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Cohoes mayor says he's not going anywhere

September 17, 2018 06:26 PM

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse says he’s not going anywhere amid domestic violence allegations against him.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Morse continued to deny the allegations. It comes after he said Friday that state police cleared him from allegations of abuse that arose through a 911 call last November. However, a state police spokesman now says the case is active once again.

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A number of people have called on the mayor to resign, including Gov. Cuomo, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and the state Democratic Committee chair.

During the past 10 months, Morse has become the spokesperson for his city's police department, invoking the commissioner of public safety title. He has also cut ribbons and held news conferences about speed limits on 787 and development in the city. However, he had not talked about the case hanging over his head.

WEB EXTRA: Full press conference with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse

"This is our responsibility. This is the responsibility of the Common Council and the citizens of Cohoes to say enough is enough," said Cohoes City Councilman Randy Koniowka.

He is one of the most outspoken critics of Morse. He has called for him to step down ever since the report of possible abuse in the Morse household last fall, after Morse's wife called 911. It became a state police case that was quelled for months. However, it was clear the Morse marriage of 19 years was over. They were separated.

WEB EXTRA: 911 calls from Cohoes mayor's wife

Then, late last week, Morse met with his estranged wife at a Denny's on Wolf Road in Colonie. The Times Union cites sources that say they argued about separation agreements and it escalated -- even physically. She says he spit at her. She would eventually report that incident from the parking lot of the restaurant to Colonie Police -- instead of calling State Police investigators that had been working on her case.

Morse has denied touching his wife, his daughters, and his son. He said he will take that to the grave.

An emergency City Council meeting was set for 7 p.m. on Monday.

NewsChannel 13’s continues to follow this story. We will have updates on WNYT.com and our later newscasts.

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