Cuomo’s dog was secretly promoted to ‘Captain’

New York’s top dog got a secret promotion — leading political wags to suggest it’s part of a plan to boost his master’s Democratic pedigree.

Trooper, a cute Northern Inuit who joined Gov. Cuomo’s family in January, was renamed Captain by the time he was shown off to the puparazzi Feb. 12.

“The dog got a fast promotion,” quipped Democratic consultant George Arzt. “If you’re running for president, you can’t just have a trooper by your side — you have to have a captain, like Captain America.”

“Trooper implies state government,” Fordham University political scientist Dr. Christina Greer said. “Captain is patriotic [and] implies military.”

“Trooper” also reminded Greer of state police scandals Cuomo might rather forget.

One was the secret wage hikes given to top state police brass just before Cuomo took office in 2011. And recently, Cuomo has been hounded for assigning more state troopers to patrols in New York City.

The gov wanted to name the dog Excelsior, which is the state motto.

But his daughters vetoed that idea, and settled on Captain — a move Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi called a “coup d’état.”

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