that same individual to get busted around 10 am and then go to work and not tell anyone what has just happened is very, very sad.this man has a screw lose up stairs. This person is living in a fantasy world. Do the people in Somers and Yorktown accept this? .

  13. He has a nice family. He should back away from his position. That is the only way it will go away.

  14. If this had been Greg Ball, Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos or someone the Katz crowd hates, they’d be all over it like white on rice. This is the same as Michael Rights DWI, he’s gotta go, or be thrown out of office by the voters in 2014.

  15. This guy votes against medical marijuana to help sick people. Then he gives the ‘black market; money on the inside to get his own weed. Yikes.. this is just like alcohol prohibition… grass empowers too many creeps to be even creepier. We need to give it back to the people and take it from clowns like Katz. That said, if it was anyone else they would of arrested him BY THE GRAM… in this case ‘it was a small baggie’. To be honest I am more worried about the speeding. Unlike the marijuana, speeding can directly kill people and it endangers us all no matter what state of mind you are in. Katz sounds like a true menace.

  16. M. Barry, that medical marijuana bill was bad and there’s no point in passing a medical marijuana law that won’t be used, like NJ & CT have.

    NY needs a law like California has but the only medical marijuana laws that seem to work originated with voter referendums & not from the legislatures.

  17. Katz does sit on the alcohol and drug committee. Did he have a bill? Does he have a bill? If his excuss is I did not vote for it because it was BAD. Then where is his bill?

  18. 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 — 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 daisy. “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

  19. Maybe he just wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to obtain?

    and was just about to turn it in to the police.


  20. Magical Smoke on

    Let me get this straight. He wasn’t smoking yet he was carrying a dime bag. He turns it over and the smoke magically disappears?

    Where the hell did the pot smoke come from?

    Did this guy lawyer up or did he have someone else in the car with him? This doesn’t make sense. So his defense will be that he picked up Tinkerbell on the Thruway and she lit up while they were driving into Albany?

    Where did he hide the body? Did anyone bother checking the trunk? I can’t tell whether this pothead should be filing a missing person’s report or we should have him committed for pretending he was smoking pot with Peter Pan on the way to the State Capital. The worst part is we have to wait a week to hear Assemblyman Steve Katz come up with a story no one is going to believe.

  21. I need the laugh on

    This is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time…and I have seen some funny things lately!

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander——lock him up, Danno. The hypocrisy is more than I can stand.

  22. Peeling The Onion on

    I see nothing in the police report or the news stories that establishes that Assemblyman Katz smoked pot in his car. Therefore, it’s just as plausible he had a hitchhiker in his car that might have suddenly “lit up” and dropped the bag in his car.

    None of us know what really happened here.

    If the man indicates his innocence, as has been clear from day one with this story, I’m inclined to believe the man is innocent. The rest of you are either frustrated potheads or Democrats looking for trouble.

  23. Yorktown Parent on

    I read the Examiner today and I can’t believe what you said to a senior citizen at the senior citizen forum. You said that it was just a ticket. Assemblyman are you a MORAN. Do you that out of tough with the residents in your area. Apparently the job is out of your league.

    Where did you purchase the marijuana, because that is a separate crime.

    It is incredible that you think the laws don’t apply to you

  24. Sheldon Silver got caught using a taxpayer supplied slush fund to pay off a victim of sexual abuse perpetrated by another assembly member.
    Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) was found guilty on 11 ethics charges and gets re-elected ?
    Where was the “outrage” during that election ? http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45198.html#ixzz2OfMEVIir
    We have Politicians beating their wives, not paying their taxes, taking Bribes
    And this is an issue for you ? Cuomo takes away our 2nd Amendment rights and LIES to us and THIS is what you losers focus on ??? …no wonder NY has issues.
    Maybe because Steve is a Republican ? Or maybe because he’s doing his JOB and not joining the “Good ‘ole Boy Club” in Albany. Remember , he was not smoking and the Trooper would NOT have allowed him to drive impared and risk his SP Job ..the Car probably smelled of it. Are any of you parents ? THINK IT OUT (you can do it) What would YOU do to protect your kids ? Life happens , get over it ..unless of course you’re that desperate for a victim to demonize.
    Keep up the good work Assemblyman. Ignore the peanut gallery