Cohoes Mayor: "I am entitled to due process"

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse responds to allegations of domestic abuse claims from decades ago. (FILE WRGB)

COHOES, NY (WRGB) - The mayor of Cohoes, Shawn Morse, has released a statement after reports of domestic abuse surfaced, dating back to almost 30 years.

In a release Mayor Morse says he refused to "dignify news stories on unnamed sources, political opportunists, rumor and innuendo from thirty years ago"

He is also asking residents "to keep an open mind and permit any such allegations to be resolved by the Courts, where I am entitled to the same measures of due process as any other citizen."

Over the weekend, Assemblywoman Fahy called for the Mayors resignation.

Former Mayor, Assemblyman John McDonald told CBS6, "Morse needs to decide what is in the best interest of his family and the City of Cohoes."

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan posted a comment on Facebook, agreeing with Assemblywoman Fahy and asking for Mayor Morse to resign.

The reports originated from an article from the Times Union over the weekend. Recently Mayor Morse was under fire over reports of a domestic dispute in Cohoes. That investigation was turned over to state police.

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