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.”