Incumbent Cohoes mayor loses in unofficial election results

June 26, 2019 07:22 AM

COHOES- Primary results are in and it appears voters in Cohoes want Mayor Shawn Morse out.         

Bill Keeler is named the unofficial winner this morning in that race. Keeler is up 3-points on embattled incumbent Shawn Morse. That is 103 votes in a four way race.

Morse is in second, ahead of Steve Napier and Peter Frangie.

Although he appears to have lost, Morse says he is not conceding until the absentee votes have been counted. There are about  300 absentee votes that still need to be counted.

On a late night Facebook post Morse said to voters “Down by 88 and still have votes to count. Sorry I let you down.”

Morse is currently facing federal charges, even the governor has asked him to step down.

Despite all of the controversy surrounding Morse, many residents though that maybe he would survive this primary and then go onto re-election as democrats have a stronghold in Cohoes.

Nevertheless the vote went to longtime Cohoes resident and retired State Police Major, Bill Keeler. Keeler started his career as a member of the Cohoes Police Department.

In a speech late Tuesday night, Keeler said “We need to rebuild strained relationships with county, state, and even federal officials to get the flow of outside aid running into Cohoes again. We need to restore our reputation. We need to restore our sense of community.”    

Morse told NewsChannel 13’s Dan Levy last night that he feels bad for the city. “We have done a lot of things for the city that I think are going to stop. Unfortunately a lot of the things that were in the pipeline probably won’t come to fruition. The people spoke and I’m okay with that.”

Morse will face federal charges in an upcoming trial that could happen as soon as next month.

Nevertheless the mayor says he is going to serve out his term and he will be cleared and exonerated.


WNYT staff

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