New York’s politically powerful pets

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Captain.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Captain.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Captain.

New York’s politically powerful pets

These four-legged friends are inspiring an animal-friendly New York.
July 31, 2019

Behind every great politician is a great pet.

At the end of a long day of lawmaking, it’s nice to come home to a furry (or scaled or feathered) friend. Just last week, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal got to tell her cat Kitty that none of her feline friends will get declawed, thanks to a new law Rosenthal championed banning the practice that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed. Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou’s dog Samson often accompanies her on trips to Albany when the state Legislature is in session, so she doesn’t even need to wait until she’s back in Manhattan to give him a snuggle. And state Sen. James Tedisco actually brought his corgi Gracie to the state Capitol itself for this year’s Animal Advocacy Day. Then, of course, there are the office cats like Rocky – a bona fide social media influencer – in New York City Councilman Robert Holden’s Queens office.

From the state’s first pet, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dog Captain, to New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s “fat and sweet” cat Mousse, here are some of the most politically powerful pets in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Captain.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Captain.
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  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Captain.
  • New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mousse.
  • Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Zuzu.
  • Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Kitty.
  • Assemblyman Joe Lentol's cat Brooke.
  • Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (out of frame) and Samson.
  • Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter and Barklay.
  • State Sen. Robert Antonacci and Abbey.
  • State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi's cat Lexington.
  • State Sen. Phil Boyle and Livvy.
  • State Sen. James Tedisco and Gracie.
  • State Sen. James Gaughran and Corbin.
  • Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan and Fresco.
  • New York City Councilman Robert Holden and Rocky.
  • New Castle Councilwoman Ivy Pool and Abbie.
  • State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and "Kolby" the dog
Rebecca C. Lewis
is a staff reporter at City & State.
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