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.

Co-CEO, Sunshine Sachs

64

Ken Sunshine


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President, 32BJ SEIU

65

Hector Figueroa


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Chairman, Kings County Democratic Party

66

Frank Seddio


Last Year's Rank: 78

Change: +12

Director of Operations for the State of New York

67

Howard Glaser


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Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals

68

Jonathan Lippman


Last Year's Rank: 43

Change: -25

Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals

69

Carl Heastie


Last Year's Rank: 43

Change: -25

Chairman and Founder, The Related Companies

70

Stephen M. Ross


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Former U.S. Senator; Founder and Managing Director, Park Strategies

71

Alfonse D’Amato


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U.S. Representative

72

Carolyn Maloney


Last Year's Rank: 61

Change: -11

President, New York University

73

John Sexton


Last Year's Rank: 76

Change: +3

U.S. Representative

74

Hakeem Jeffries


Last Year's Rank: 64

Change: -10

Chairman, Silverstein Properties

75

Larry Silverstein


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U.S. Representative

76

Grace Meng


Last Year's Rank: 70

Change: -6

Staten Island Borough President

77

James Oddo


Last Year's Rank: 35

Change: -42

President, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

78

Emily Rafferty


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President and CEO, Cablevision; Executive Chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company

79

James Dolan


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State Senator

80

Liz Krueger


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U.S. Representative

81

Charles Rangel


Last Year's Rank: 36

Change: -45

Assistant Majority Leader, New York State Assembly

82

Dov Hikind


Last Year's Rank: 63

Change: -19

CEO, Capalino+Company

83

James Capalino


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Founder and CEO, Thor Equities; Chairman and Founder, Global Gateway Alliance

84

Joseph Sitt


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