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UPDATE: Lawmaker found with marijuana during traffic stop

UPDATE: Lawmaker found with marijuana during traffic stop

An assemblyman representing parts of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties was ticketed Thursday

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.”

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