TORONTO, Ont. – Mayor Rob Ford has cancelled his annual New Year’s levee, which he has hosted for the past two years.

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, which spoke to Ford’s chief of staff Mark Towhey, the city is looking at “other options.”

The annual levee gives residents the chance to meet the mayor and some city councillors.

Last year, the event was held on Jan. 2 in the City Hall rotunda.

Ford, who was convicted in a conflict-of-interest case and could be removed from office, is currently out of Toronto. He is taking some “personal time” away from city hall, his spokesperson confirmed.

Ford was ordered ousted from office after an Ontario Superior Court judge found he violated conflict of interest rules, but was granted a stay last Wednesday that allowed him to remain as mayor while his appeal is heard.

A panel of judges with the Divisional Court will hear his appeal on Jan. 7, 2013.