If 2014 was the year of progressive change in New York City – with a liberal mayor and City Council coming to power after 12 years of a moderate technocratic administration – 2015 could be characterized as a regression to the mean. 

The honeymoon is firmly over for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who saw much of the public enthusiasm for his political agenda wane in his second year. Meanwhile, the promise of an activist City Council has begun to fade as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and nearly half of the council approach lame duck status.

In fact, the 2017 election year played a role in the overall churn of this year’s list. Rumored mayoral challengers like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries made their Power 100 debut partly as a result of the constant intrigue around whether they will run. And several council members emerged on the list as possible successors to Mark-Viverito, a result of behind-the-scenes maneuvering that has already begun. Apparently it’s never too early to start campaigning.

There was also a reshuffling of the city’s lobbying, business, real estate and labor interests, now that a clearer picture has emerged of which organizations and individuals have access and clout in City Hall. And as de Blasio’s inner circle of advisers has winnowed to a select few, we tried to accurately reflect who the mayor listens to when shaping his policies.

This list will undoubtedly be met with some criticism, as is the case every year, but our rankings 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 we believe accurately reflects the current political landscape in New York City – one that will hopefully ignite a vigorous debate.

Chairman and CEO, Red Apple Group

100

John Catsimatidis


Last Year's Rank: 71

Change: -29

Congressman

99

Charles Rangel


Last Year's Rank: 84

Change: -15

President, Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association (Teamsters Local 831)

98

Harry Nespoli


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

CEO, The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services

97

David Rivel


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Chairperson, NYC & Company

96

Emily Rafferty


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Senior Partner, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron

95

Sid Davidoff


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

CEO, New York City Charter School Center

94

James Merriman


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Vice President of Government Relations, Con Edison

93

Kyle Kimball


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Executive Director, New York State Nurses Association

92

Jill Furillo


Last Year's Rank: 81

Change: -11

New York City Council Deputy Chief of Staff

91

Ramon Martinez


Last Year's Rank: 91

Change: 0

New York City Councilman

90

Ritchie Torres


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for International Affairs

89

Penny Abeywardena


Last Year's Rank: 93

Change: +4

Partner, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz

88

Michael Woloz


Last Year's Rank: 97

Change: +9

President, New York City Central Labor Council

87

Vincent Alvarez


Last Year's Rank: 53

Change: -34

Senior Vice Chancellor, CUNY

86

Jay Hershenson


Last Year's Rank: 94

Change: +8

New York Co-Chairman, Greenberg Traurig

85

Ed Wallace


Last Year's Rank: 92

Change: +7

President, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York

84

Steve Cassidy


Last Year's Rank: 96

Change: +12

President, Transport Workers Union Local 100

83

John Samuelsen


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Principal, Dentons

82

Michael Klein


Last Year's Rank: 95

Change: +13

President, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York

81

Patrick Lynch


Last Year's Rank: 49

Change: -32

Managing Director, Kivvit Consulting

80

Richard Bamberger


Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a