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Cuomo Captain

Gov. Andrew Cuomo poses with his new dog, Captain, at the Governor's Mansion in Albany. 

The newest member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration made his debut Monday at the Executive Mansion in Albany. 

Cuomo introduced Captain, his 14-week-old puppy, to the crowd of New York mayors and local officials gathered at the mansion. Photos of the new canine began circulating on social media. 

Cuomo's office released a video clip showing the governor introducing Captain to the crowd. The governor explained that it was his daughters' idea to get a dog. 

"They are nowhere to be found now," he said. "Dad has the puppy." 

Not only did his daughters want to get a dog, but they also selected the name. They wanted Captain. He preferred Excelsior, a nod to the state motto. 

"Wouldn't that have been a great name?" he asked the crowd. 

Cuomo's dog is the latest in a line of gubernatorial pets. His predecessor, Gov. David Paterson, had a dog named Cheerio who had quite the reputation in Albany. Cuomo's father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, had a German shepherd named Cara. 

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