New York’s top 10 power couples

New York City's power couple, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
New York City's power couple, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Diana Robinson for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City's power couple, Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York’s top 10 power couples

The Empire State's most politically potent pairs
February 13, 2020

Working in local politics really takes over your life, from waking up with First Read in the morning till the last scroll through Twitter before bed. So it can help to have someone who understands the 24/7 grind – a partner in politics.

While City & State has typically highlighted many civic couples around Valentine’s Day, this year we’ve found, in no particular order, the 10 most politically potent power couples.

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City / Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York City

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Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray.
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Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray.
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Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray.
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Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray.
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Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray.
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When voters elected Bill de Blasio in 2013, they knew they were getting a package deal. De Blasio called Chirlane McCray a top adviser from the beginning, and she has led the ThriveNYC mental health initiative, among other formal roles. Now, rumor has it she and her husband of more than 25 years are planning for their next act, with McCray considering a run for Brooklyn borough president.

Charles Schumer, U.S. Senate minority leader / Iris Weinshall, chief operating officer of the New York Public Library

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Sen. Chuck Schumer and Iris Weinshall.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer and Iris Weinshall.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer and Iris Weinshall.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer and Iris Weinshall.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer and Iris Weinshall.
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If the leader of the U.S. Senate Democrats wanted to check out some books on previous impeachment trials, he knows where to look. Iris Weinshall may not be able to forgive any late fees for New York’s senior senator, but she has one of the top