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.

President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York

85

Gary LaBarbera


Last Year's Rank: 86

Change: +1

Majority Leader and Cultural Affairs Committee Chair, New York City Council

86

Jimmy Van Bramer


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President, New York City Central Labor Council

87

Vincent Alvarez


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State Senator

88

Diane Savino


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Deputy Leader and Housing and Buildings Committee Chair, New York City Council

89

Jumaane Williams


Last Year's Rank: 97

Change: +8

Founder, Metropolitan Strategies

90

Neal Kwatra


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Incoming Chancellor, City University of New York

91

James Milliken


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President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

92

Carlo Scissura


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President, New York City Economic Development Corporation

93

Kyle Kimball


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New York Co-Chairman, Greenberg Traurig

94

Edward C. Wallace


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President, New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association

95

Patrick Lynch


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President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

96

Stuart Appelbaum


Last Year's Rank: 100

Change: +4

President and Founder, The Advance Group

97

Scott Levenson


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Executive Director, DC 37

98

Lillian Roberts


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Executive Legislative Coordinator, New York City Council

99

Ramon Martinez


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Chairman and President, The Trump Organization

100

Donald Trump


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