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


James Capalino

Last Year's Rank: 83

Change: +46

President, 1199SEIU


George Gresham

Last Year's Rank: 19

Change: -17

Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority


Tom Prendergast

Last Year's Rank: 37

Change: +2

President and Co-CEO, Tishman Speyer


Rob Speyer

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Commissioner, City Office of Labor Relations


Bob Linn

Last Year's Rank: 52

Change: +19

Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Pat Foye

Last Year's Rank: 32


CEO and Vice Chairman, Rudin Management Company


Bill Rudin

Last Year's Rank: 25

Change: -6

Host, NY1's Inside City Hall


Errol Louis

Last Year's Rank: 40

Change: +10

Governor's Executive Deputy Secretary


Joe Percoco

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Incoming President, REBNY


John Banks III

Last Year's Rank: 47

Change: +19

Chairman and CEO, News Corporation


Rupert Murdoch

Last Year's Rank: 30

Change: +3

Bronx Borough President


Ruben Diaz Jr.

Last Year's Rank: 44

Change: +18

Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives


Richard Buery

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Owner and Publisher, New York Daily News


Mort Zuckerman

Last Year's Rank: 31

Change: +7

City Council Deputy Majority Leader


Brad Lander

Last Year's Rank: 20

Change: -3

City Schools Chancellor


Carmen Fariña

Last Year's Rank: 17

Change: -5

City Budget Director


Dean Fuleihan

Last Year's Rank: 26

Change: +5

President, UFT


Michael Mulgrew

Last Year's Rank: 18

Change: -2

State Superintendent of Financial Services


Ben Lawsky

Last Year's Rank: 56

Change: +37

Principal, BerlinRosen


Jonathan Rosen

Last Year's Rank: 24

Change: +6

Principal, BerlinRosen


Valerie Berlin

Last Year's Rank: 23

Change: +6