YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) is taking a wait-and-see approach after Assembly member Steve Katz (R,C,I–Yorktown) was arrested Thursday morning and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Kolb wants to let the legal process “play out” and “let it run its course” before taking any possible action against Katz, Kolb said Tuesday in an emailed statement to The Daily Voice.
Katz, 59, was pulled over for speeding at about 10 a.m. March 14 on Interstate 87 in the Town of Coeymans, according to New York State Police. Katz was given a ticket to appear in the Town of Coeymans Court on March 28, according to the statement.
“I’ve had a good conversation with Assemblyman Katz, and certainly I think what he wants to focus in on is moving forward, representing his district, and then he’ll deal with the infraction through the courts,” Kolb said in the emailed statement. “We need to allow due process to take place.”
Katz released a similar statement Friday, calling the arrest “an unfortunate incident.”
“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,” he said in the statement. “This should not overshadow the work I have done over the years for the public and my constituency. I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”
Katz was elected to the state Assembly for the 99th Assembly District in November 2010. His newly drawn district includes Yorktown and Somers as well as parts of Putnam County. For 21 years, Katz has been a veterinarian in private practice, while maintaining a residence in Yorktown with his wife Nicole and their four daughters, according to the Assembly member's biography.
Katz also serves as a member of the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, the Committee on Higher Education, the Committee on Housing and the Committee on Mental Health, according to his biography.