A New York state trooper who was reassigned to the Canadian border after it was found out that he was having a relationship with deposed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter has gotten himself a promotion.
Dane Pfeiffer, 35, has been upped to a sergeant with the New York State Police and assigned to New York City, beginning on Thanksgiving Day.
Pfeiffer struck up a relationship with Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, 25, in early 2020 when he was part of her father’s security detail in Albany and she had moved into the Executive Mansion during the coronavirus pandemic, according to sources.
Due to a sexual harassment scandal, Cuomo is now no longer Pfeiffer’s boss.
People familiar with the matter told the New York Post the governor found out the pair were dating soon after and Pfeiffer was removed from his security detail and transferred 160 miles away to a state police station in Plattsburgh.
State police said the trooper requested a ‘voluntary transfer’ on May 24, 2020 to join Troop B in northeastern New York however sources claim he was sent away as punishment and ‘to keep him away from the daughter’.
New York State Trooper Dane Pfeiffer, who was in a relationship with Andrew Cuomo’s daughter, Cara Kennedy-Cuomo
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
A New York state trooper, 35, who worked as one of Andrew Cuomo’s bodyguards has been reassigned to a post near the Canadian border after the governor learned he had started a relationship with his 25-year-old daughter Cara Kennedy-Cuomo (pictured at New York Fashion Week in February)
A law enforcement source said Pfeiffer’s relationship with the governor’s daughter broke ‘the protocol of dignitary protection’, meaning he could no longer serve in Cuomo’s security detail.
However the trooper’s actions were not classed as misconduct and didn’t go on his record as an official disciplinary matter, they said.
That said, the governor wasn’t reportedly happy with the two dating and Pfeiffer was sent to the post just 25 miles south of Canada.
‘[Pfeiffer] was transferred to keep him away from the daughter because the governor didn’t like whatever they were doing,’ one source said.
Pfeiffer, who attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, near Albany in Upstate New York, played tennis while he was a student at the school.
He was so good that he ended up competing in two tournaments overseas, according to school records.
Dane Pfeiffer, 35, is believed to have struck up a relationship with New York Governor’s daughter, Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, 25. A search of social media shows him to have been an avid tennis player and someone who likes to keep fit by working out
Pfeiffer reportedly lives in Saratoga Springs, meaning he has been slapped with a 260 mile-round commute to Plattsburgh.
Sources dubbed the trooper’s relocation ‘highway therapy’ – a tactic where officers have lengthy commutes pushed on them as an informal punishment.
‘[Cuomo] is limited in how much he can screw with him, so highway therapy is one of his few options,’ source told the Post.
Despite the distance, the couple reportedly can’t be kept apart and Pfeiffer often visits the Executive Mansion to take Cara on dates despite her father’s disapproval, a source said.
State police claim the transfer is ‘routine’ and came at the request of the trooper himself.
Sources told the New York Post the governor found out the pair were dating soon after and Pfeiffer was removed from his security detail and transferred 160 miles away to a state police station in Plattsburgh. Pictured Cara circled with from left her twin sister Mariah Kennedy-Cuomo, mom Kerry Kennedy and younger sister Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo in 2019
Cuomo pictured with Cara at the Democratic National Convention in 2016
State police said the trooper requested a ‘voluntary transfer’ on May 24 to join Troop B in northeastern New York however sources claim he was sent away as punishment and ‘to keep him away from the daughter’. Pictured Cara and Gov. Cuomo in 2019 on a visit to the MTA L Project tunnel
‘Trooper Pfeiffer requested a voluntary transfer to Troop B [in May 2020], stating that he wanted to gain more field experience and further his career advancement track to the rank of sergeant,’ New York State Police told DailyMail.com in a statement.
‘Such requests are routine, and it was granted.’
The spokesman added that DailyMail.com’s request for comment from Cuomo’s office had also been directed to them.
Pfeiffer began his career at Troop B on graduating from the State Police Academy in 2015.
Pfeiffer’s grandmother was even interviewed about the courtship and Cuomo’s apparent attempts to separate the two.
‘Dane has always been a wonderful, lovely, kind and considerate person,’ Marianne Pfeiffer told The New York Post in November 2020. ‘I think he’s being ridiculous, because he’s always been a good friend of the family — and a good friend of Dane.’
Cuomo has often made jokes about his daughter Mariah’s love interest but has made no mention of Cara being in a relationship.
Earlier this month he tweeted a photo of him sitting around the dinner table with his three daughters – Cara, her twin Mariah and Michaela, 23.
‘Sunday dinner – Check. Meatballs – Check. The Boyfriend – ?’ he wrote.
Cuomo has often made jokes about his daughter Mariah’s love interest but has made no mention of Cara being in a relationship. Earlier this month he tweeted a photo of him sitting around the dinner table with his three daughters joking about ‘the boyfriend’ being absent
Cuomo was apparently making a joke about Mariah’s boyfriend Tellef Lundevall, 29, with a spokesman later telling The Post: ‘We like the boyfriend.’
Days later, he continued the joke in an appearance on ‘The Late Show.’
‘Let’s just say the boyfriend is no longer with us,’ he said before breaking into a laugh.
Back in April, Cuomo said Lundevall was ‘very nice’ before launching into advice to other fathers that they should always say ‘I like the boyfriend’.
‘The answer on what you think of the boyfriend is always, ‘I like the boyfriend.’ Always,’ he said during one of his daily press conferences when he detoured from coronavirus to what to do when your daughter brings her suitor over for Sunday dinner.
Mariah Kennedy Cuomo with her boyfriend Tellef Lundevall, 29. Back in April, Cuomo said Lundevall was ‘very nice’ before launching into advice to other fathers that they should always say ‘I like the boyfriend’
‘In this case, I actually like the boyfriend,’ he said.
He warned of a syndrome called ‘NDS’ if parents put up resistance to their daughters’ choices of partner.
‘NDS is Natural Defiance Syndrome,’ he said.
‘It’s not documented, but it is a psychological condition where if you say as a father, ‘I don’t like him,’ Natural Defiance Syndrome kicks in and then they like the boyfriend more because he is opposed by the father,’ he said at the time.
He later reinforced that he likes ‘the boyfriend’ but that his dog Scout ‘does not.’
The move didn’t end the couple’s relationship, as Pfeiffer frequently came back to the Executive Mansion to pick up Kennedy-Cuomo for dates, angering the former governor, according to a source.
It is unclear if the two are still dating.