Politics

Who are New York's biggest political power couples?

For many, politics is a calling and the best way to serve a community. To the skeptics, it’s all about money and power. No matter what reason these movers and shakers got into politics, they all got love out of it. Here are eight of the most politically potent couples in the Empire State.

Hochul

Bill Hochul, U.S. Attorney, Western District of New York + Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul

Bill and Kathy met as Assembly interns in the early 1980’s. They married in 1984 and have two children.

 

Beury

Richard Buery, New York City deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives + Deborah Archer, New York Law School law professor and CCRB Member

Richard and Deborah met at Yale Law School, where he took a class because she was the TA. The pair married in 1997.

 

Matt Wing, communications lead at Uber + Melissa DeRosa, chief of staff to Gov. Cuomo

Matt and Melissa met working together in Cuomo's press office in 2013. They are currently engaged.

 

Camp

Jesse Smith Campoamor, director of community affairs, New York City Comptroller’s Office + Sadye Lee Campoamor, director of community affairs, New York City Department of Education

Jesse and Sadye met a summer camp in 1997, and bonded over both being Jewish Latinos. They married in 2012 and are expecting their first baby in March.

 

hoare

Frank Hoare, General Counsel at the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services + Cathy Calhoun, Chief of Staff, New York State Department of Transportation

The pair have held numerous jobs in government over the past two decades. They married in 2013.

 

Jeff Simmons, executive vice president at Anat Gerstein + Alfonso Quiroz, ConEd spokesman

Jeff and Alfonso met through a friend while attending the U.S. Open. The pair married in 2012, but Superstorm Sandy cancelled their honeymoon.

 

Bob Hardt, NY1 political director + Brigid Bergin, WNYC city hall and politics reporter

Bob and Brigid met through a mutual journalist friend. True New Yorkers, their first “official date” was a Yankees game. The pair married in September.

 

Karen Hinton, press secretary to Mayor de Blasio + Howard Glaser, former top Gov. Cuomo aide

Karen and Howard met while working for at HUD in Washington in the late 1990’s alongside Cuomo and De Blasio. The pair has four kids.

 

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