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Governor Cuomo calls on Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse to resign

September 17, 2018 10:33 AM

"My advice to Mr. Morse is the same advice I gave to Sheldon Silvers when charges were pressed against against him when he was speaker of the assembly. It's time to step aside, try to take care of your business and your family said New York State Assemblyman John McDonald from Cohoes.

This statement coming from Assemblyman John Mcdonald Sunday night after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement about Cohoes mayor, Shawn Morse.

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In a statement Gov. Cuomo says "The frightening and egregious evidence of domestic violence against Mayor Morse, as documented in recent media reports, can't be ignored."

The governor also said that given the documented evidence, it is clear morse cannot continue to serve and must resign.

Mcdonald, also the former mayor of Cohoes, is among those who have been vocal since allegations of domestic abuse against Morse were reported on last year.

"I don't know how you can walk into that office and expect to carry on the job of being there" said McDonald.

Mayor Morse disagrees and said in a phone call Sunday, he will not resign. During the call he attacked his wife's mental health and says tables should be turned on the investigation.

"It's very unfortunate that Mr. Morse is making himself out to be the victim when in fact his wife and daughters and now being documented victims in the situation" said McDonald.

Many are saying this is an unusual move for a governor to make when there are no charges filed against him at this time.

"The way this should have been addressed from the day one is that the Cohoes Police Department should have brought the D.A. or the A.G, in to do the investigation, why that decision wasn't made I don't know."

Morse's possible legal troubles may continue. Colonie Police say a complaint was filed Friday involving Morse and his wife in their jurisdictions. They say both sides are cooperating. 

Mcdonald says Morse's actions are affecting more than just him at this stage.

"This is not productive for the city. Mr. Morse has worked hard to try to move the city forward but unfortunately  this incident that dates back to Novemeber and the way its been handled has really set the community back 20 years" said McDonald.
 

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