Governor calls for Cohoes mayor to resign, what state Senate shift could mean, APD chief talks about response to gun violence

Shawn Morse
+ The Times Union obtained child protective services reports and an affidavit that detail allegations Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse was physically violent with his wife and daughter on multiple occasions. Morse's Twitter account called the Times Union reporting "orchestrated stories" and accused the paper of having "exploited the mental illness and drug addiction of my wife for your own personal gain." [TU] [@MayorMorse12047]

+ On Sunday Andrew Cuomo released a statement calling for Morse to resign: "The frightening and egregious evidence of domestic violence against Mayor Morse, as documented in recent media reports, cannot be ignored. Given the documented evidence presented in these reports, it is clear he cannot continue to serve and must resign. The New York State Police have reopened their investigation based on new reported evidence." [Cuomo admin]

+ Also on Sunday: Colonie police said they're investigating a complaint from Morse's wife that he grabbed her and spit in her face during a meeting at Wolf Road restaurant last week. [TU]

+ State Assembly member -- and former Cohoes mayor -- John McDonald on Morse: "I don't know how you can walk into that office and expect to carry on the job of being there." [WNYT]

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Gubernatorial election
+ Andrew Cuomo on his large margin of victory in the Democratic primary: "New York Democrats, these are hard-working men and women, they're middle class, they're working families, they have real problems, and they need real help in life, and they don't need theoretical or abstract solutions, they need real solutions in their lives. And you know what we have done in New York? We have provided real solutions in their lives." [Politico]
+ Chris Churchill on Cuomo losing the Capital Region in the primary: "Many of us work for state government or know somebody who does. That means we've heard stories of awful Cuomo behavior, how he bullies subordinates and foes alike. We've seen the depth of his cynicism, the ease with which he distorts the truth." [TU]
+ Sara Foss on the same angle: "[I]f a giraffe were to run against Cuomo in 2022, my money would be on the giraffe, at least in the Capital Region." [Daily Gazette]
+ Sizing up the matchup between Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro in the general election. [Politico]

State Senate shifting?
What the string of state Senate Democratic primary defeats for incumbent members -- a possible shift of the whole chamber -- could mean for a bunch of high-profile issues. [TU]

North Greenbush supervisor
The Times Union reports that North Greenbush supervisor Lou Desso didn't the pay the town a fee related to the extension of a sewer line for his house -- approved in March 2017 -- until this past August, about the same time State Police started talking with people about Desso's conduct in office. [TU]

Albany gun violence
+ Albany police said Friday that the man shot inside a North Swan Street building last week has died. The shooting is now the city's 11th homicide of the year. [APD] [TU]
+ New police chief Eric Hawkins to Spectrum: "What I have to do is to not let my officers get frustrated by this and not let the community get so frustrated that they don't want to work with the police department ... We've got to continue to reach out." [Spectrum]

Dirt bikes on Albany streets
After continued complaints about dirt bikes speeding along city streets, APD chief Eric Hawkins says the department is developing a plan to get the dirt bikes and other ATVs off the streets. [WNYT]

Armed officers in schools
The Saratoga Springs school board and the city police department are trying to work out whether security monitors on school grounds -- many of them retired law enforcement officers -- should be allowed to carry guns, and if so, how SSPD will know who has a gun. [Daily Gazette]

To what extent has the danger of accident exposure to fentanyl for first responders been overhyped -- and could that, in turn be causing its own kind of harm? [TU]

Rensselaer fire department
A recent order for Rensselaer Fire Department volunteer members to stay out of burning buildings highlighted rift inside the department between the professionals and volunteers. [TU]

Albany streetlights
The outline of a plan is coming together for the city of Albany to buy its streetlights from National Grid for more than $9 million. [TU]

Getting to school
Families in Yates Village in Schenectady live right on the edge of the district's 1.5 mile zone for bus service to their middle school, a distance they say is too far for their kids to walk. [Daily Gazette]

High school to college
Siena and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons have started a program that assures students a spot at the college as early as ninth grade, and even has elements that start in middle school. [Daily Gazette]

Old Songs
Old Songs has a new leader. [TU]

A Saratoga Springs man talked about his recent appearance on Wheel of Fortune. [Saratogian]

Stuff going on today

Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Gettin' Schooled." Monday 7:30 pm

Amy Siskind
Monday: Amy Siskind will be at Skidmore to talk about her book The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year, an even organized by Northshire. "The book is based on the viral Internet phenom 'The Weekly List.' In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and the founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline: 'Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember.'" Monday 8 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Music: The Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary Concert featuring Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & Marty Stuart shows at The Egg are sold out.


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