Who are the 100 most powerful people in New York City politics? Of course, the answer is both subjective and controversial. Still, in an audacious attempt to arrive at a ranking that reflects who really are the movers and shakers that drive New York City’s agenda, City & State has solicited the off-the-record opinions of many of the five borough’s most savvy political insiders, poured over dozens of reader nominations and incorporated the results of our online polls. It should be emphasized that the scope of this list has been limited strictly to city politics. It does not judge each individual’s place in history or standing on the statewide, national or global stage. If that had been our aim, we would have arrived at a very different list. Also, though our selectees come from different communities, genders, parties, sexual orientations and religious affiliations, we openly acknowledge that the list does not adequately represent the city’s rich diversity. We do believe, however, that it is an accurate portrait of the distribution of power in city politics at this moment in time—and thus an illustration of how far we still need to go for our government to mirror the demographics and dynamics of its people. With no further ado, we boldly present City & State‘s first-ever New York City Power 100 List. We hope it gets you talking.

U.S. Representative


Jerrold Nadler

Last Year's Rank: 32

Change: +10

Principal and Co-Founder, BerlinRosen


Valerie Berlin

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Principal and Co-Founder, BerlinRosen


Jonathan Rosen

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Chairman, ABNY; CEO, Rudin Management Company


William Rudin

Last Year's Rank: 25

Change: No Change

Budget Director


Dean Fuleihan

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President Pro Tempore and Majority Coalition Leader, New York State Senate


Jeffrey Klein

Last Year's Rank: 62

Change: +35

New York State Comptroller


Thomas DiNapoli

Last Year's Rank: 34

Change: +6

Assemblyman; Co-Chair, New York State Democratic Party


Keith Wright

Last Year's Rank: 22

Change: -7

Executive Chairman, News Corp; Chairman and CEO, 21st Century Fox


Rupert Murdoch

Last Year's Rank: 11

Change: -19

Owner and Publisher, New York Daily News; Executive Chairman, Boston Properties


Mortimer Zuckerman

Last Year's Rank: 15

Change: -16

Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Patrick Foye

Last Year's Rank: 31

Change: -1

Founder, National Action Network; Host, PoliticsNation (MSNBC)


Al Sharpton

Last Year's Rank: 89

Change: +56

New York City Public Advocate


Letitia James

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President, Kasirer Consulting


Suri Kasirer

Last Year's Rank: 60

Change: +25

U.S. Representative; Chairman, Queens County Democratic Party


Joseph Crowley

Last Year's Rank: 18

Change: -18

Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority


Thomas Prendergast

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker


Jennifer Cunningham

Last Year's Rank: 23

Change: -15

Finance Committee Chair, New York City Council


Julissa Ferreras

Last Year's Rank: 23

Change: -15

Host, Inside City Hall (NY1)


Errol Louis

Last Year's Rank: 45

Change: +5

President, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council


Peter Ward

Last Year's Rank: 55

Change: +14

President and Founder, The Black Institute


Bertha Lewis

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New