An assemblyman representing parts of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties was ticketed Thursday for allegedly possessing marijuana following a traffic stop on the Thruway.
A trooper stopped 59-year-old Stephen M. Katz of Mohegan Lake, a Republican representing the 94th Assembly District, for allegedly going 80 miles in a 65 miles per hour speed zone north on the Thruway in the town of Coeymans. After smelling an odor of marijuana, the trooper found Katz to have a small bag of the drug in the car.
Police charged him with a violation of unlawful possession of marijuana, which is punishable by a fine of not more than $100. Katz was released on an appearance ticket and is due in the Coeymans Town Court on March 28.
Katz is in his second term as assemblyman and has been a veterinarian for 21 years, according to the biography on his website.
Katz issued a brief statement about the arrest.
“First, I will not let this incident impede my public service and my calls for real mandate relief, a better economic climate and better services for those in need in New York. This should not overshadow the work I have done over the years for the public and my constituency,” he wrote. “I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”