City & State: The 2022 New York City Power 100
11. Michael Gianaris State Senate Deputy Majority Leade
The Astoria politico briefly contemplated running for state attorney general before state Attorney General Letitia James withdrew her bid for governor. But state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris’ plate is overflowing. His bill to track the origins of guns used in crimes was signed into law, he nudged Gov. Kathy Hochul to reconsider the LaGuardia AirTrain route and defended the state’s bail reform law against GOP scare tactics. Gianaris also denied that state Democrats engaged in gerrymandering despite putting forth new proposed districts that would give the party a leg up in Congress.