Shawn M. Morse

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Shawn Morse
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Candidate for
New York State Senate District 44
Campaign website
Shawn Morse was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 44 of the New York State Senate.


A firefighter since 1989, Morse previously served as president of the Uniformed Firefighters Local 2562 and received the 2002 Medal for Bravery.[1]


Campaign themes

On his campaign website, Morse lists four main issues of his campaign:[2]

  • Unfunded Mandates and Property Taxes: "Shawn believes in a simple rule: If the State Legislature is going to mandate programs, they need to take the responsibility to figure out how to pay for them."
  • Education: "While there is no silver bullet that will solve all of our problems, Shawn knows that above all we need to make sure that our schools are getting their fair share of state aid, then build from a standpoint of protecting what is working, and fixing what is not."
  • Creating Jobs: "In the past, we relied on Empire Zones as a means of providing tax incentives to businesses that would create jobs in our communities. While the program did work on some occasions, corruption in the process of drawing Empire Zone boundaries often seemed designed around political, rather than economic, goals. Further, companies were never held accountable for meeting their job creation targets, resulting in a program that gave away millions in tax dollars without getting anywhere near enough in return."
  • Crime & Safety: "Recently, we have seen a disturbing increase in gang-related crimes in our cities, which must be addressed. Working with local elected officials and law enforcement, Shawn will work to address this problem through tougher enforcement of those who promote this form of organized crime, as well as developing more afterschool and community programs to give kids better alternatives to joining gangs."



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Morse ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 44. He was defeated by incumbent Neil Breslin in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012.[3]

New York State Senate, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Breslin Incumbent 70.9% 16,795
Shawn Morse 29.1% 6,905
Total Votes 23,700


Morse and his wife Brenda have three children.[1]

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