Cohoes Common Council asks Morse to resign or take leave of absence

March 01, 2019 10:20 AM

The Cohoes Common Council passed a resolution Thursday that asks Mayor Shawn Morse to either resign or take a leave of absence following his arrest.

The common council can’t force the mayor to do either, but they wanted to make a statement.

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“I think it's necessary so that the public and the city residents of Cohoes know that we do take this seriously, we are listening to what they're saying, but again the mayor deserves his day in court,” said Council Member Donald Russell.

Council President Christopher Briggs abstained from voting, because if Morse does resign or take a leave of absence, Briggs would step in as acting mayor. Briggs would not say what he thinks the mayor should do, just that he should take into consideration how his arrest impacts the city.

“The mayor has to make a decision for himself, but also this issue is much bigger than one person,” said Briggs. “It's about the city that many, many people call their home, a place where they raise their children. So he has to take into consideration his own personal situation along with the situation of the entire city.”

While the common council passed Thursday’s resolution, last September they decided not to vote on a resolution asking Morse to resign after domestic abuse allegations surfaced.

“The Town of Colonie has already cleared him, New York State re-opened the investigation because the governor asked them to, but they had already dropped the charges against him,” said Russell.

Briggs said he is concerned about what’s next for the city.

“We're in a situation where we need some guidance and I'm not quite sure where that guidance is going to quite come from,” said Briggs.


Emily De Vito

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