The de Blasio era has been an economic boon for well-connected lobbyists pushing the interests of well-heeled clients before the administration and City Council, new records show.
Compensation reported by lobbyists has shot up 25 percent since 2014, when Mayor de Blasio took office — going from $71.9 million to $95.6 million last year, according to an annual report posted by the City Clerk’s Office.
Many of the top lobbyists have ties to de Blasio or council members and raised tens of thousands of dollars for political campaigns.
Suri Kasirer’s firm, Kasirer LLC, led the way. It reported being paid $11.4 million by clients to lobby the city government, the report said.
The figure edged out James F. Capalino & Associates, the lobbying shop of James Capalino, which generated $11.2 million to lobby City Hall and had previously been No. 1, according to the data.
Kasirer, whose relationship with de Blasio goes back decades, bundled $56,030 in campaign contributions for the mayor’s re-election campaign last year.
“I’ve known Mayor de Blasio for 30 years. I first met him when I worked for Mario Cuomo, and we worked on David Dinkins’ re-election campaign. I’ve always had a good relationship with him,” Kasirer told The Post Sunday.
Kasirer represents clients for whom de Blasio has gone to bat. Among them is the private bus company Reliant Transportation, which paid the firm $40,000.
For three years straight, the de Blasio administration has shelled out $30 million to subsidize the salaries of Reliant’s unionized school-bus workers whose compensation was slashed under the Bloomberg administration.
Kasirer’s firm also was retained by NYCLASS, an animal-rights group that has fought to ban horse carriages from Manhattan streets — a cause taken up by de Blasio but blocked in the City Council.
Kasirer is equally wired with the council and said she is a “very of big fan” of Speaker Corey Johnson and had campaigned for him to take over the speaker role.
Johnson recently tapped Kasirer LLC Vice President Jason Goldman as his deputy chief of staff.
For his part, Capalino bundled $45,000 for de Blasio’s re-election campaign. He also had a hand in the controversial decision that resulted in the Rivington House nursing home on the Lower East Side being converted into condos.
On Sunday, Capalino, whose firm also goes by the trade name Capalino+Company, credited his firm’s success on its investment in staff and its expansion of services.
“These efforts, along with the hard work of the staff, led to the firm’s success in 2017,” he said.
Mayoral spokesman Eric Phillips said, “While we’ve got nothing to do with the increase in lobbying activity, this mayor has voluntarily taken steps to post online much more of their activity than ever before.”
Additional reporting by Michael Gartland