A New York state trooper, 35, who worked as one of Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s bodyguards and who started a relationship with his daughter, 25-year-old Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, is said to have been a former tennis pro according to online records and pictures posted on social media.
Dane 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
Daughter, Cara, moved into the Executive Mansion with her father, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo during the pandemic
In one photo that was posted by his sister, Aubris, Pfeiffer can be seen walking around a tennis court completely shirtless.
His ripped body appears to be glistening in the sunshine as he walks by, racket in hand.
Pfeiffer got his love of the game from his father who, a retired archaeologist, was a tennis coach in his spare time.
In 2010, dad John Pfeiffer was named ‘All-Area Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year’ after the school he helped coach racked up a 19-1 record according to a report by The Day newspaper from 2010.
His son ended up playing abroad on a couple of occasions. In August 2010, he reached the second round of the Lithuania F1 Futures tournament.
Other pictures harvested from his social media accounts depict him on a mountain hiking trip in the western U.S. and sporting a goofy face for the camera
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)
He then went on to compete in Austria in a the F3 Futures tournament but didn’t manage to get past the first round.
Other pictures harvested from his social media accounts depict him on a mountain hiking trip in the western U.S. and sporting a goofy face for the camera.
In another family photo from 2012, Pfeiffer can be seen sporting a yellow jacket together with his parents John and Marga Pfeiffer, and his sister, Aubris.
Pfeiffer became a trooper in 2015 but earlier this week it was revealed that instead of being part of Governor Cuomo’s personal security team, he has been reassigned to a post near the Canadian border after the governor learned of the relationship.
The pair began dating seven months ago after she had moved into the Executive Mansion during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sources familiar with the matter told the New York Post as soon as the governor found out about the pair Pfeiffer was removed from his security detail and promptly transferred to a posting some 160 miles at a state police station in Plattsburgh.
Other pics see Pfeiffer together with his parents John and Marga Pfeiffer and his sister, Aubris
State police said the trooper ‘requested a voluntary transfer’ on May 24 to join Troop B in northeastern New York, but sources have suggested that he was in face sent away as punishment by Cuomo ‘to keep him away from the daughter’ because he ‘didn’t like whatever they were doing.’
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.
The New York State Executive Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. Pfeiffer is said to routinely return to the abode to pick up Kennedy-Cuomo for dates
Trooper Dane Pfeiffer struck up a relationship with Cara around seven months ago 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. Cuomo and Cara pictured at a coronavirus press briefing in March
Pfeiffer who is said to usually live in Saratoga Springs now has a 260 mile-round trip 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,’ a source told the Post.
Despite the distance, the couple reportedly can’t be kept apart and Pfeiffer often returns to visit the Executive Mansion to take Cara on dates despite her father’s disapproval.
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
‘Trooper Pfeiffer requested a voluntary transfer to Troop B this past May, 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.
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.
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
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.’