If 2014 was the year of progressive change in New York City – with a liberal mayor and City Council coming to power after 12 years of a moderate technocratic administration – 2015 could be characterized as a regression to the mean. 

The honeymoon is firmly over for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who saw much of the public enthusiasm for his political agenda wane in his second year. Meanwhile, the promise of an activist City Council has begun to fade as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and nearly half of the council approach lame duck status.

In fact, the 2017 election year played a role in the overall churn of this year’s list. Rumored mayoral challengers like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries made their Power 100 debut partly as a result of the constant intrigue around whether they will run. And several council members emerged on the list as possible successors to Mark-Viverito, a result of behind-the-scenes maneuvering that has already begun. Apparently it’s never too early to start campaigning.

There was also a reshuffling of the city’s lobbying, business, real estate and labor interests, now that a clearer picture has emerged of which organizations and individuals have access and clout in City Hall. And as de Blasio’s inner circle of advisers has winnowed to a select few, we tried to accurately reflect who the mayor listens to when shaping his policies.

This list will undoubtedly be met with some criticism, as is the case every year, but our rankings 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 we believe accurately reflects the current political landscape in New York City – one that will hopefully ignite a vigorous debate.

New York City Council Majority Leader

79

Jimmy Van Bramer


Last Year's Rank: 59

Change: -20

President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

78

Stuart Appelbaum


Last Year's Rank: 89

Change: +11

Archbishop of New York

77

Timothy Dolan


Last Year's Rank: 88

Change: +11

Chancellor, CUNY

76

James Milliken


Last Year's Rank: 87

Change: +11

New York City Councilwoman

75

Julissa Ferreras-Copeland


Last Year's Rank: 67

Change: -8

Congresswoman

74

Nydia Velazquez


Last Year's Rank: 73

Change: -1

President, New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association

73

Norman Seabrook


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

State Director, Working Families Party

72

Bill Lipton


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Counsel to the Governor

71

Alphonso David


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Director, New York City Department of City Planning, Chairman, New York City Planning Commission

70

Carl Weisbrod


Last Year's Rank: 82

Change: +12

CEO, Cablevision; Executive Chairman, Madison Square Garden Company

69

James Dolan


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Manhattan District Attorney

68

Cy Vance


Last Year's Rank: 76

Change: +8

Executive Director, District Council 37

67

Henry Garrido


Last Year's Rank: 98

Change: +31

President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

66

Carlo Scissura


Last Year's Rank: 79

Change: +13

Staten Island Borough President

65

James Oddo


Last Year's Rank: 77

Change: +12

New York City Councilman

64

David Greenfield


Last Year's Rank: 69

Change: +5

New York State Assemblyman

63

Marcos Crespo


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Congressman

62

Hakeem Jeffries


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Partner, Bolton-St. Johns

61

Emily Giske


Last Year's Rank: 64

Change: +3

Manhattan Borough President

60

Gale Brewer


Last Year's Rank: 68

Change: +8

Partner, Mercury Public Affairs

59

Michael McKeon


Last Year's Rank: 52

Change: -7