YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Assembly member Steve Katz (R,C,I-Yorktown) accepted a plea deal Thursday in Coeymans Town Court to dismiss a marijuana possession charge provided that he completes 20 hours of community service and stays out of trouble for six months, according to a report by the Times Union.
Katz was not present in court Thursday, but the deal was finalized by his attorney who appeared on his behalf, the report said. He must also pay a $75 fine.
He reportedly pleaded guilty to improper parking.
The sophomore Assembly member was charged March 14 with unlawful possession of marijuana and issued a ticket to appear in court.
Katz was stopped on the New York State Thruway after allegedly driving 80 mph in a 65 mph speed limit and was found to be in possession of marijuana, State Police said.
Katz, a veterinarian, was elected to the state Assembly for the 99th Assembly District in November 2010 and was re-elected in 2012. His newly drawn district includes Yorktown, Somers and parts of Putnam County.