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.
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.
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.
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.
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.