De Blasio to Hold First Town Hall on NYC Rent Issues

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold the first full-fledged town hall of his term.

A mayoral spokesman said that tickets to the Wednesday evening event are being distributed by local community groups in Washington Heights. About 250 people are expected to attend.

Officials say the hour-long town hall will include discussion of tenant issues and the recent rent-freeze for rent-stabilized apartments. The area around Washington Heights and Inwood has 53,500 rent-stabilized apartments, the most in the city.

De Blasio has been criticized for not holding town halls like his predecessors.