The 19-year-old daughter of Gov. Pataki's running mate, former Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Donohue, was charged last week with possession of a small amount of marijuana, state police said Tuesday.
Both Ms. Donohue and Pataki have admitted to experimenting with marijuana when they were college students.
State Police Capt. Ronald Tritto said Sara Kenney, who is about to start her junior year at Fordham University in New York City, was stopped on a speeding charge at about 11:30 a.m. Friday while traveling westbound on Interstate 90 in the town of Schodack just east of Albany.
"What my daughter did was wrong, and she knows that," Ms. Donohue said in a statement released Tuesday by the Pataki-Donohue campaign. "Obviously, this is extremely upsetting to our entire family. We love her, and we will address this as a family."
Eileen Long, Ms. Donohue's campaign spokeswoman, said Ms. Kenney, as permitted by law, would plead guilty to the marijuana charge and a speeding violation through the mail, without appearing in court.