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.

Chairman, Forest City Ratner Companies

43

Bruce Ratner


Last Year's Rank: 59

Change: +16

Bronx Borough President

44

Ruben Diaz Jr.


Last Year's Rank: 51

Change: +7

Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents

45

Merryl Tisch


Last Year's Rank: 21

Change: -24

Cardinal; Archbishop of New York

46

Timothy Dolan


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Vice President of Government Relations, Con Edison

47

John Banks III


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Founding Partner and President, Global Strategy Group

48

Jefrey Pollock


Last Year's Rank: 39

Change: -9

Political Director, Communications Workers of America District 1

49

Bob Master


Last Year's Rank: 48

Change: -1

Chairman, Soros Fund Management

50

George Soros


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Land Use Committee Chair, New York City Council

51

David Greenfield


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Director of Labor Relations

52

Robert Linn


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

State Director, Working Families Party

53

Bill Lipton


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President, Real Estate Board of New York

54

Steven Spinola


Last Year's Rank: 54

Change: No Change

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

55

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services

56

Benjamin Lawsky


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa

57

Patrick Gaspard


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Manhattan District Attorney

58

Cyrus Vance Jr.


Last Year's Rank: 33

Change: -25

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development

59

Alicia Glen


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Metro Political Editor, The New York Times

60

David Halbfinger


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Partner, Bolton-St. Johns

61

Emily Giske


Last Year's Rank: 56

Change: -5

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

62

Loretta Lynch


Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

U.S. Representative

63

Nydia Velazquez


Last Year's Rank: 90

Change: +27