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City Hall might as well put up a for-sale sign.
Mayor de Blasio’s deputy mayors, commissioners and top aides took 136 meetings with lobbyists over just three months this spring – and his pals in the real-estate industry dominated the talks, newly disclosed city records show.
De Blasio officials held lobbyist meetings on 54 of 65 city workdays between March and May, attending 46 about real estate and housing. The second most-discussed topic was cultural institutions, but they only came up in 16 sitdowns.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This shows they have an open door to real estate developers and corporate lobbyists,” said Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change.
Back when de Blasio was a candidate in 2013, he vowed to “require that city officials in executive agencies publicly disclose meetings with registered lobbyists on a monthly basis.” For four years he failed to keep that promise, despite regular prodding from the press. Only recently did City Hall finally create a public database that tracked lobbyist meetings, which The Post analyzed.
The report also includes the following information:
Real estate and similar industries were responsible for the most lobbying every year of de Blasio’s first term. Last year, clients in real estate, construction, engineering and development represented 41 percent of all city lobbying.
Compensation for lobbyists has rapidly grown under de Blasio, from $63 million in 2013 to a record $96 million last year, a 53 percent jump since he took office, according to the City Clerk’s Office.
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