State police investigate domestic incident involving Cohoes mayor

November 14, 2017 04:20 PM

COHOES - A domestic incident involving Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is now in the hands of state police.

Brendan Lyons of the Times Union reported that according to a police record, Brenda Morse called 911 Friday morning, saying her husband had grabbed her by the throat and threw her down.

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In a lengthy Facebook post, the mayor mentioned difficulties with his child, saying quote, "Our struggles are heartbreaking and my family is truly hurting."

He talked about having a disagreement with his wife Thursday that spilled into the next day. She wanted him to leave and he refused.

He left to get coffee and returned to find police.

At least one city council leader says handing the case over to the state police is the right thing to do.

"In our city, the mayor serves as the commissioner of public safety. He is the de facto head of the police department, so I'm not sure how you can have the head of the department investigate the head of that department in a fair and just way.  I just don't think that is in the best interests of the mayor, our department, and of the citizens of Cohoes," explained Randy Koniowka.

Morse tweeted Tuesday morning, replying to the Times Union's article, saying "I find it sad, as do many who see through your attempts to destroy me. The Unabomber did not get this much coverage."

NewsChannel 13 reached out to the mayor and police about this case, but no one returned our calls.

Other tweets from the mayor:

The mayor also released the following statement:

"Despite a call to respect my family's privacy during this difficult, challenging ordeal as we handle - as a family - a personal situation with our child, the media reports continue to change and promote falsehoods in spite of the facts. For my family to have to go through this situation as publicly as it unfortunately has is true tragedy of this." "None of this, however, has or will distract my work as Mayor of Cohoes. Our city has tremendous potential and I ran on a campaign to build upon our city's assets, invigorate downtown, increase opportunities, and for us to be Cohoes proud." "Out of an abundant of caution, I, alongside the Cohoes police department, asked for the New York State Police to also review the matter. Again, at this time, I ask for privacy for my family and I during this challenging time."


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