State Troopers botched investigation into Trooper affair with Cuomo daughter: report

A state trooper who was romantically involved with the daughter of disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo should have been formally disciplined, according to a report released Friday by the state inspector general’s office.

The affair – first exposed by The Post in October 2020 – resulted in Trooper Dane Pfeiffer being transferred from Cuomo’s security detail to a post near the Canadian border after the then-governor’s chief adviser, Melissa DeRosa, alerted state police to the had drawn attention to the problem.

“The Inspector General disagrees [State Police Superintendent Kevin] Bruen’s conclusion that Pfeiffer’s conduct did not constitute a violation of state police procedures warranting the initiation of a formal disciplinary proceeding,” said Warden Lucy Lang’s 32-page report.

The Post reported at the time that Pfeiffer was not found to have committed any wrongdoing and his transfer to a Plattsburgh state police station in May 2020 was not classified as an official disciplinary measure on his record.

“In the nearly year and a half that followed, no personal complaint number was assigned to the matter, the audio files of the two coerced statements [from Pfeiffer and a supervisor] were not properly maintained, reports documenting investigative steps taken in response to the complaint were not completed, nothing was entered into the PSB data management system, and the inspector general was not notified,” Lang wrote.

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa answers questions from Governor Andrew Cuomo during a news conference Friday, September 14, 2018 in New York.
Then Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top assistant, Melissa DeRosa, warned the New York State Police Department about Soldier Dane Pfeiffer’s affair.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file
Kennedy Cuomo speaks onstage during the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Hosts 2019 Ripple Of Hope Gala & Auction in NYC on December 12, 2019 in New York City.
Cara Kennedy-Cuomo has not commented on her relationship with State Trooper Dane Pfeiffer.
Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Human Rights by Robert F. Kennedy
New York State Trooper Dane Pfeiffer.
State Trooper Dane Pfeiffer was transferred to a state police station in Plattsburgh, New York, with no official complaints.

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