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Assemblyman Katz's Court Appearance Postponed

The politician is now scheduled to answer charges of speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana on April 28.

Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-C, Mohegan Lake)'s originally scheduled March 28 court appearance for charges of speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana has been postponed to April 28, the Examiner News reported.

Katz, 59, who was first elected to office in 2010, was stopped for speeding on New York State Thruway in the town of Coeymans on March 14 at about 10 a.m.

While driving northbound on I-87, Katz was traveling at 80 mph in a posted 65-mph speed zone, police said. After noting the odor of marijuana, a trooper found Katz in possession of a small bag of marijuana. 

Katz, a veterinarian who lives in Yorktown with his wife Nicole and their four daughters, was ticketed with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding. 

In a statement released by Katz, he said he was "confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest."

Katz's 94th Assembly District includes Yorktown, Somers, Patterson, Southeast, Carmel and Putnam Valley.

bertie March 28, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Well. I guess he needs more time to present the facts.
Bill March 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Or to come up with something plausible. I'm disappointed that it was postponed, I wanted to hear his facts that would cause this to "quickly be put to rest."".
bertie March 28, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I'm disappointed too. We are all disappointed, but we will still wait for The Truth.
Patrick March 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Bureaucratic baloney! Wait long enough and it goes away.
john nardi March 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM
If this were a non-elected public official chosen by the people to lead by example it wouldn't be a big deal at all. A ticket,a fine and a slap on the wrist. That is what this dude doesn't "get" ! He is who he is because WE elected him , now WE look like idiots ! If you are in the public eye like him or a company president or leader of a large group of people in a corporate setting, you have to ALWAYS be cognizant of what you are doing. On and off "the field" If you've ever fit into one of these catagories you know exactly what I mean. He certainly should.
Ros Kliban March 29, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Obviously he is no longer "confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest ." His definition of "quickly" must be different from the rest of us. It sounds like he is hoping for "out of sight out of mind" and that the people have a short memory.
bertie March 29, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I wonder if this case will be presented and decided in the public eye in that upstate town, or if it will be presented privately. I'd guess privately.
Patrick March 29, 2013 at 03:07 PM
They are hoping we'll forget about it so it can just go away.
Bill March 29, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt on the delay. After all, he should have been in Albany yesterday getting the budget completed and that was a higher priority.
Tom March 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I respectfully disagree with you john, here's why. He has been steadfastly against legalization of medical marijuana and all the while it would seem he has used it recreationally. He would be a hypocrite if he used it for medicinal purposes but to ostensibly be using it for recreational use takes the hypocrisy to an entirely new level, even for a politician . having said that he is entitled to his day in court so I will reserve judgment until after the 25th of april, lets see what happens.
bertie March 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM
And maybe the evidence - that bit of marijuana that Mr. Katz handed over to the police officer - will be lost, strayed, or stolen.
bertie March 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM
And maybe the evidence - that bit of marijuana that Mr. Katz handed over to the police officer - will be lost, strayed, or stolen.
John Q April 04, 2013 at 04:00 AM
This guy is a small example of whats wrong with the GOP. His vote against medical marijuana was probably bought by a donor to his election campaign. He can postpone his court appearance for months, if not years, hoping people forget. He is a loser selling out his constituents. Do the right thing Katz, resign and never run for public office again.
Patrick April 04, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Why limit this to just the GOP? Wake up everybody! This is what we are getting as "leaders" these days. The political party means nothing.
bertie April 04, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Patrick, you're free to make equal charges to politicians of any party you like. Go for it.
bertie April 04, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Patrick, you're free to look at politicians of any or all parties and charge them with the same or equal violations. Certainly you're not limited to the GOP.

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