Shawn Morse

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Former Cohoes Common Councilor and Albany County Legislator Ralph Signoracci has been sentenced to a year of probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to stealing campaign contributions.

Chris Briggs was sworn in as mayor of Cohoes Tuesday night.
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This post has been updated 8/21/19 10:57 a.m.

Hours after Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court, the Cohoes Common Council named an interim city leader Tuesday night.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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After a long legal saga, calls to resign from the governor and other elected officials and a primary election loss, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court in Binghamton Tuesday.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse outside the city's American Legion Tuesday night
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Despite being more than 100 votes down in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse says he is not conceding.

Mayor Shawn Morse speaks about the closed Cohoes Community Center
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Facing federal campaign finance violation charges and a call from the city council to take a leave of absence, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse appeared before a packed community forum Thursday night to discuss the future of the non-profit Cohoes Community Center.

Cohoes city councilor Steve Napier shared this photo to Facebook.
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WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse early Friday after a massive fire Thursday leveled 17 buildings, leaving about 18 people homeless.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Facing continued questions over the response to a 911 call that reportedly came from the house of the mayor of Cohoes over the weekend, city hall says Monday the investigation will be handed over to New York State Police.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The first-term Democrat tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas his $23.5 million spending plan calls for no increases in both property tax and water and sewer fees.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released an $18.7 million dollar spending plan for the Albany County city that does not raise taxes. Morse spoke about his first proposed budget with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The investigation into a pedestrian fatality on the stretch of 787 that runs through Cohoes has concluded. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Pedestrian safety has been priority one for Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse in the weeks since a teenage girl was struck and killed trying to cross 787.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A local mayor and a Congressman joined forces to call for additional federal funding to remediate Brownfields today.

Cohoes Music Hall

The Palace Performing Arts Center and the City of Cohoes today announced new programming and initiatives at the Cohoes Music Hall — part of the grand reopening of a venue that dates to 1874.

 Pressing the cross button at the intersection of 787 and Bridge Street now stops traffic in all four directions, handing control of the intersection over to pedestrians.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

When a teenage pedestrian was killed crossing the dangerous highway that runs through his Hudson River city in June, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Now, Morse wants that stretch of 787 re-made into a boulevard.  Change is already on the way.

With some neighboring communities grappling with PFOA, one Albany County city has tested its drinking water as a precautionary measure. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the tests came back safe to drink.

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In one of the toughest races on primary day Thursday, Albany County Legislature Chair Shawn Morse defeated Dianne Nolin for mayor of Cohoes. The de facto general election means Morse will succeed outgoing Mayor George Primeau — his uncle. Morse says the Hudson River city of 16,000 people north of Albany faces many challenges, and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus he isn’t surprised he won the race.

The candidates in one upstate mayoral challenge have agreed to run a “clean, positive” race.

Morse For Mayor

Jun 12, 2015
Maura Siobhan

Shawn Morse, the chairman of the Albany County Legislature, is a candidate for Mayor of Cohoes - the nephew of soon-to-retire Mayor George Primeau recently spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas on his decision to run and what his plans for the Spindle City entail.

Albany County Legislature

  A hat officially goes into the ring for Mayor of a Capital Region city.

Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse announced Thursday he will run for mayor of Cohoes:  his uncle. incumbent mayor George Primeau, cited health reasons for a decision not to run earlier this year.

Morse, who is a city firefighter and area labor leader, vies for the Democratic nod against Councilwoman Dianne Nolin.

The city committee will endorse candidates after petitioning concludes in July.

The candidates in an often contentious campaign for the Democratic primary in New York’s 44th State Senate District met in a debate last evening at Russell Sage College in Troy. The campaign between incumbent Neil Breslin and challenger Shawn Morse has been marked with accusations of private investigators and arrest records with character an issue. Andrew Beam, who covered the debate for the Troy Record says while issues were discussed so was the character of the candidates. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.