Assemblyman Steve Katz received 20 hours of community service and a $75 fine as part of a plea deal unveiled Thursday in Coeymans Town Court.
Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, was ticketed for marijuana possession and speeding in March after he was stopped by State Police on the Thruway in southern Albany County. He was not present in court Thursday, where his attorney appeared on his behalf.
As part of the deal, Katz received a lesser parking ticket and an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, which would result in the marijuana charge being thrown out if he stays out of trouble for
the next six months up to the next year and completes the community service by the end of June.
His attorney, Susan Chana Lask, raised doubts to reporters about whether Katz actually possessed marijuana when he was pulled over on the state Thruway March 14. Police reported a slight scent of marijuana and said he turned over one-eight ounce of the drug, but said there was no evidence he was driving under the influence.
Lask, when asked repeatedly whether Katz had marijuana that day, did not answer directly Thursday, but said there wasn’t enough evidence to say he did.
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