The ground has shifted in New York City politics. Since we last compiled our NYC Power 100 list—for our Dec. 3, 2012 issue—there has been a sea change in the city’s hierarchy of movers and shakers. Gone are most traces of the long-ruling Bloomberg administration. Newly arrived is a tidal wave of progressive change, led by Mayor Bill de Blasio, organized labor and the Working Families Party.
Our list reflects the altered landscape: 49 of its 100 members are new entries, including eight of the top 25. The list has grown more diverse, too, though not as much as one might have anticipated given the rise of the city’s majority-minority as an electoral force. This year, 27 members of the list are nonwhite, versus 22 in our previous ranking. The number of women has also edged up from 20 to 24. These slight gains are bound to be disappointing to those who are anxious to see the city’s power structure reflect its actual demographics, though there is no question which way history is heading—and as the de Blasio administration finishes taking shape, it is likely that the number of women and minorities among the top 100 most powerful people in the city will continue to grow.
Of course, any list of this sort is bound to generate criticism and controversy. We acknowledge that our ranking is imperfect—yet it is not arbitrary. Off-the-record conversations with many of the five borough’s most savvy political insiders helped us arrive at a list that we hope will resound with the people who know the score as well as anyone—our readers. With that, we present our Second Annual NYC Power 100.