New York state trooper, 35, banished to Canadian border after dating Gov Cuomo's daughter, 25, is buff tennis ace

THE New York state trooper who began dating Andrew Cuomo's 25-year-old daughter is reportedly a former tennis pro with chiseled abs who competed in international tournaments.

Dane Pfeiffer, 35, played the sport while attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and has competed in two overseas tournaments, according to online records.


A photo posted online by his older sister, Aubris, in 2008 shows the trooper flaunting his washboard abs as he walked off the court shirtless.

A 2012 photo also shows Pfeiffer wearing a yellow sports jacket at an event with his parents, John and Marga Pfeiffer, and Aubris.

Other photos show him making goofy faces while enjoyinga mountain hiking trip in the US.

Pfeiffer, who became a trooper in 2015, was Cuomo's former bodyguard until he began dating the New York governor's daughter, Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, about seven months ago.

A source told the New York Post that the protective dad "didn't like whatever they were doing", so Pfeiffer was reassigned to a police station 20 miles from the Canadian border.

The move was a result from a May 24 "voluntary transfer" request by Pfeiffer to help "further his career advancement," according to state police.



The trooper apparently got his love for tennis from his dad, a retired archaeologist and former tennis coach.

John Pfeiffer was named All-Area Boys Tennis Coach of the Year after the Old Lyme High School Wildcats nailed a 19-1 record and won the Shoreline Conference regular season title, according to a 2010 article from The Day newspaper.

The article also described a then-25-year-old Dane as a tennis pro and coach.

Dane Pfeiffer made it to the second round of the Lithuania F1 Futures tournament in August 2010 before losing to a rival from Belarus, according to CoreTennis.net.

He also competed in the Austria F3 Futures tournament that same month, but didn't make it past the first round, the website shows.

Pfeiffer and a partner from Switzerland easily made it to the tournament's doubles quarterfinals, where they fell to a Czechoslovakian team, according to the official ATP Tour website.

The trooper, who purchased a house in his alma mater's hometown in 2018, hasn't been seen there since Monday, the Post reported.



Last week, Cuomo said his daughter, who moved into the Executive Mansion in Albany at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, "went to see a friend for a couple of days."

Cuomo's alleged dislike for Pfeiffer contradicts the "advice to fathers" he gave during a press briefing in April when discussing family dinners amid the Covid lockdown that included his daughter Mariah's boyfriend.

"The answer on what you think of the boyfriend is always, ‘I like the boyfriend.’ Always," he said.

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