- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a rare appearance on a call-in radio show.

De Blasio took four questions from listeners Friday as part of a half-hour appearance on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

Three of the callers were from Queens, the other from Manhattan.

Much of the discussion was about the fate of the mayor’s affordable housing agenda in Albany and a recent uptick in city crime.

De Blasio was pressed about his reluctance to embrace a City Council proposal to hire 1,000 new police officers.

He praised the NYPD and outlined other priorities that need funding, such as homelessness, struggling schools and the jail system.

The mayor has received criticism for not regularly engaging with citizens at town halls or radio appearances.

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