Mayor de Blasio holds first town hall

De Blasio appeared earlier in October in the

De Blasio appeared earlier in October in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, primarily to discuss tenants' issues. (Credit: News 12)

NEW YORK - (AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held the first town hall of his term.

De Blasio appeared Wednesday evening in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, primarily to discuss tenants' issues. About 250 people attended.

Tickets were not required but participants were invited by about 20 civic groups who asked for RSVPs. Translation into Spanish was provided for audience members.

De Blasio has taken criticism for not having more face-to-face interactions with constituents.

His predecessors held town halls with some regularity. De Blasio also until recently rarely appeared on radio shows during which callers could ask him questions.

The de Blasio administration scheduled the forum to tout its housing policy and the newly passed rent freeze for rent-stabilized apartments.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Residents are concerned about the safety of items 1 The Buzz: Safety concerns in wake of 8-year-old boy's death
Kevin Reilly, 8, died after a heavy planter 2 Vigil remembers 8-year-old killed by fallen planter box
A kid from the Bronx is one of 3 Actor from the Bronx stars in '13 Reasons Why'
In honor of National Superhero Day, News 12 4 Word on the Street: Superheroes
There will be a few road closures over 5 Weekend travel advisory, April 28-30

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.