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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse gets support from city’s Democratic Committee

December 13, 2017 11:29 PM

Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse received the backing of the Cohoes Democratic Committee Wednesday night, even as the mayor battles allegations of domestic abuse dating back decades. 

“It doesn't have much to do with him being the Mayor of the city as long as it doesn't affect him staying focused on his job of the city as mayor,” said Cohoes Democratic Chairman Gil Ethier.

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Ethier said Morse called a special meeting with the 54-member committee meeting Wednesday night to address the allegations. 

He said Morse and the committee believe it is best for the mayor to finish his term despite calls from multiple political officials for him to step down. 

“Their feeling is really strong that he should stay on, continue what he's been doing for the last 18 months,” Ethier said. “Finish his term of two years.” 

The committe's support could change depending on the outcome of an investigation by state police regarding a domestic incident at Morse's home in November. 

The Times Union reported last month that Brenda Morse called 911 saying her husband grabbed her by the throat and threw her down.

Morse received a standing ovation at a council meeting Tuesday where he denied those reports.

“I've already said that there was an issue at my house but there was no domestic violence at my house and the rest of the stuff that's being written about me is just pure hatred for me for whatever reason.” 

The rest of the stuff the mayor referred to includes a  report in Sunday’s Times Union detailing Morse's alleged abuse against a girlfriend in the 80s and another in the 90s. 

The paper published a new article Wednesday in which the roommate of Morse's girlfriend in the 90s says the two were so terrified of his abuse that they slept with a butcher knife between their beds.

“As far as him being guilty of that stuff, nobody’s come forward and stuff like that,” Ethier said. “He has a lawyer.”

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