We knew that 2014 would be a year of change in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio took office as part of a progressive wave that also ushered in the most liberal City Council we have seen in decades. How those two entities would operate and how outside influences would impact the political wheeling and dealing in and around City Hall was uncertain.

Over the past year the picture has become clearer as we have talked with political insiders and followed the movements of city government in 2014.

In compiling the list, we came to several general conclusions. First, that overall the clout of the City Council is not what it has been in past years. The influx of new members and the close relationship with the mayor’s office has diminished the political power of the speaker and the members. That is reflected in our rankings.

Also, we have found that the influence of lobbyists, special interests and the media has grown. This was to be expected after 12 years under Michael Bloomberg, whose personal fortune often insulated him from these outside influences. We didn’t start to see that shift until we were well into 2014, so this year’s list comes with lots of changes.

Another factor on the rankings was the outcome of the 2014 elections. Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate diminished the influence of Democratic members of Congress. State Senate Republicans taking outright control of the chamber also alters the landscape, because so much of the mayor’s progressive agenda is dependent on changing state law.

I have no doubt that this list will be met with criticism from some. It is every year. But decisions were not made lightly. We reached out to sources to get a sense of what they were seeing. We considered pitches from all corners of government. And we took all of the feedback we got with a grain of salt and a skeptical mind. In the end, we have come up with a list that accurately reflects the current political landscape in New York City and will hopefully ignite a vigorous debate.

President, The Parkside Group

100

Harry Giannoulis


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President, The Black Institute

99

Bertha Lewis


Last Year's Rank: 42

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Executive Director, DC37

98

Henry Garrido


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Managing Director, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz

97

Mike Woloz


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President, Uniformed Firefighters Association

96

Steve Cassidy


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Managing Director, McKenna, Long & Aldridge

95

Michael Klein


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Senior Vice Chancellor, City University of New York

94

Jay Hershenson


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Commissioner, Mayor's Office for International Affairs

93

Penny Abeywardena


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New York Co-Chairman, Greenberg Traurig

92

Ed Wallace


Last Year's Rank: 94

Change: +2

Chief of Staff, City Council

91

Ramon Martinez


Last Year's Rank: 99

Change: +8

Staten Island District Attorney

90

Dan Donovan


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President, RWDSU

89

Stuart Appelbaum


Last Year's Rank: 96

Change: +7

Cardinal and Archbishop of New York

88

Timothy Dolan


Last Year's Rank: 46

Change: -42

Chancellor, City University of New York

87

James Milliken


Last Year's Rank: 91

Change: +4

Chairman, Related Companies

86

Stephen M. Ross


Last Year's Rank: 70

Change: -16

CEO, Thor Equities

85

Joseph Sitt


Last Year's Rank: 84

Change: -1

Congressman

84

Charles Rangel


Last Year's Rank: 81

Change: -3

Counsel to the Mayor

83

Maya Wiley


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City Planning Commissioner

82

Carl Weisbrod


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Executive Director, New York State Nurses Association

81

Jill Furillo


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President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

80

Kathryn Wylde


Last Year's Rank: 15

Change: -65