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.

City Intergovernmental Affairs Director


Emma Wolfe

Last Year's Rank: 11

Change: -5

State Attorney General


Eric Schneiderman

Last Year's Rank: 6

Change: -9

State Comptroller


Tom DiNapoli

Last Year's Rank: 28

Change: +14

City Council Speaker


Melissa Mark-Viverito

Last Year's Rank: 4

Change: -9

U.S. Senator


Kirsten Gillibrand

Last Year's Rank: 8

Change: -4

Mayor's Senior Adviser for Strategic Planning


Phil Walzak

Last Year's Rank:

Change: NEW

Former Mayor


Michael Bloomberg

Last Year's Rank: 14

Change: +4

First Deputy Mayor


Anthony Shorris

Last Year's Rank: 9


Police Commissioner


Bill Bratton

Last Year's Rank: 13

Change: +5

City Comptroller


Scott Stringer

Last Year's Rank: 12

Change: +5

State Assembly Speaker


Carl Heastie

Last Year's Rank: 69

Change: +63

State Senate Majority Leader


Dean Skelos

Last Year's Rank: 21

Change: +16

U.S. Attorney, New York's Southern District


Preet Bharara

Last Year's Rank: 7

Change: +3

U.S. Senator


Charles Schumer

Last Year's Rank: 3




Bill de Blasio

Last Year's Rank: 1

Change: -1



Andrew Cuomo

Last Year's Rank: 2

Change: +1