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Trooper who dated daughter of Andrew Cuomo should have been disciplined and not sent to border

A new report from the New York State Inspector General says that the state trooper who was reassigned to the Canadian border after it was revealed that he was having a relationship with then Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s daughter should have been disciplined for the affair.

Dane Pfeiffer, 37, a member of the ex-governor’s security detail, had a relationship with the ex-governor’s daughter, Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, 27. 

Cuomo’s daughter told the governor of the relationship on May 21, 2020 — the very next day Pfeiffer was summoned to a state police office for an interview that was never filed as a personnel complaint, according to the report. 

Pfeiffer was then quickly transferred to work near the Canadian border. 

The 32-page report says that the state police’s actions in response to the information was inappropriate. 

Inspector General Lucy Lang wrote: ‘The Inspector General does not agree with [State Police Superintendent Kevin] Bruen’s conclusion that Pfeiffer’s conduct did not constitute a violation of State Police rules warranting the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings.’

Pfeiffer was never officially disciplined over the matter, the New York Post reported at the time and the new report confirms.  

A new report from the New York State Inspector General says that the New York State Trooper Dane Pfeirffer (pictured) 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 should have been disciplined

Cara Kennedy-Cuomo (right) told her father (left) about the relationship on May 21, 2020 — the very next day Pfeiffer was summoned to a state police office for an interview that was never filed as a personnel complaint, according to the report.

Cara Kennedy-Cuomo (right) told her father (left) about the relationship on May 21, 2020 — the very next day Pfeiffer was summoned to a state police office for an interview that was never filed as a personnel complaint, according to the report.

Lang also felt the state police improperly investigated the matter with regard to Pfeiffer and his supervisor.   

‘In the nearly 18 months that followed, no personnel complaint number was assigned to the matter, the audio files of the two compelled statements [from Pfeiffer and a supervisor] were not properly maintained, reports documenting the investigative steps taken in response to the complaint were not completed, nothing was entered into the PSB record management system, and the Inspector General was not notified,’ Lang wrote.

Lang reveals that Pfeiffer applied for the transfer himself and his supervisor at the time, who knew about the relationship ‘weeks earlier,’ retired soon after.

Kevin Bruen, the first deputy superintendent of the State Police who is now the State Police Superintendent, was responsible for the matter and told him that he would not be formally disciplined, but should apply for a transfer off Cuomo’s detail immediately.

Pfeiffer’s commander at the time suggested that the trooper may have taught Kennedy-Cuomo ‘how to defeat surveillance, you know, protection.’

Kevin Bruen, the first deputy superintendent of the State Police who is now the State Police Superintendent, was responsible for the matter and told him that he would not be formally disciplined, but should apply for a transfer off Cuomo's detail immediately

Kevin Bruen, the first deputy superintendent of the State Police who is now the State Police Superintendent, was responsible for the matter and told him that he would not be formally disciplined, but should apply for a transfer off Cuomo’s detail immediately

Andrew Cuomo's daughter Cara Kennedy-Cuomo is seen arriving at their Albany home

Andrew Cuomo’s daughter Cara Kennedy-Cuomo is seen arriving at their Albany home

Bruen told the IG: ‘[T]his was concerning because of the factor . . . of the time that he’s been compromised … you can’t be in this position and have that kind of a relationship with one of the protectees. You might be, supposed to be at a particular assignment, and if there’s a fire in the house, you run to your beloved. Right. But that’s not your job.’

Within days, Pfeiffer did just that and was sent to the Canadian border. 

Bruen is accused of not informing the Inspector General of the allegation, despite him saying that ‘I’m being told this is a clear case of misconduct and violating the rules.’

She asserts that the entire ordeal may have remained swept under the rug had the state troopers’ Police Benevolent Association requested a copy of his statement for the interview at the satellite office. 

Bruen was later nominated by Cuomo while he was still in office and confirmed in June 2021 unanimously by the state senate. 

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

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

Cuomo pictured with Cara at the Democratic National Convention in 2016

Cuomo pictured with Cara at the Democratic National Convention in 2016

A grievance was filed after the state police told him that no record of the interview was found. 

Lang claims that the circumstances and the ‘expedited timing’ of the interviews were appropriate, the state police otherwise ‘did not follow its own procedures’ or state law.    

She writes: ‘These failings prevented a full and fair review of the investigation, which, while problematic in any circumstance, is of even graver concern here, where the facts call into serious question the decision not to formally discipline Pfeiffer for his conduct, particularly when a simultaneous decision was made to discipline his supervisor for failing to take action upon learning of that same conduct.’

Lang notes that since his promotion, Bruen has formalized regulations to prohibit relationships between officers and those they’re assigned to protect.

When contacted by DailyMail.com, the New York State Police affirmed this: ‘Last year, State Police initiated a complete overhaul of the Protective Services Unit’s organizational structure and policies, and we are already working with the Inspector General to ensure the recommendations in the report are implemented. We believe the additional changes recommended by the IG will build on the reorganization of the unit and enhance the consistency and fairness of our internal investigations’.

Ultimately, Lang reached a conclusion that Bruen was wrong and Pfeiffer’s conduct constituted a violation of state police rules.  

Thomas Mungeer, the president of the state troopers’ PBA, was outraged by that conclusion and defended Pfeiffer in a statement. 

‘I am speechless at the inspector general’s report,’ he said. ‘Our trooper is being used as a political pawn for a power grab by the inspector general to assert her undue influence on the New York State Police.’ 

Pfeiffer struck up a relationship with Kennedy-Cuomo 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. 

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

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.  

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.’ 

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. 


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