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, Building and Construction Trades Council


Gary LaBarbera

Last Year's Rank: 85

Change: +27



Peter King

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Assemblyman and Manhattan Democratic Party Chair


Keith Wright

Last Year's Rank: 29

Change: -27

President, Hotel Trades Council


Peter Ward

Last Year's Rank: 41

Change: -14

Metro Editor, New York Times


Wendell Jamieson

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

President, New York City Central Labor Council


Vincent Alvarez

Last Year's Rank: 87

Change: +34

Partner, Mercury Public Affairs


Mike McKeon

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Secretary to the Governor


Bill Mulrow

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

First Lady and Chairwoman, Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City


Chirlane McCray

Last Year's Rank: 10

Change: -40

President, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association


Pat Lynch

Last Year's Rank: 95

Change: +46

President, Kasirer Consulting


Suri Kasirer

Last Year's Rank: 35

Change: -13

Managing Director, Park Strategies


Alfonse D'Amato

Last Year's Rank: 71

Change: +24

CEO, Metropolitan Public Strategies


Neal Kwatra

Last Year's Rank: 90

Change: +44

Chancellor, State Board of Regents


Merryl Tisch

Last Year's Rank: 45


Brooklyn Borough President


Eric Adams

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

City Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner


Vicki Been

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Executive Vice President and Director, Forest City Enterprises


Bruce Ratner

Last Year's Rank: 43

Change: +1

President, National Action Network


Al Sharpton

Last Year's Rank: 33

Change: -8

Kings County Democratic Chairman


Frank Seddio

Last Year's Rank: 66

Change: +26

Founder, Success Academy Charter Schools


Eva Moskowitz

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development


Alicia Glen

Last Year's Rank: 59

Change: +21