Who’s who in a borough brimming with big shots?
Brooklyn is beyond doubt a bastion of political clout. The new mayor of New York City is from the borough, so is the majority leader – at least for now – of the U.S. Senate and the heir apparent to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The borough is home to the state attorney general as well as New York City’s comptroller and public advocate. Brooklynites also chair the New York City Council’s Finance Committee and the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee.
Perhaps because there’s so much political might in one borough, there are plenty of dividing lines. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams just sought to oust Gov. Kathy Hochul, but she prevailed in the June primary with support from other key elected officials in the borough. Reform-minded progressives are waging battle with the county political machine. Veteran Brooklyn politicians – including former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon – are facing off in the primary for a new congressional district spanning Brooklyn and Manhattan.
City & State’s Brooklyn Power 100 – written in partnership with journalist Aaron Short – tracks the rising and falling fortunes of the borough’s most politically powerful figures, including government officials, business executives, nonprofit leaders, activists, advocates and academics.
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President and CEO, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Former Brooklyn Navy Yard executive Jocelynne Rainey joined the venerated Brooklyn Community Foundation in November on a mission to boost its engagement with donors of color while continuing to address systemic racism. Rainey has since welcomed new members to BCF’s board of directors and awarded $100,000 each to five Brooklyn nonprofits for their social justice work. In June, she joined the board of a new charity that Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso is launching to promote Brooklyn through events and programming that support local businesses.