Cohoes mayor speaks out about allegations

December 13, 2017 05:13 AM

COHOES - Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse walked into Tuesday's City Council meeting to a standing ovation.  There was a push on social media for supporters to show up on his behalf and Morse appeared close to tears when addressing them.

"I can't thank you enough for being here," said Morse just after the meeting began.

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The Mayor's wife, Brenda, was visibly emotional in the front row at City Hall.  The couple's relationship was thrown into the spotlight several weeks ago after a Times Union article detailed a 911 call for domestic violence at the family's home.

After the meeting, NewsChannel 13's Abigail Bleck asked Mayor Morse, "Did you hurt or assault your wife?"

Morse responded, "Why don't you ask her? No, I didn't hurt or assault my wife.  I've been married  20 years.  The cops have never been to my house except once and to think or say that is hurtful to me."

A more recent article outlines additional physical abuse, from years ago, involving Morse and a former girlfriend.  Witnesses claim he also dragged a woman by the hair.  Morse called the incidents "totally fabricated" and added "I can't explain it but it never happened."

Top County Democrats, including two members of the Cohoes Common Council, are calling for Morse's resignation.

"I can't condone the physical assault of a woman and I hope a majority of people in city of Cohoes feel the same way," said Council Member Randy Koniowka after the meeting.

Morse, however, vows to remain. 

"I am not stepping down," the Mayor said to a round of applause.

Despite Morse telling NewsChannel 13 that we could interview his wife, when we attempted that after the meeting he stated she "would not be talking" to media.


Abigail Bleck

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