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DeBlasio: No plans for town hall meetings

Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen here at

Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen here at the Corona Family Residence, a homeless facility in Queens, on Monday, May 11, 2015. Credit: Uli Seit

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he has no "specific plans" to host town hall meetings at which New Yorkers could raise issues and concerns, arguing that constituents approach him when he's out and about.

"What I do all the time is go out around different communities and different settings," he told reporters at City Hall. "People just come up and talk about things and offer their views, raise concerns."

Civic group leaders earlier this month told Newsday they felt frustrated because the mayor hasn't accepted invitations to attend town halls as his predecessors did. They criticized de Blasio, a Democrat, for traveling recently to Washington, D.C., and other cities while there are problems to be resolved in New York City.

De Blasio said he can govern at home while lobbying on the road.

"The reason you go to Washington, D.C., is because . . . that's where the resources are that have a profound effect on this city," he said. "To not go there would be malpractice."

The mayor expressed confidence that he's in New Yorkers' good graces. "I feel very good about the support that I have around the city," he said.

But he indicated that more formal forums might be in the works. "We'll be doing any number of different things going forward," he said.

Asked about another mode of communication -- social media -- de Blasio said he doesn't personally send dispatches from his official Twitter account.

"I do not handle my own," de Blasio said. "I used to spontaneously tweet. I have not found myself doing so much lately. I might do it again."

The mayor produced a palm-sized flip phone from his pocket to demonstrate his preferred device. He also uses a BlackBerry smartphone.

Several elected city leaders, including City Council members and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, manage their own Twitter accounts.

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