NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — For the first time since taking office nearly two years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold his first official town hall meeting this week.

A spokesman for the mayor said tickets to Wednesday evening’s event are being distributed by local community groups. About 250 people are expected to attend.

The hour-long town hall will take place in Washington Heights, where tenant issues and a recent rent-freeze for rent-stabilized apartments are expected to take the forefront.

The area around Washington Heights and Inwood has 53,500 rent-stabilized apartments — the most in New York City.

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

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