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Behind every powerful politician is a top adviser. Behind every successful campaign is a key consultant. Behind every piece of landmark legislation is a well-connected lobbyist. These influential figures often stay behind the scenes and out of the spotlight. But in this special edition we pull back the curtain on the state's most influential political players who have not been elected to public office. In City & State's third annual "Influentials" list, we profile key players spanning the state from the worlds of business, journalism, organized labor, politics and government. In these pages you'll get to know the disciplined team, both in and out of government, that has made Gov. Andrew Cuomo one of the most effective state leaders in recent memory. You'll meet the top aides to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and the experienced staffers who keep New York City running. We recognize their dedication, drive and accomplishments- and delve into what got them there, how they've developed their influence, and how they get things done. To read the full profiles on [City & State. ](

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