Assemblywoman calls for Cohoes mayor to step down

December 11, 2017 12:19 PM

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy is calling for the Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse to step down after new allegations of domestic violence. State Police are already investigating a 911 call from Mayor Shawn Morse's wife in November.

"What kept bothering me, is that he carries the title of 'honorable' as an elected official, and that disturbed me," said Assem. Fahy, D-Albany.

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A report in the Sunday Times Union details Shawn Morse's alleged abuse against two other women, including a girlfriend he had in the 80s and a girlfriend in the 90s. Their identities were not revealed.  Fahy says she made the decision to call for Morse to "step aside" after reading the article and hearing from fellow Assembly Member John McDonald.

"Quite frankly, I was shaking. It is very upsetting and what bothered me the most is to see there’s been such a strong history and such a disturbing disturbing pattern of violence and abuse," said Assem. Fahy, D-Albany.

Assemblyman McDonald remembers a physical encounter Morse had with one of the women in his family's Cohoes pharmacy during the mid-80s.  

McDonald says Morse's girlfriend was an employee. He says Morse came in, started an argument her, then dragged her out by her hair.  McDonald says she was okay and finished her shift after the encounter.

"When I see the multiple people coming forward, first hand witnesses, you can call them allegations if you like, but it’s pretty strong," said Fahy.

Although Fahy is speaking out, Cohoes is actually in John McDonald's assembly district. He sent out a statement saying:

"The mayor needs to make a decision that is in the best interests of his family and the City of Cohoes."

State Police are currently investigating a 911 call Morse's wife made in November. The Times Union reported Brenda Morse called 911 saying her husband grabbed her by the throat and threw her down.

We called the mayor and his attorney Joe Ahearn. Morse had no comment. Ahearn gave a statement saying "The mayor is confident that after a thorough investigation by the State Police, it will be evident that the mayor did not engage in any wrongdoing or criminal conduct."

Both Fahy and McDonald were at a regularly scheduled  Albany County Democratic Committee Sunday night. Fahy says we should expect a strong statement from the chairman soon.

The Albany County Democratic Committee Chair Jack Flynn issued the following statement:

"The Albany County Democratic Committee does not condone domestic violence or any form of violence. If in fact, the allegations are found to be true, we ask that Mayor Morse resign from office immediately.

The Ethics Committee of the County Democratic Committee will be examining and discussing this matter further to determine if additional actions are needed."


Asa Stackel

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