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New York Daily News: Harlem Week: The 30 most influential black New Yorkers in 2013

Thirty of some of the most influential black New Yorkers for 2013-2014 – as recommended by a committee consisting of representatives from the NAACP, 100 Black Men, the Delta’s, New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, New York City Council Black Latino and Asian Caucus, New York Urban League, Association of Black Journalists and Harlem Arts Alliance:

1. Eric Adams

New York State senator and candidate for Brooklyn borough president

2. Charles Barron

New York City Council member

3. The Rev. A. R. Bernard

Founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center and president of the Council of Churches of New York City

4. The Rev. Calvin Butts 3rd

Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church and president of State University of New York at Old Westbury

5. Kenneth Chenault

Chairman and CEO of American Express Company

6. Yvette Clarke

U.S. congresswoman and ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security

7. Leroy Comrie

New York City Council member and Council deputy majority leader

8. Inez Dickens

New York City Council member and Council Assistant Deputy Majority Leader

9. David Dinkins

Former New York City mayor and professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

10. Hazel Dukes

President of the NAACP New York State Conference and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Board of Trustees

11. Herman Farrell Jr.

New York State assemblyman and chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee

12. The Rev. Floyd Flake

Senior pastor of Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Cathedral and former U.S. Congressman

13. George Gresham

President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

14. Carl Heastie

New York State assemblyman and Bronx County Democratic leader

15. Jay Z (Shawn Carter)

Entertainer and business mogul

16. Hakeem Jeffries

U.S. Congressman and member of the House Judiciary and Budget committees

17. Kenneth N. Knuckles

Vice Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and president of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

18. Helen Marshall

Queens Borough president and New York State assemblywoman

19. H. Carl McCall

Former New York State controller and chairman of the State University of New York

20. David Paterson

Former New York governor and former New York State senator

21. Richard Parsons

Chairman of the Apollo Theatre Foundation and senior adviser at Providence Equity LLC

22. Charles Rangel

U.S. congressman and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee

23. Lillian Roberts

Executive director of District Council 37 labor union

24. Norman Seabrook

President of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association and vice chairman of the Bronx Democratic Committee

25. The Rev. Al Sharpton

Founder and president of the National Action Network and host of MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” and the “Keepin’ It Real” radio program

26. Elinor Tatum

Publisher and editor-in-chief of The New York Amsterdam News and producer/cohost of the “Keepin’ It Real” radio program

27. Bill Thompson

Former New York City controller and 2013 New York City mayoral candidate

28. Lloyd Williams

President and CEO of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and chairman of Harlem Week, Inc.

29. Deborah Wright

Chairwoman and CEO of Carver Federal Savings Bank and former Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development

30. Keith Wright

New York assemblyman and New York County Democratic leader