Morse Pleads Not Guilty as Cohoes Common Council Calls for Him to Step Down

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has entered a not guilty plea to a seven-count indictment charging him with conspiracy, wire fraud and making a false statement.

The Justice Department issued a release late Thursday outlining the accusations.

In it they say Morse and campaign treasurer Ralph Signoracci withdrew funds from a campaign account so that Morse could use the funds for personal expenses.

Campaign Manager Tom Scarff feels the charges bring a sense of closure.

In the meantime, Cohoes Common Council members have passed a resolution calling on Morse to resign or take a leave of absence, with five council members voting in favor of the resolution, and Council President Chris Briggs abstaining.

Councilman Randy Koniowka says it should have happened a long time ago.

Morse has been released on his own recognizance.

He released what he calls his "one and only" statement on Facebook late Thursday.

He says he's confident this will be over soon, and we will finally have all this behind us.

Cohoes Democratic Party Chairman Gill Ethier says Morse may have some hard decisions down the road.

Photo: WNYT

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