Shawn Morse

Maura Siobhan

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.