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For a list of the Dutch Directors-General who governed New Amsterdam as part of New Netherland between 1624 and 1664, see Director-General of New Netherland.


The mayor of New York City is the chief executive of the Government of New York City, as stipulated by New York City's charter. The current officeholder, the 110th in the sequence of regular mayors, is Andrew Yang, a member of the Democratic Party.

During the Dutch colonial period from 1624 to 1664, New Amsterdam was governed by the Director of New Netherland. Following the 1664 creation of the British Province of New York, newly renamed New York City was run by the British military governor, Richard Nicolls. The office of Mayor of New York City was established in 1665. Holders were appointed by colonial governors, beginning with Thomas Willett. The position remained appointed until 1777. That year, during the American Revolution, a Council of Appointment was formed by the State of New York. In 1821 the New York City Council – then known as the Common Council – began appointing mayors. Since 1834, mayors have been elected by direct popular vote.

Before 1898, the city included little beyond the island of Manhattan. The 1898 consolidation created the city as it is today with five boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The first mayor of the expanded city was Robert Anderson Van Wyck.

The longest-serving mayors have been Fiorello H. La Guardia (1934–1945), Robert F. Wagner Jr. (1954–1965), Ed Koch (1978–1989) and Michael Bloomberg (2002–2013), each of whom was in office for twelve years (three successive four-year terms). The shortest terms in office since 1834 have been those of acting mayors: William T. Collins served a single day on December 31, 1925, Samuel B. H. Vance served one month (from November 30 to December 31, 1874), and Thomas Coman served five weeks (from Monday, November 30, 1868, to Monday, January 4, 1869).

Every mayor was white until the election of David Dinkins (1990–1993), to date the city's only African American to hold the office. New York has not had a Hispanic or Latino mayor, with the possible exception of John Purroy Mitchel (1914–1917), who was of Spanish descent and whose grandfather was born in Venezuela. New York City's mayors have been religiously diverse; the city has had Protestant, Jewish and Catholic mayors. No woman has ever served as mayor of New York City.


Note

This page will evolve over time as I make more articles. Currently this page is set after the 2029 mayoral election.

Colonial mayors

Before 1680, mayors served one-year terms. From 1680, they served two-year terms. Exceptions are noted thus (*). A dagger (†) indicates mayoralties cut short by death in office.

No. Name Starting year of office Ending year of office
1 Thomas Willett (1st term) 1665 1666
2 Thomas Delavall (1st term) 1666 1667
3 Thomas Willett (2nd term) 1667 1668
4 Cornelius Van Steenwyk (1st term) 1668 1671
5 Thomas Delavall (2nd term) 1671 1672
6 Matthias Nicoll 1672 1673
7 John Lawrence (1st term) 1673 1675
8 William Dervall 1675 1676
9 Nicholas De Mayer 1676 1677
10 Stephanus Van Cortlandt (1st term) 1677 1678
11 Thomas Delavall (3rd term) 1678 1679
12 Francis Rombouts 1679 1680
13 William Dyre 1680 1682
14 Cornelius Van Steenwyk (2nd term) 1682 1684
15 Gabriel Minvielle (*) 1684 1685
16 Nicholas Bayard (*) 1685 1686
17 Stephanus Van Cortlandt (2nd term) 1686 1688
18 Peter Delanoy (only popularly-elected mayor before 1834) 1 1689 1691
19 John Lawrence (2nd term *) 1691 1691
20 Abraham de Peyster 1691 1694
21 Charles Lodwik 1694 1695
22 William Merritt 1695 1698
23 Johannes de Peyster 1698 1699
24 David Provost 1699 1700
25 Isaac De Reimer 1700 1701
26 Thomas Noell 1701 1702
27 Phillip French 1702 1703
28 William Peartree 1703 1707
29 Ebenezer Wilson 1707 1710
30 Jacobus Van Cortlandt (1st term) 1710 1711
31 Caleb Heathcote 1711 1714
32 John Johnstone 1714 1719
33 Jacobus Van Cortlandt (2nd term) 1719 1720
34 Robert Walters 1720 1725
35 Johannes Jansen 1725 1726
36 Robert Lurting † 1726 1735
37 Paul Richard 1735 1739
38 John Cruger † 1739 1744
39 Stephen Bayard 1744 1747
40 Edward Holland † 1747 1757
41 John Cruger Jr. 1757 1766
42 Whitehead Hicks 1766 1776
43 David Mathews 1776 1783

Note

  1. Peter Delanoy was the first and only directly-elected mayor of New York until 1834. Appointed mayors resumed in the wake of Leisler's Rebellion.

died in office

Pre-consolidation mayors

The mayor continued to be selected by the Government of New York's Council of Appointment until 1821, when Stephen Allen became the first mayor appointed by a local Common Council. Under the Charter of 1834, mayors were elected annually by direct popular vote. Starting in 1849, mayors were elected to serve two-year terms.

# Portrait Mayor Term Start Term End Terms Party
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James Duane January 1, 1784 1789 5 None
45
Richard Varick.jpg
Richard Varick 1789 1801 11 Federalist
46
Edward Livingston.jpg
Edward Livingston 1801 1803 2 Democratic-Republican
47
DeWitt Clinton.jpg
DeWitt Clinton (1st term) 1803 1807 4 Democratic-Republican
48
Marinus Willett.jpg
Marinus Willett 1807 1808 1 Democratic-Republican
49
DeWitt Clinton.jpg
DeWitt Clinton (2nd term) 1808 1810 2 Democratic-Republican
50
Jacob Radcliff.jpg
Jacob Radcliff (1st term) 1810 1811 1 Federalist
51
DeWitt Clinton.jpg
DeWitt Clinton (3rd term) 1811 1815 4 Democratic-Republican
52
John Ferguson.jpg
John Ferguson 1815 1815 1/2 Democratic-Republican
53
Jacob Radcliff.jpg
Jacob Radcliff (2nd term) February 13, 1815 1818 3 Federalist
54
Cadwallader D. Colden.jpg
Cadwallader D. Colden 1818 1821 3 Federalist
55
Stephen Allen.jpg
Stephen Allen 1821 1824 3 Federalist
56
William Paulding Jr..jpg
William Paulding Jr. (1st term) 1825 1826 1 Democratic-Republican
57
Philip Hone.jpg
Philip Hone 1826 1827 1 National Republican
58
William Paulding Jr..jpg
William Paulding Jr. (2nd term) 1827 1829 2 Democratic-Republican
59
Walter Bowne.jpg
Walter Bowne 1829 1832 3 Democratic
60
Gideon Lee.jpg
Gideon Lee 1833 1834 1 Democratic
61
Cornelius Lawrence.jpg
Cornelius Lawrence 1834 1837 3 Democratic
62
Aaron Clark.jpg
Aaron Clark 1837 1839 2 Whig
63
Isaac L. Varian.jpg
Isaac L. Varian 1839 1841 2 Democratic
64
Robert H. Morris.jpg
Robert H. Morris 1841 1844 3 Democratic
65
James Harper.jpg
James Harper 1844 1845 1 American Republican
66
William Frederick Havemeyer.jpg
William Frederick Havemeyer (1st term) 1845 1846 1 Democratic
67
Andrew H. Mickle.jpg
Andrew H. Mickle 1846 1847 1 Democratic
68
William V. Brady.jpg
William V. Brady 1847 1848 1 Whig
69
William Frederick Havemeyer.jpg
William Frederick Havemeyer (2nd term) 1848 1849 1 Democratic
70
Caleb Smith Woodhull.jpg
Caleb Smith Woodhull 1849 1851 1 Whig
71
Ambrose Kingsland.jpg
Ambrose Kingsland 1851 1853 1 Whig
72
Jacob Aaron Westervelt.jpg
Jacob Aaron Westervelt 1853 1855 1 Democratic
73
Fernando Wood.jpg
Fernando Wood (1st term) 1855 1858 2 Democratic
74
Daniel F. Tiemann.jpg
Daniel F. Tiemann 1858 1860 1 Independent Party
75
Fernando Wood.jpg
Fernando Wood (2nd term) 1860 1862 1 Democratic
76
George Opdyke.jpg
George Opdyke 1862 1864 1 Republican
77
Charles Godfrey Gunther.jpg
Charles Godfrey Gunther 1864 1866 1 Democratic
78
John T. Hoffman.png
John T. Hoffman 1 1866 November 30, 1868 less than 1 Democratic
Acting
Thomas Coman.jpg
Thomas Coman 1 November 30, 1868 January 4, 1869 5 weeks Democratic
79
A. Oakey Hall.jpg
A. Oakey Hall 2 January 4, 1869 December 31, 1872 1 Democratic
80
William Frederick Havemeyer.jpg
William Frederick Havemeyer 3 (3rd term) January 1, 1873 November 30, 1874 Less than 1 Republican
Acting
Samuel B. H. Vance.jpg
Samuel B. H. Vance 3 November 30, 1874 December 31, 1874 1 month Republican
81
William H. Wickham.jpg
William H. Wickham January 1, 1875 December 31, 1876 1 Democratic (Reform)
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Smith Ely Jr..jpg
Smith Ely Jr. 1877 1878 1 Democratic
83
Edward Cooper.jpg
Edward Cooper 1879 1880 1 Democratic (Reform)
84
William Russell Grace.jpg
William Russell Grace (1st term) 1881 1882 1 Democratic (Reform)
85
Franklin Edson.jpg
Franklin Edson 1883 1884 1 Democratic
86
William Russell Grace.jpg
William Russell Grace (2nd term) 1885 1886 2 None
Abram Hewitt.jpg
Abram Hewitt 1887 1888 1 Democratic
88
Hugh J. Grant.jpg
Hugh J. Grant 1889 1892 2 Democratic
89
Thomas Francis Gilroy.jpg
Thomas Francis Gilroy 1893 1894 1 Democratic
90
William Lafayette Strong.jpg
William Lafayette Strong 4 January 1, 1895 December 31, 1897 1

(3 years)

Republican

Notes

  1. John T. Hoffman resigned after his election as Governor of New York state but before the end of his mayoral term. Thomas Coman, President of the Board of Aldermen, completed Hoffman's term as acting mayor until his elected successor, A. Oakey Hall, took office.
  2. When Hall temporarily retired during the Tweed investigation, the Acting Mayor of New York City was John Cochrane, the President of the New York City Council.
  3. William F. Havemeyer died during his last term of office. Samuel B. H. Vance, President of the Board of Aldermen, completed Havemeyer's term as acting mayor until his elected successor, William H. Wickham, took office.
  4. William L. Strong served an additional year in office because New York City mayoral elections were changed to be held in odd-numbered years due to the impending consolidation of New York City.

died in office

Post-consolidation mayors

See also: New York City mayoral elections

The 1898–1901 term was for four years. The City Charter was changed to make the mayor's term a two-year one beginning in 1902, but after two such terms was changed back to resume four-year terms in 1906. George B. McClellan Jr. thus served one two-year term from 1904 to 1905, during which he was elected to a four-year term from 1906 to 1909.

The party of the mayor reflects party registration, as opposed to the party lines run under during the general election.

# Portrait Name Term in office Length of service Party affiliation Previous office
91
Robert Anderson Van Wyck.gif
Robert Anderson Van Wyck 1

(1849-1918; aged 69)

January 1, 1898

-

December 31, 1901

4 years Democratic Chief Justice of the City Court of New York
92
Seth Low.jpg
Seth Low 2

(1850-1916; aged 66)

January 1, 1902

-

December 31, 1903

2 years Republican 11th President of Columbia University

(1890–1901)

93
George B. McClellan Jr..jpg
George B. McClellan Jr.

(1865-1940; aged 75)

January 1, 1904

-

December 31, 1909

6 years Democratic U.S. Representative for New York

(1895–1903)

94
William Jay Gaynor.jpg
William Jay Gaynor 3

(1849-1913; aged 64)

January 1, 1910

-

September 10, 1913

3 years, 253 days Democratic Judge of the New York Supreme Court

(1893–1909)

Acting
Ardolph L. Kline.png
Ardolph L. Kline September 10, 1913

-

December 31, 1913

113 days Republican President of the Board of Aldermen
95
John Purroy Mitchel.png
John Purroy Mitchel

(1879-1918; aged 38)

January 1, 1914

-

December 31, 1917

4 years Republican U.S. Customs Collector of the Port of New York;

President of the Board of Aldermen

96
John Francis Hylan.jpg
John Francis Hylan 4

(1868-1936; aged 67)

January 1, 1918

-

December 30, 1925

8 years Democratic County Judge in Brooklyn
Acting
William T. Collins.jpg
William T. Collins December 31, 1925 1 day Democratic President of the Board of Aldermen
97
Jimmy Walker.jpg
Jimmy Walker 5

(1881-1946; aged 65)

January 1, 1926

-

September 1, 1932

6 years, 244 days

(6 years, 8 months)

Democratic New York State Senator

(1919-1925)

Acting
Joseph V. McKee.jpg
Joseph V. McKee

(1889-1956)

September 1, 1932

-

December 31, 1932

121 days

(4 months)

Democratic President of the Board of Aldermen
98
John P. O'Brien.gif
John P. O'Brien

(1873-1951; aged 78)

January 1, 1933

-

December 31, 1933

1 year Democratic Surrogate of New York County
99
Fiorello La Guardia.jpg
Fiorello La Guardia

(1882-1947; aged 64)

January 1, 1934

-

December 31, 1946

12 years Republican U.S. Representative for New York

(1922–1933)

100
William O'Dwyer.jpg
William O'Dwyer 6

(1890-1964; aged 74)

January 1, 1946

-

August 31, 1950

4 years, 243 days

(4 years, 8 months)

Democartic Brooklyn District Attorney

(1939–1945)

101
Vincent R. Impellitteri.jpg
Vincent R. Impellitteri 6

(1900-1987; aged 86)

August 31, 1950

-

December 31, 1953


Acting:

August 31, 1950

-

November 14, 1950

3 years, 123 days Democratic (as acting mayor)


Experience Party (as elected mayor)

President of the City Council
102
Robert F. Wagner Jr..png
Robert F. Wagner Jr.

(1910-1991; aged 80)

January 1, 1954

-

December 31, 1955

12 years Democratic 17th Borough President of Manhattan

(1950–1953)

103
John Lindsay.jpg
John Lindsay

(1921-2000; aged 79)

January 1, 1966

-

December 31, 1973

8 years Republican

(1966-1971)

Democratic

(1971-1973)

U.S. Representative for New York

(1959–1965)

104
Abraham Beame.jpg
Abraham Beame

(1906-2001; aged 94)

January 1, 1974

-

December 31, 1977

4 years Democratic 36th and 38th New York City Comptroller

(1970–1973)

105
Ed Koch.jpg
Ed Koch

(1924-2013; aged 88)

January 1, 1978

-

December 31, 1989

12 years Democratic U.S. Representative for New York

(1969–1977)

106
David Dinkins.jpg
David Dinkins

(1927-2020; aged 93)

January 1, 1990

-

December 31, 1993

4 years Democratic 23rd Borough President of Manhattan

(1986–1989)

107
Rudy Giuliani.jpg
Rudy Giuliani

(born 1944; age 85)

January 1, 1994

-

December 31, 2001

8 years Republican United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

(1983–1989)

108
Michael Bloomberg.jpg
Michael Bloomberg

(born 1942; aged 87)

January 1, 2002

-

December 31, 2013

12 years


Republican

(2001-2007)

Independent

(2007-2013)

CEO of Bloomberg L.P.

(1981–2001)

109
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Bill de Blasio

(born 1961; aged 64)

January 1, 2014

-

December 31, 2021

8 years Democratic 3rd New York City Public Advocate

(2010–2013)

110
Eric Adams

(born 1960; aged 69)

January 1, 2022

-

December 31, 2029

8 years Democratic 18th Borough President of Brooklyn (2014-2021)
111 (elect)
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Corey Johnson

(born 1982; aged 47)

Assuming office


January 1, 2030

TBD Democratic 45th New York City Comptroller (2022-2029)
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