Who are the 100 most powerful people in New York City politics? Of course, the answer is both subjective and controversial. Still, in an audacious attempt to arrive at a ranking that reflects who really are the movers and shakers that drive New York City’s agenda, City & State has solicited the off-the-record opinions of many of the five borough’s most savvy political insiders, poured over dozens of reader nominations and incorporated the results of our online polls. It should be emphasized that the scope of this list has been limited strictly to city politics. It does not judge each individual’s place in history or standing on the statewide, national or global stage. If that had been our aim, we would have arrived at a very different list. Also, though our selectees come from different communities, genders, parties, sexual orientations and religious affiliations, we openly acknowledge that the list does not adequately represent the city’s rich diversity. We do believe, however, that it is an accurate portrait of the distribution of power in city politics at this moment in time—and thus an illustration of how far we still need to go for our government to mirror the demographics and dynamics of its people. With no further ado, we boldly present City & State‘s first-ever New York City Power 100 List. We hope it gets you talking.

Mayor of the City of New York

1

Bill de Blasio


Last Year's Rank: 28

Change: +27

Governor of the State of New York

2

Andrew Cuomo


Last Year's Rank: 2

Change: No Change

U.S. Senator

3

Charles Schumer


Last Year's Rank: 4

Change: +1

Speaker, New York City Council

4

Melissa Mark-Viverito


Last Year's Rank: 80

Change: +76

Speaker, New York State Assembly

5

Sheldon Silver


Last Year's Rank: 5

Change: No Change

New York State Attorney General

6

Eric Schneiderman


Last Year's Rank: 12

Change: +6

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

7

Preet Bharara


Last Year's Rank: 16

Change: +9

U.S. Senator

8

Kirsten Gillibrand


Last Year's Rank: 14

Change: +6

First Deputy Mayor

9

Anthony Shorris


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

First Lady

10

Chirlane McCray


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

11

Emma Wolfe


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

New York City Comptroller

12

Scott Stringer


Last Year's Rank: 50

Change: +38

Police Commissioner

13

Bill Bratton


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Former Mayor

14

Michael Bloomberg


Last Year's Rank: 1

Change: -13

President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

15

Kathryn Wylde


Last Year's Rank: 19

Change: +4

Executive Director, Working Families Party

16

Dan Cantor


Last Year's Rank: 17

Change: +1

Schools Chancellor

17

Carmen Farina


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President, United Federation of Teachers

18

Michael Mulgrew


Last Year's Rank: 13

Change: -5

President, 1199 SEIU

19

George Gresham


Last Year's Rank: 66

Change: +47

Deputy Leader and Rules Committee Chair, New York City Council

20

Brad Lander


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President Pro Tempore and Majority Coalition Leader, New York State Senate

21

Dean Skelos


Last Year's Rank: 20

Change: –1