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


John Catsimatidis

Last Year's Rank: 71

Change: -29



Charles Rangel

Last Year's Rank: 84

Change: -15

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


Harry Nespoli

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

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


David Rivel

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Chairperson, NYC & Company


Emily Rafferty

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Senior Partner, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron


Sid Davidoff

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

CEO, New York City Charter School Center


James Merriman

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Vice President of Government Relations, Con Edison


Kyle Kimball

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Executive Director, New York State Nurses Association


Jill Furillo

Last Year's Rank: 81

Change: -11

New York City Council Deputy Chief of Staff


Ramon Martinez

Last Year's Rank: 91

Change: 0

New York City Councilman


Ritchie Torres

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for International Affairs


Penny Abeywardena

Last Year's Rank: 93

Change: +4

Partner, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz


Michael Woloz

Last Year's Rank: 97

Change: +9

President, New York City Central Labor Council


Vincent Alvarez

Last Year's Rank: 53

Change: -34

Senior Vice Chancellor, CUNY


Jay Hershenson

Last Year's Rank: 94

Change: +8

New York Co-Chairman, Greenberg Traurig


Ed Wallace

Last Year's Rank: 92

Change: +7

President, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York


Steve Cassidy

Last Year's Rank: 96

Change: +12

President, Transport Workers Union Local 100


John Samuelsen

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a

Principal, Dentons


Michael Klein

Last Year's Rank: 95

Change: +13

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


Patrick Lynch

Last Year's Rank: 49

Change: -32

Managing Director, Kivvit Consulting


Richard Bamberger

Last Year's Rank: n/a

Change: n/a