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Cohoes tries moving forward amid mayor's legal troubles

March 01, 2019 06:31 PM

COHOES - It was business as usual at Cohoes City Hall on Friday, with one noticeable exception -- Mayor Shawn Morse didn't show up at the office.

As NewsChannel 13 reported on Thursday, the mayor is facing federal charges, accused of using his campaign fund to line his own pockets.

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In all fairness, mayors will very often get city business done or hold meetings when they’re not in their office. However, it’s unclear where Morse was on Friday.

This all came just one day after he was indicted on a seven-count federal indictment, where he pled not guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy charges and lying to the FBI.

Whether or not the city can function efficiently with these charges hanging over the mayor’s head remains to be seen.

Late Friday afternoon, Morse sent NewsChannel 13 a text message saying in part:

"I have given my heart and soul to this wonderful community. I have never turned my back on anyone in this community in their time of need and I do not believe anyone will turn their back on me in my time of need. Isn't that what community is all about? I will continue to work tirelessly for the people of Cohoes until such time as they tell me they no longer want my services."

He continued:

"I have been cleared of every hurtful charge against me and I am confident I will be cleared of these charges as well."

As the city moves forward, the question is has any harm been done to the city’s reputation. To hear about that, watch the video of Dan Levy’s story.

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