Cohoes Common Council holds special meeting after domestic abuse allegations against the mayor

September 17, 2018 11:29 PM

COHOES – The Cohoes Common Council called for a special meeting Monday night to discuss the possibility of Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse resigning.  Morse was greeted by applause as soon as he walked into the meeting.

"I ain't down, I ain't on my knees, I ain't resigning,” said Mayor Morse.

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The common council has not authority to actually make the mayor resign. Council President Christopher Briggs said it would be difficult to bring forward a resolution on that. He said Monday night’s meeting was about having a productive discussion after the domestic violence abuse allegations against Morse and after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on him to resign.

"Then you got the democratic committee, the Albany County Legislature and Dan McCoy the Albany County Executive,” said Briggs. “Another weight, another heavy yolk for our mayor to carry."

The meeting started with public comment. The majority of residents spoke in favor of Morse staying on as mayor.

One resident said he has more character and heart than anyone he knows. Another woman said he’s the only mayor that she remembers in Cohoes that has done well for the city.

A few concerns were brought up. One included how funding for the city from Albany County and the state would be impacted. One resident said the entire situation has been an embarrassment for Cohoes and she worried no one would want to bring their businesses into the city.

The common council made no formal action against Morse Monday night. They said while they were concerned if he’d be able to perform under all this pressure, some say they think he can.

"He's the kind of guy that I guess if you backed into a corner, he'll fight even more,” said Council President Briggs. “There's a possibility we'll get even more out of the Mayor now than we have before."

Councilman Randy Koniowka said he stand by calling on the Mayor Morse to resign.


Emily De Vito

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