We knew that 2014 would be a year of change in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio took office as part of a progressive wave that also ushered in the most liberal City Council we have seen in decades. How those two entities would operate and how outside influences would impact the political wheeling and dealing in and around City Hall was uncertain.

Over the past year the picture has become clearer as we have talked with political insiders and followed the movements of city government in 2014.

In compiling the list, we came to several general conclusions. First, that overall the clout of the City Council is not what it has been in past years. The influx of new members and the close relationship with the mayor’s office has diminished the political power of the speaker and the members. That is reflected in our rankings.

Also, we have found that the influence of lobbyists, special interests and the media has grown. This was to be expected after 12 years under Michael Bloomberg, whose personal fortune often insulated him from these outside influences. We didn’t start to see that shift until we were well into 2014, so this year’s list comes with lots of changes.

Another factor on the rankings was the outcome of the 2014 elections. Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate diminished the influence of Democratic members of Congress. State Senate Republicans taking outright control of the chamber also alters the landscape, because so much of the mayor’s progressive agenda is dependent on changing state law.

I have no doubt that this list will be met with criticism from some. It is every year. But decisions 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 accurately reflects the current political landscape in New York City and will hopefully ignite a vigorous debate.

President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

79

Carlo Scissura


Last Year's Rank: 92

Change: +13

Political Director, Communications Workers of America

78

Bob Master


Last Year's Rank: 49

Change: -29

Staten Island Borough President

77

James Oddo


Last Year's Rank: 77

Change: NO CHANGE

Manhattan District Attorney

76

Cy Vance


Last Year's Rank: 58

Change: -18

Executive Director, Working Families Party

75

Dan Cantor


Last Year's Rank: 16

Change: -59

Chairman, Silverstein Properties

74

Larry Silverstein


Last Year's Rank: 75

Change: +1

Congresswoman

73

Nydia Velasquez


Last Year's Rank: 63

Change: -10

Brooklyn District Attorney

72

Ken Thompson


Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Chairman and CEO, Red Apple Group

71

John Catsimatidis


Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Public Advocate

70

Letitia James


Last Year's Rank: 34

Change: -36

City Councilman

69

David Greenfield


Last Year's Rank: 51

Change: -18

Manhattan Borough President

68

Gale Brewer


Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

City Councilwoman

67

Julissa Ferreras


Last Year's Rank: 39

Change: -28

Congressman

66

Jerrold Nadler


Last Year's Rank: 87

Change: +21

President, 32BJ SEIU

65

Hector Figueroa


Last Year's Rank: 65

Change: NO CHANGE

Partner, Bolton-St. Johns

64

Emily Giske


Last Year's Rank: 61

Change: -3

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

63

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli


Last Year's Rank: 55

Change: -8

State Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader

62

Jeff Klein


Last Year's Rank: 27

Change: -35

Bronx Democratic Party Chair

61

To Be Determined


Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Congressman, Queens Democratic Party Chair

60

Joe Crowley


Last Year's Rank: 36

Change: -24

City Council Majority Leader

59

Jimmy Van Bramer


Last Year's Rank: 86

Change: +27