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Former state police leader running for Cohoes mayor

January 22, 2019 07:53 PM

COHOES - A former high-ranking member of the New York State Police threw his hat into the ring on Tuesday for mayor of Cohoes.

Bill Keeler didn't pull any punches as he talked about what's wrong with the leadership of the city where he grew up.

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Keeler says the first step to removing the black cloud over the city of Cohoes is removing the current mayor.

Keeler was joined by his wife and a group of children and grandchildren as he announced that he is running for mayor of Cohoes against incumbent Shawn Morse.

He's a Democrat and retired as a Major with the New York State Police, where he led some 700 men and women.

Keeler grew up in Cohoes, like the generations before him. His children live and work there. 

He's got a 32-year career in law enforcement, starting as a Cohoes officer before joining the New York State Police.

He's been the vice chairman of the Cohoes IDA since October.

He says he's only coming out of retirement now because he loves Cohoes and wants better for the city. He vows to get the community center re-opened.

Incumbent Shawn Morse has had a tumultuous year -- facing allegations of domestic violence and investigations by the state police and FBI.

There has been a chorus of local and state leaders, including the governor, calling for him to step down.

Keeler says he's not a career politician, but he can no longer stand back and watch what's happening to his hometown.

The primary is in June.

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