Cohoes mayor: The truth will soon come out

September 17, 2018 01:15 PM

In a phone call with NewsChannel 13's Kumi Tucker, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is defending himself against recent allegations, describing them as "total nonsense."

The mayor says he sat silent for 10 months, knowing state police would clear him.

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"I tried to be quiet and not hurt my family. I tried to be quiet and let this thing just go away, hoping that my wife would get the help she needs. Unfortunately, it's come to this and I have no choice but to defend myself vigorously, because my career and my life and my livelihood will not be destroyed by anybody by making accusations against me that are not true," said Morse.

"I don't know why the governor did that. I'll tell you the truth. I'm quite disappointed that he did do that. He doesn't know me. He doesn't know my family. He's never sat down with my kids, who will tell you that there's a different story. He's never sat down with my neighbors in the neighborhood that will tell you a different story. Politics is an ugly business and so I guess in this business wherever you can make brownie points, you try to make them, but they're not going to do it at my expense or that of my kids."

When asked if he would resign, Morse responded:

"Absolutely not. I'm not resigning. Nobody's telling me to resign. Nobody's going to dictate what my life should be because they think they have a right to do that. There's plenty of room for all of them to look in the mirror and ask if they should resign."

Many people have criticized the handling of the allegations by the leaders of the Cohoes Police Department.

NewsChannel 13's Kumi Tucker asked the Albany County District Attorney's Office if they were investigating the handling of that case by Cohoes Police. A spokeswoman says the entire matter is still under review, but they declined further comment as they don't confirm matters before their Public Integrity Unit, per office policy.

Mayor Morse says he will speak about this entire matter very soon and the truth will soon come out.


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