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.

CEO, Capalino+Company

37

James Capalino


Last Year's Rank: 83

Change: +46

President, 1199SEIU

36

George Gresham


Last Year's Rank: 19

Change: -17

Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

35

Tom Prendergast


Last Year's Rank: 37

Change: +2

President and Co-CEO, Tishman Speyer

34

Rob Speyer


Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Commissioner, City Office of Labor Relations

33

Bob Linn


Last Year's Rank: 52

Change: +19

Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

32

Pat Foye


Last Year's Rank: 32

Change: NO CHANGE

CEO and Vice Chairman, Rudin Management Company

31

Bill Rudin


Last Year's Rank: 25

Change: -6

Host, NY1's Inside City Hall

30

Errol Louis


Last Year's Rank: 40

Change: +10

Governor's Executive Deputy Secretary

29

Joe Percoco


Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Incoming President, REBNY

28

John Banks III


Last Year's Rank: 47

Change: +19

Chairman and CEO, News Corporation

27

Rupert Murdoch


Last Year's Rank: 30

Change: +3

Bronx Borough President

26

Ruben Diaz Jr.


Last Year's Rank: 44

Change: +18

Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives

25

Richard Buery


Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Owner and Publisher, New York Daily News

24

Mort Zuckerman


Last Year's Rank: 31

Change: +7

City Council Deputy Majority Leader

23

Brad Lander


Last Year's Rank: 20

Change: -3

City Schools Chancellor

22

Carmen Fariña


Last Year's Rank: 17

Change: -5

City Budget Director

21

Dean Fuleihan


Last Year's Rank: 26

Change: +5

President, UFT

20

Michael Mulgrew


Last Year's Rank: 18

Change: -2

State Superintendent of Financial Services

19

Ben Lawsky


Last Year's Rank: 56

Change: +37

Principal, BerlinRosen

18

Jonathan Rosen


Last Year's Rank: 24

Change: +6

Principal, BerlinRosen

17

Valerie Berlin


Last Year's Rank: 23

Change: +6