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Cohoes Mayor: "I Won't Resign."

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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse addresses reporters at City Hall.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse struck back Monday afternoon against those calling for his resignation, and followed up Monday night, appearing at a special Common Council meeting.

Morse, who is facing allegations of domestic abuse published in the Times Union newspaper, said at City Hall Monday afternoon that he will not step aside.  The first-term Democrat denied all allegations, telling reporters he is a broken man.

He later showed up at a special session of the Common Council, where many residents spoke on his behalf. Supporters vastly outnumbered citizens who want him ousted.

"I'm not resigning from my position. I was elected by the citizens of the city of Cohoes. They will tell me whether I shoul dcontinue to be emplyed as mayor of this city."

The Council has no power to dismiss or replace the Mayor. Councilman Randy Koniowka says, "This is untenable. And it's only gonna get worse before it gets better."

CLICK HERE to watch a portion of the Common Council meeting.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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