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


Bill de Blasio

Last Year's Rank: 28

Change: +27

Governor of the State of New York


Andrew Cuomo

Last Year's Rank: 2

Change: No Change

U.S. Senator


Charles Schumer

Last Year's Rank: 4

Change: +1

Speaker, New York City Council


Melissa Mark-Viverito

Last Year's Rank: 80

Change: +76

Speaker, New York State Assembly


Sheldon Silver

Last Year's Rank: 5

Change: No Change

New York State Attorney General


Eric Schneiderman

Last Year's Rank: 12

Change: +6

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


Preet Bharara

Last Year's Rank: 16

Change: +9

U.S. Senator


Kirsten Gillibrand

Last Year's Rank: 14

Change: +6

First Deputy Mayor


Anthony Shorris

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

First Lady


Chirlane McCray

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs


Emma Wolfe

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

New York City Comptroller


Scott Stringer

Last Year's Rank: 50

Change: +38

Police Commissioner


Bill Bratton

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Former Mayor


Michael Bloomberg

Last Year's Rank: 1

Change: -13

President and CEO, Partnership for New York City


Kathryn Wylde

Last Year's Rank: 19

Change: +4

Executive Director, Working Families Party


Dan Cantor

Last Year's Rank: 17

Change: +1

Schools Chancellor


Carmen Farina

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President, United Federation of Teachers


Michael Mulgrew

Last Year's Rank: 13

Change: -5

President, 1199 SEIU


George Gresham

Last Year's Rank: 66

Change: +47

Deputy Leader and Rules Committee Chair, New York City Council


Brad Lander

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

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


Dean Skelos

Last Year's Rank: 20

Change: –1