Democratic primary results shift Cohoes politics

June 26, 2019 06:27 PM

COHOES - Primary Day is over, but the results from at least one of Tuesday night's elections are still unofficial.

Bill Keeler got the most votes in the race for Cohoes mayor. The incumbent, Shawn Morse, says he's not giving up until absentee ballots are counted.


The primary means there could be big changes at Cohoes City Hall.

Voters appear to have ousted embattled Mayor Morse. Keeler leads after the primary. He's up by 103 votes, with 295 absentee ballots issued, according to the City Democratic Committee.

Morse spoke on primary night.

"I'm really excited about the fact that many people still voted for me when everybody and their brother was taking a pot shot at me during the worst of my times," said Morse.

His campaign manager, Tom Scarff, talked about where they stand now.

"Really interested in finding out what the result of the absentee ballot count will show. Although we're not really optimistic about the outcome, we do believe that there's a possibility that we can overcome the deficit," said Scarff.

Party leaders say amid calls for Morse to resign, voters needed to have their voices heard.

"I took the position that first of all, he ain't going to step down. And number two, I wouldn't ask him because let the voters decide -- and that's where we're at right now, but we stayed out of it because of that, and we let the voters decide. We didn't want to endorse somebody and influence how they may vote," said Gill Ethier with the Cohoes Democratic Committee.

Keeler talked about getting to work on re-opening the community center, improvements to infrastructure, and taking politics out of the police department.

"I think one of the big issues was that they want to see honor and integrity and professionalism restored to City Hall, but the rest of my message resonated as well. I talked about rebuilding relationships with the county, state, and federal officials that we need to partner with to get aid back into Cohoes," said Keeler.

NewsChannel 13 is told the absentee ballots will be counted early next week.


WNYT Staff

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