Mayor of New York City
The government of New York City, headquartered at New York City Hall in Lower Manhattan, is organized under the New York City Charter and provides for a “strong” mayor-council system. The mayor is elected to a four-year term and is responsible for the administration of city government. Current Mayor of New York City is Bill de Blasio.
Manhattan Borough President
Borough president is an elective office in each of the five Boroughs of New York City. For most of the city’s history, the office exercised significant executive powers within each borough, and the five borough presidents also sat on the New York City Board of Estimate. Since 1990, the borough presidents have been stripped of a majority of their powers in the government of New York City.
Borough presidents advise the Mayor of New York City, comment on land-use items in their borough, advocate borough needs in the annual municipal budget process, appoint some officials and community board members, and serve ex officio as members of various boards and committees. They generally act as advocates for their boroughs to mayoral agencies, the city council, the New York State government, public corporations, and private businesses. Their authorizing law is codified in title 4, sections 81 to 85 of the New York City Charter, while their regulations are compiled in title 45 of the New York City Rules. Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer
New York City Council
The New York City Council is a unicameral body consisting of 51 members, each elected from a geographic district, normally for four-year terms. Out of the 51 council districts in New York City, 10 districts are located in the borough of Manhattan (1 through 10).
District #1 – Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa & Washington Square. Council Member: Margaret S. Chin
District #4 – Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place. Council Member: Keith Powers
The governor of New York is the head of state and head of government of the U.S. state of New York, holding the power to enforce state laws and sign or veto bills passed by the state legislature. The governor is also the head of the executive branch of New York’s state government and the commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces. Andrew Cuomo has been serving as the Governor of New York since 2011.
The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature, the New York State Senate being the upper house. There are 150 seats in the Assembly, 12 of which are representing New York County/Manhattan. Assembly members serve two-year terms without term limits.
The New York State Senate is the upper house of the New York State Legislature. Its 63 members represent New York State, 6 of whom represents residents of New York County/Manhattan. The legislature’s primary purpose is to draft and approve changes to the laws of New York. Find your senator using this search tool.
U.S. House of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives is the lower house of the United States Congress; the Senate is the upper house. Together they compose the national bicameral legislature of the United States. There are 27 districts in the state of New York, 3 of which are in New York County/Manhattan. Find your U.S. Representative using this search tool.
District #7 – Lower East Side and East Village; Also in Queens – Maspeth, Ridgewood, and Woodhaven; Also in Brooklyn – Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Dumbo, East New York, East Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Gowanus, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Williamsburg. U.S. Representative: Nydia Velazquez
District #10 – Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, SoHo, Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, the Financial District, Battery Park City. Also in Brooklyn: Borough Park, Kensington, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend. U.S. Representative: Jerry Nadler
District #12 – Lower East Side and East Village. Also in Queens: Maspeth, Ridgewood, Woodside. Also in Brooklyn: Bushwick, Greenpoint, Red Hook, East New York, Brooklyn Heights, Sunset Park, Williamsburg. U.S. Representative: Carolyn Maloney
The United States Senate is the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which, along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—constitutes the legislature of the United States. Each state has 2 U.S. senators. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand represent the state of New York.