Westchester assemblyman ticketed for speeding, marijuana

Assemb. Steve Katz at the 10th annual Walk Assemb. Steve Katz at the 10th annual Walk to Defeat ALS at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. Katz was ticketed for speeding and marijuana possession Thursday in Albany County, according to State Police. (July 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Leslie Barbaro

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Westchester Assemb. Steve Katz was ticketed for speeding and marijuana possession Thursday in Albany County, according to State Police.

Katz, 59 (R-Mohegan Lake), was stopped on the New York State Thruway in Coeymans, at the southern end of Albany County, at 10 a.m., according to a news release published Friday by State Police.

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Katz was driving north toward Albany the state Assembly was in session that morning. He was flagged for driving 80 mph in a 65-mph zone. Troopers also cited him for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. He was released, but must appear in Coeymans Town Court on March 28.

Katz, an outspoken conservative, won re-election last fall after prevailing in a bruising GOP primary in September.

Newsday's Ron Bittner has more on the assemblyman's history - including his vote in 2012 against legalizing medical marijuana.

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