Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY 20th)
5th-term Democrat from New York.
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep. Paul Tonko
Sen. Charles Schumer

March 16, 2013

As you know, Republican New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz was arrested Thursday morning for possession of marijuana after he was pulled over for speeding, doing 80 MPH. Assemblyman Katz is accused of smoking marijuana while on his way to attend a session of the New York State Assembly. This is where our laws are made. It appears that Assemblyman Katz intended to attend the Assembly session and vote on legislation while under the influence. One must wonder where he purchased the marijuana as that is a separate crime in New York. He clearly has contempt for the laws he has sworn to uphold. He is unfit to hold office.

Katz’s drug arrest for smoking marijuana at 10 in the morning also reveals breathtaking hypocrisy, since Assemblyman Katz is a member of the New York State Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. More importantly, in 2012, Assemblyman Katz voted against legalizing medical marijuana for New Yorkers suffering from diseases like glaucoma and cancer. It’s incredible that Assemblyman Katz thinks the law does not apply to him and believes that this kind of behavior truly represents the people of New York.

I fully support his removal from the Assembly. He should also serve the same punishment as an ordinary citizen accused of the same crime. Say, an African American.

He is a shame and disgrace and should be removed. Most ordinary citizens would be terminated from their places of employment without question had this happened to them.

Schenectady , NY