Here’s Your Chance to Bitch About Mayor de Blasio to His Face

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 at 5:16 am by

Photo: Gale Brewer

City Hall announced yesterday that Mayor de Blasio will host a town hall event on the Lower East Side next week. So, if you have something to say, say it to his face.

Officials note that all topics are candidates for discussion. Plus, commissioners and representatives from other city agencies will also be there for additional questions. You can be sure issues like the Rivington House scandal and the Lower East Side waterfront will be addressed. However, we anticipate that there will probably be plenty of attempts to disrupt and derail the event. One need only recall the hullaballoo at the environmental scoping session for the Two Bridges towers back in January.

The town hall is next Wednesday at 273 Bowery (6:30pm), the community space occupied by the Chinatown YMCA and University Settlement center on East Houston Street. It’s co-hosted by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.

Space is, of course, limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by emailing or calling (212) 748-0281. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, June 19.

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