Who are New York's political power couples?

“Politics makes strange bedfellows,” the 19th century writer Charles Dudley Warner once observed.

Warner was referring to political alliances that span the partisan divide, but the phrase can be taken more literally – at least the bedfellows part.

Indeed, the political world is filled with power couples, and perhaps nowhere more than in New York. On the rise are Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump as well as Charles Schumer and Iris Weinshall. On the decline are Bill and Hillary Clinton. Then there are the mainstays, such as Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray.

On this Valentine’s Day, we’re recognizing a few more romantic partnerships that have blossomed in Albany, New York City and elsewhere across the state.

While cynics may question the motives behind some political pairings, in most cases, it’s not at all about gaining power or influence. Instead, it’s about paths that crossed – and heartstrings that fluttered – thanks to shared goals or overlapping professional backgrounds or employers.

Read on to see how these power couples met – and whether politics is part of their pillow talk.