By: Gloria Smith, Associate Editor for World Liberty TV
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is identified with Brooklyn. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader and the most powerful Democrat in Washington, D.C, was born and raised there. Other high-profile political power brokers’ Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams‘ also hail from the borough.
But they’re not the only ones getting things done in Brooklyn.
In compiling a list of the borough’s leaders, we came up with so many local movers and shakers that it was hard to whittle down the list to a manageable number.
In this special list, we recognize 50 people in the borough who are key players in the world of New York politics and government. Since we cover politicians on a day-to-day basis, we limited this list to those who are not strictly in government but instead influence it from the outside.
We reached out to insiders and experts to compile this list, ranking each person based on their accomplishments, sway in political and policy matters, economic clout, philanthropic efforts, ties to powerful politicians and the constituencies they represent.
The Following were honored: Jed Walentas CEO, Two Trees Management, Jonathan Rosen and Valerie Berlin Principals, BerlinRosen, Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers Partners, Hilltop Public Solutions, Regina Myer President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Linda E. Johnson President and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library, Steve Hindy Co-founder and Chairman, Brooklyn Brewery, David Ehrenberg President and CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Andrew Kimball CEO, Industry City, Doug Steiner Chairman, Steiner Studios, David Greenfield CEO, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Frank V. Carone Executive Partner Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone LLP, Iris Weinshall Chairwoman Prospect Park Alliance.
MaryAnne Gilmartin CEO L&L MAG, A.R. Bernard Senior Pastor Christian Cultural Center, Nicholas DiMarzio Bishop of Brooklyn Roman Catholic Church, Maureen Hanlon and Brett Yormark President, Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA Inc.; CEO, BSE Global, Carlo A. Scissura President and CEO New York Building Congress, Rick Russo Acting President Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, David Kramer President Hudson Cos., Gina and Tony Argento President and CEO, Founder Broadway Stages, Michelle Anderson President Brooklyn College, Risa Heller Founder Risa Heller Communications.
Doug Forand Senior Partner Red Horse Strategies, Anne Pasternak Director Brooklyn Museum, Katy Clark President Brooklyn Academy of Music, Gregory Calliste CEO Woodhull Medical Center, Kenneth Fisher Member Cozen O’Connor, Joni Yoswein President and Founder Yoswein New York, Katepalli Sreenivasan Dean New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Martin Dunn President Dunn Development Corp.
Javier H. Valdés and Deborah Axt Co-executive directors Make the Road New York, Kenneth Gibbs.
President and CEO Maimonides Medical Center, Rudolph “Rudy” Crew President Medgar Evers College, David Niederman Director United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, Frances Bronet and Ronald Shiffman President, Professor Pratt Institute, Tucker Reed Co-founder and Principal Totem, Paul Steely White Executive Director Transportation Alternatives, Rick Zimmerman Brooklyn Regional Vice President TD Bank, Dominick Stanzione CEO Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Clinton Miller Pastor Brown Memorial Baptist Church.
Cecilia Clarke President and CEO Brooklyn Community Foundation, Bertha Lewis Founder and President The Black Institute, Donald Boomgaarden President and CEO Joseph’s College of New York, Monique George Executive Director Picture the Homeless, Floyd Rumohr Executive Director Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Leah Archibald Executive Director Evergreen, Elizabeth Yeampierre Executive Director Uprose, Michael D. Nieves President and CEO Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Gregory Davidzon President Davidzon Radio and John Raskin Executive Director Riders Alliance.
Keynote Speaker was Eric Adams Brooklyn Borough President , Mayoral Candidate for New York City .Close 200 people were in attendance to honor Brooklyn’s Power 50.