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Police Probe Incident Allegedly Involving Cohoes Mayor

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Authorities say a mayor accused of choking his wife and daughter last year allegedly grabbed an 18-year-old man during an incident at the politician's upstate New York home. 

Police in Cohoes say officers responded to Mayor Shawn Morse's home Saturday after the Democrat called 911 asking for assistance.

The Times Union reports a teen who used to date one of Morse's daughters showed up at his home and threatened him. Morse's attorney told the paper that the mayor grabbed the teen by the neck and pushed him off the front porch.

Cohoes police turned the matter over to state police, who have launched an unrelated investigation into allegations that Morse choked his wife and daughter during separate incidents in 2017.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other top New York Democrats have called for Morse's resignation.

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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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