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

22

Jerrold Nadler


Last Year's Rank: 32

Change: +10

Principal and Co-Founder, BerlinRosen

23

Valerie Berlin


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Principal and Co-Founder, BerlinRosen

24

Jonathan Rosen


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Chairman, ABNY; CEO, Rudin Management Company

25

William Rudin


Last Year's Rank: 25

Change: No Change

Budget Director

26

Dean Fuleihan


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

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

27

Jeffrey Klein


Last Year's Rank: 62

Change: +35

New York State Comptroller

28

Thomas DiNapoli


Last Year's Rank: 34

Change: +6

Assemblyman; Co-Chair, New York State Democratic Party

29

Keith Wright


Last Year's Rank: 22

Change: -7

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

30

Rupert Murdoch


Last Year's Rank: 11

Change: -19

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

31

Mortimer Zuckerman


Last Year's Rank: 15

Change: -16

Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

32

Patrick Foye


Last Year's Rank: 31

Change: -1

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

33

Al Sharpton


Last Year's Rank: 89

Change: +56

New York City Public Advocate

34

Letitia James


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President, Kasirer Consulting

35

Suri Kasirer


Last Year's Rank: 60

Change: +25

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

36

Joseph Crowley


Last Year's Rank: 18

Change: -18

Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

37

Thomas Prendergast


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker

38

Jennifer Cunningham


Last Year's Rank: 23

Change: -15

Finance Committee Chair, New York City Council

39

Julissa Ferreras


Last Year's Rank: 23

Change: -15

Host, Inside City Hall (NY1)

40

Errol Louis


Last Year's Rank: 45

Change: +5

President, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council

41

Peter Ward


Last Year's Rank: 55

Change: +14

President and Founder, The Black Institute

42

Bertha Lewis


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New