POWER 100: The Most Powerful People In New York City Politics 80-71

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80. LIZ KRUEGER Among elected officials, the Manhattan state senator was one of the earliest and most vigorous supporters of Mayor de Blasio’s campaign. As a result, it has been rumored since late last year that she was in line for a top position in his administration, though Krueger has denied any desire to leave the Senate. As ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Krueger has the chops to understand what is really going on in the state budget—which… [More]

POWER 100: The Most Powerful People In New York City Politics 90-81

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 90. NEAL KWATRA Less than a year after leaving Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, where he served as chief of staff, Kwatra has built the city’s hottest new political consulting firm, Metropolitan Strategies. At Metropolitan Kwatra has been a key advisor to both the Working Families Party and the Hotel Trades Council, served as chief strategist for Ken Thompson in his upset win over longtime Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes and played a meaningful role in ensuring the passage of the… [More]

POWER 100: The Most Powerful People In New York City Politics 100-91

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100. DONALD TRUMP Will he run for governor or won’t he? Doesn’t matter. What makes Trump powerful is that people will be interested either way. An international brand, Trump commands the press’ attention like few people on this list. A player in politics, real estate, finance, media and entertainment, Trump has his hands in practically every business that matters in the Big Apple. 99. RAMON MARTINEZ Martinez, the executive legislative coordinator of the City Council under Christine Quinn, is rumored… [More]

POWER 100: The Most Powerful People In New York City Politics (Honorable Mentions)

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THE CLINTONS The most famous New Yorkers in the world occupy a unique sphere of power. Bill and Hillary Clinton STAR POWER These celebrities have successfully crossed over from the realm of entertainment to influence policy debate and elections in the city. Cynthia Nixon, Harry Belafonte, Steve Buscemi, John Legend, Olivia Wilde, Harvey Weinstein   CITY SAGES These elder statesmen, intellectuals and veteran advisors are among the guiding lights the city’s elected officials and top policy administrators turn to time and… [More]

The Days Of ‘Honest Graft’

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Writer and scholar Terry Golway is the director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy in Union, N.J. He served on the editorial board and as a columnist for The New York Times, and was a longtime editor and journalist for The New York Observer. The author of books on FDR, JFK and John Cardinal O’Connor, he delivers his newest work, Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics, on March 3. City &… [More]

Political Reality: Who Would YOU Like To See In A Political TV Reality Show?

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Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes and Miss America Mallory Hagan. (Source: Charles J. Hynes Facebook page) A new reality television series about Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is set to begin airing in May, and the opponents challenging him this fall have already started criticizing his decision to be a part of the show, titled “Brooklyn D.A.” That got us thinking — could “Brooklyn D.A.” be just the beginning? What other New York politicians would you, our readers, like to see as the focus of a reality series, and what would the title be? The Real… [More]