Former Cohoes mayor could receive big payday from city

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: October 24, 2019 08:40 PM
Created: October 24, 2019 05:49 PM

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse, who was removed from office after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds, is in line for a big payday from the city.

This story was first reported by the Times Union.


Because of injuries sustained as a firefighter and while he was mayor, the Times Union reports Morse is in line to receive $170,000 in a workers’ compensation settlement. It’s still unclear if Morse will get the full amount.

The paper also reports two councilmen were witnesses when Morse fell down stairs at City Hall last year.

The council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to award Morse $5,000, which would prevent him from filing any future lawsuits against the city.

Morse was a Cohoes firefighter for more than two decades. He also served as the city’s mayor for less than one term.

NewsChannel 13 tried to reach out to Morse for comment. We have not heard back.

Hear a Cohoes councilman discuss what his constituents think of all this by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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