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Protesters demand Cohoes Mayor Morse step down

October 04, 2018 06:08 PM

COHOES - Protesters gathered outside Cohoes City Hall Thursday morning demanding that Mayor Shawn Morse step down immediately following allegations of domestic abuse.

The total number of protesters was three. They say they have many more supporters who couldn't be there because it was the middle of a work day.

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Shortly after the demonstration began, that's when the mayor arrived at City Hall, insisting there are many more people who support him than those who side with protesters.

The protesters, all dressed in purple, call themselves Neighbors United Against Domestic Violence. They say they've seen TV reports and newspaper articles about investigations that are focusing on Morse that chronicle allegations he abused his wife and daughter,. Morse adamantly denies those allegations.

The protesters also say they have attended City Council meetings where they've seen hundreds of citizens who have shown up to support their mayor. They're concerned they haven't seen anyone sticking up for the alleged victims.

"Most abusers say they're innocent," Heather Boltz, of NUADV, asserted. "You have to look at the pattern and there's a definite pattern of behavior in this case. It's not just an isolated incident and that needs to be seriously dealt with."

"It's sad," Morse countered. "My family just needs peace. Their argument is believe in women. I do believe in women but I also believe in the truth. This (accusing men of being abusive) has been going on a long time. It's not just me. It's happening all over the country."

Morse went on to say he's tired of the attacks against him.

"I spent 50 years building a good name and showing true character and it's been assassinated by people that don't even know me," he said.

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