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Assemblyman's pot charge reduced to parking ticket

ALBANY-- The speeding and possession of marijuana charges against Assemblyman Steve Katz, R- Mohegan Lake, have been reduced to a parking ticket. Katz will also serve community service, his attorney said Thursday.

Katz was ticket by state police last month for speeding and possessing marijuana after "there was an odor in the vehicle", the police report said. Katz was coming to Albany for session.

Appearing on his behalf in Coeymans Town Court, Attorney Susan Chana Lask, said Thursday "He has a stellar record. He has never had a problem before, so they reduced it."

Lask was pressed by reporters wanting to know if Katz had marijuana on him during the time he received his ticket but she would not answer directly.

"We were all not there," she told reporters. "Police often, (in) their reports are not correct. I never spoke to this police officer he was not here. There was not a trial and there was no admission of guilt. The case was dismissed," said Lask.

Katz`s plea means he will pay a $75 charge to the court for his parking ticket and will undergo 20 hours community service. Katz will work in an animal shelter, his attorney said.

On Wednesday Katz was at an assembly GOP press conference pushing for ethics reform seeking recall elections. Such a process would allow constituents, not happy with the way their lawmakers are serving them, to garner enough votes- mid term- and possibly have them voted out of office.

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