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Council speaker hosts town hall as Mayor de Blasio avoids them for national spotlight


Mayor de Blasio hasn’t hosted a single town hall for New Yorkers this year – and Council Speaker Corey Johnson is filling the void.

Johnson held a town hall with fellow Manhattan Democrat Councilman Keith Powers on Tuesday night, his third since becoming speaker in January 2017.

The last town hall de Blasio attended was a televised forum hosted by CNN as part of his presidential campaign.

Hizzoner hasn’t had a public town hall since Dec. 19, 2018, around the time he began flirting with a bid for the White House.

De Blasio only started hosting the events in 2015 after caving to pressure for a venue for the public to question him and other city officials.

The mayor has held 60 town halls so far, including one for students, and promised to have one in all 51 City Council district during each of his two terms. Though he’s nearly 21 months into his second term, de Blasio has only revisited eight of the 51 districts for town halls so far.

De Blasio’s office noted he’s also held six tele-town halls on specific issues, most recently on Oct. 30, 2018, about ballot proposals to revise the City Charter.