Cohoes Mayor Gets Support Despite Domestic Abuse Allegations


More support for Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse, in the wake of newspaper articles that lay out allegations of domestic abuse. 

The mayor has received the backing of the 54-member Cohoes Democratic Committee.  Morse went before the group in a closed-door session Wednesday night to address the allegations. 

Afterward, Chairman Gil Ethier told reporters the committee wants him to finish his two-year term.

“I think most of them feel it’s a personal issue, it doesn’t have too much to do with him as the mayor of the city, as long as it doesn’t affect him staying focused on his job as the city’s mayor.”

Ethier says Morse has the committee's full support.

“Their feeling is really strong that he should stay on and continue what he’s been doing for the last 18 months, finish his term of two years.”

Earlier in the week, Morse said he has done nothing wrong.

“I’ve already said that there was an issue at my house, but there was never any domestic violence at my house, and the rest of the stuff that’s been written about me, is just pure hatred for me for whatever reason.”

State Police are in the midst of an investigation into an incident at Morse's home. 

The Times-Union has also published articles detailing several allegations that go back decades.  

Morse has denied any wrongdoing, and has said he will not resign.

Photo: City of Cohoes Facebook Page

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