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


Bruce Ratner

Last Year's Rank: 59

Change: +16

Bronx Borough President


Ruben Diaz Jr.

Last Year's Rank: 51

Change: +7

Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents


Merryl Tisch

Last Year's Rank: 21

Change: -24

Cardinal; Archbishop of New York


Timothy Dolan

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Vice President of Government Relations, Con Edison


John Banks III

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Founding Partner and President, Global Strategy Group


Jefrey Pollock

Last Year's Rank: 39

Change: -9

Political Director, Communications Workers of America District 1


Bob Master

Last Year's Rank: 48

Change: -1

Chairman, Soros Fund Management


George Soros

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Land Use Committee Chair, New York City Council


David Greenfield

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Director of Labor Relations


Robert Linn

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

State Director, Working Families Party


Bill Lipton

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

President, Real Estate Board of New York


Steven Spinola

Last Year's Rank: 54

Change: No Change

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services


Lilliam Barrios-Paoli

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services


Benjamin Lawsky

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa


Patrick Gaspard

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Manhattan District Attorney


Cyrus Vance Jr.

Last Year's Rank: 33

Change: -25

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development


Alicia Glen

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Metro Political Editor, The New York Times


David Halbfinger

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

Partner, Bolton-St. Johns


Emily Giske

Last Year's Rank: 56

Change: -5

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


Loretta Lynch

Last Year's Rank:

Change: New

U.S. Representative


Nydia Velazquez

Last Year's Rank: 90

Change: +27