2021 Albany Power 100

June 09, 2021  
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Event Description

Who are the most powerful people in state politics? Who really holds the influence to be able to effect change? How has that power been tested in Albany this year, and who has come out on top? City & State will take all of these questions into account for this year’s Albany Power 100 list! 
City & State’s annual Albany Power 100 list ranks New York state’s most influential personnel from all corners of government. Be the first to know who made the list and see how the political landscape has changed this year at our virtual celebration on June 9th! 



Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Majority Leader, New York State Assembly
Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes has faithfully served New York State’s 141st Assembly district since 2003. In January 2019, she was elevated to become the Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, becoming the first woman and the first African American to hold the position in the state’s history. An advocate with clear and principled service, she has always put people and policy before politics. She was appointed as Chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Governmental Operations in 2015. This committee maintains oversight on ethics reform and FOIL requests, state police, homeland security, disaster and emergency preparedness, MWBE, crime victims, human rights, and military and naval affairs. In June 2017, she was voted by her colleagues to be Chair of the New York State Legislative Women’s Caucus which is a bi-partisan and bi-cameral group. Peoples-Stokes continues to fearlessly fight for diversity in our state. She has been an integral part of ensuring that Minority and Women Owned Businesses have a fair chance in obtaining state contracts. Her Diversity in Medicine initiative has promoted entry into the medical field with academic and financial supports for promising students of color. Through a pilot program in Buffalo, a similar Diversity in Education initiative is currently working with teachers’ aides to help bridge the gap between their existing credentials and those required to teach in NYS. As a graduate of both Buffalo Public Schools and Buffalo State College, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Administration. She was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Medaille College in May 2017. Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes attributes her achievements and abilities to her strong faith and family. She is a member of True Bethel Baptist Church and St. Luke’s AME Zion Church and currently resides in Buffalo, New York with her husband. Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes represents the New York State Assembly’s 141st District, which includes sections of North Buffalo, Allentown, Larkinville, downtown central business district, and the entire East side of Buffalo.
Alessandra Biaggi
Alessandra Biaggi
New York State Senator, District 34
Alessandra Biaggi is the Democratic New York State Senator in her home district (Bronx/Westchester), and Chair of the revived Ethics and Internal Governance Committee. The granddaughter of Italian immigrants who lived in Hunts Point, she is the fourth generation of her family to live in District 34. Within her first two months in office, Senator Biaggi chaired the first public hearings in 27 years on sexual harassment in the workplace, and led the charge in New York to pass legislation that strengthens protections for survivors and holds employers accountable for addressing sexual misconduct. In a joint effort with her colleagues in the Democratic conference, the Senator worked to pass transformational legislation including tenant-centered housing reforms, bold climate-change initiatives, unprecedented criminal justice reform, comprehensive workplace protections, and expansive legislation making it easier to vote. Before launching her campaign, she served in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Counsel’s Office focusing on the New York State’s women’s policy agenda, advocating for passage of the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act. During the historic 2016 election, Alessandra was the Deputy National Operations Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, overseeing a budget of $500 million, 38 state directors and 45 associated staff. Her run for office was preceded by a decade of advocacy and service to the people of New York. She interned for the Kings County D.A.’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and was a legal fellow for New York State Homes and Community Renewal, working to ensure that families across New York State had access to affordable housing. She served as Assistant General Counsel for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, working with small businesses and municipalities to rebuild New York after Hurricane Sandy. She was a 2015 New Leaders Council (NLC) fellow, and sat on NLC’s Advisory Board. Alessandra attended Pelham public schools and holds degrees from New York University and Fordham Law School. She is also a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
Ron Kim
New York State Assembly Member, District 40
Ron Kim serves in the New York State Assembly representing the 40th District, which includes portions of Whitestone, Flushing, College Point, and Murray Hill in Queens.As the first and only Korean-American elected official in New York, Assemblyman Ron Kim has broken boundaries and built strong community relations. His work as a representative has garnered statewide and national coverage. Since the start of the pandemic, he has been a strong advocate for New York's nursing home residents and families affected most severely by the ongoing crisis. In 2020, the Assemblymember was appointed Chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Aging.

Welcome & Introduction By Zach Williams, Albany Reporter, City & State NY


Keynote Remarks By Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Assembly Majority Leader


Keynote Remarks By Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator, District 34


Keynote Remarks By Ron Kim, New York State Assembly Member, District 40


Recognition of Albany Power 100


Session Ends

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