N.Y. veterinarian, assemblyman caught with marijuana

N.Y. veterinarian, assemblyman caught with marijuana

Stopped for speeding, arrested for drug possesion.
May 01, 2013
By dvm360.com staff

Stephen Katz, DVM, 59, of Mohegan, N.Y., who is a state assemblyman for the 99th New York Assembly District, has been arrested on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana during a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in the town of Coeymans, N.Y.

While northbound on I-87, Katz was stopped by a New York state trooper for traveling at 80 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. After noting a distinct odor, the trooper found Katz in possession of a small bag of marijuana, says Frank Bandiero, N.Y. State Police trooper. Katz was later released on a ticket to appear in the Town of Coeymans Court.

According to Katz's state assembly web page, he earned his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and a bachelor of science in animal science from Cornell University in 1976.

Katz has been a practicing veterinarian for 21 years, the website reports. In 1995, he and his wife opened Concourse Animal Hospital on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.