Last week, City & State magazine released its second annual list of the 100 most influential people in state politics.

In a list dominated by downstate interests, Unshackle Upstate’s Brian Sampson was selected for inclusion for the second consecutive year. The editors of City & State noted Brian’s role as “a leading advocate in Albany for upstate business interests, a group that is increasingly getting some respect after years of neglect,” and that “Sampson is a consistently visible presence who commands the attention of the state’s leaders even when they don’t necessarily want to listen to him.”

Read last week’s list of New York’s “winners and losers” from City & State New York.