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.