JCOPE complaint filed against Assemblyman Steve Katz

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A complaint has been filed with the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics against Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, after he was charged last month with marijuana possession and speeding on the state Thruway.

Carol Meissner, who lives in Patterson, Putnam County, and is secretary of the county Democratic committee, said she filed a complaint with JCOPE yesterday. Meissner last month filed complaints with the state Assembly Ethics Committee and the state Legislative Ethics Committee.

Meissner said she wants the investigative agencies to look into Katz’s alleged drug use and whether he received preferential treatment when he was ticketed March 14. Katz has opposed the legalization of medical marijuana and has served on the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

“It’s the preferential treatment,” Meissner said today. “It’s the duplicity of ‘Do as I say not as I do.'”

Last month, Katz’s attorney dismissed Meissner’s complaints, saying, “her assumptions are beyond the pale.”

The Assembly Ethics Committee plans to look into Meissner’s complaint, the chairman told Gannett’s Albany Bureau last month.

Katz is scheduled to appear in Coeymans court on the charges on April 25. He said in a statement after he was charged that: “I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”

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  1. This might be a non story, but if I was Steve Katz I would want this to disappear.

    I will tell you this. He is not looked up to like he was at one time.

  2. steve katz is a nothing, this issue has been become something it should not be

    i have seen him work a crowd after this event and i have seen him before. he is not the same person. he will be primaried and of course he will have a left wing loonie on the democratic ticket. if the republican is conservative he will beat katz.

    time will tell.

  3. Steve Katz is not deserving of being an assemblyman. His district wants an honest, non law breaking individual to represent them. smoking pot in your car while driving 80 miles an hour puts people at risk Why shoul the people he represents stand for this type of misbehavior. he is in his 60s he should know what is right and wrong by now.

  4. Taxman, one of us is misinformed. Nothing that I’ve read has stated he was under the influence of marijuana, the charge was possession. No joint, blunt, wrap, was mentioned. Where are you getting this “smoking pot in your car while driving 80 miles an hour” information from?

    I don’t know if you’re assuming this since it says the officer smelled it, if so even a small amount of marijuana sitting in a baggy can stink up your car.