The coronavirus pandemic wasn't just a time of daily briefings for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The crisis also turned the Executive Mansion on Eagle Street in Albany into something of a full house.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new book due out on Tuesday, "American Crisis: Leadership Lesson from the COVID-19 Pandemic" details how the governor -- and his dog Captain -- adjusted to an assortment of people at the mansion.
Spectrum News obtained an excerpt of the book on Monday as well as on Sunday in which the governor wrote about the early days of setting up a "containment zone" in the first cluster of coronavirus cases in New Rochelle.
Cuomo writes in one chapter of the book that Captain, a Northern Inuit who weighs about 100 athletic pounds, did not get along with Larry Schwartz, a taciturn former top aide to the governor who later became a board member for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who came to Albany to help with the administration's pandemic response.
The chapter details a sitcom-y turn for a governor and his dog who were largely left to themselves before the pandemic. When more people joined "the pack" things became more complicated for Captain, Cuomo writes.
"Larry appeared afraid of Captain, and Captain adopted a somewhat hostile posture toward Larry," Cuomo writes in the book.
Schwartz would arrive at the mansion after midnight, setting off a commotion with the dog.
"I would set up blockades to allow Larry free passage without encountering Captain, but never with much success," Cuomo writes.
Cuomo's daughters had more success with the dog. Michaela, Mariah and Cara changed him into a "kinder, sweeter, gentler" dog, Cuomo writes.
"Captain has become a tender, loving couch potato" thanks to the daughters, he writes.
"I tell the girls they broke him," Cuomo writes. "They say, no, they fixed him."