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Rats Run Rampant as Result of Lay Offs, Says Stringer

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Rats are having their run of the city these days because of lay offs to pest control management, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer charged Tuesday.

During a conference of union leaders and residents on Tuesday, Stringer said that the health department's cuts have caused a rat infestation.

"They say they are going to save $1.5 million on the front end, but when you reduce the number of pest control workers you actually lose the 6 million dollars in fees that they generate," Stringer said.

The health department said layoffs will have no impact on the agency's ability to respond to pest complaints because its core functions remain intact, which include inspections, exterminations, and public outreach.

"It shouldn't have to be that I jokingly call these pests my neighbors," said Stephanie Araujo, who lives near a train station in Washington Heights, "but that's what it is because they greet me every evening once the sun comes down. They run rampant from the back of the building to the front."

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Comments [2]

Nancy S from upper westside

Well this explains it! The rat situation is soooo bad at my subway stop we all congregate near the first car and will hold up service getting into that car rather than walk down the platform to ease the crowding.

Apr. 06 2011 07:23 AM
Central Park LongBoarder from nyc

I skate every day along the west side path and through those parks. Over the last year I have gone from seeing one rat at night up along near the GWB to last night I saw 20 rats at least on by skate between 14th street and GWB and back. I said to myself, "gee the rats suddenly are growing in numbers? Why so? I have never seen such rat behavior before along the west side path and parks?' and today I see this. So yes then it is true, these cuts have cause more rats to blossom. Take it from a guy that knows the west side path and parks very well. Late night dog walkers I am sure cold attest to the same. Soon I'll have a rat riding shotgun on the from of my deck telling me to push harder and faster and to get him uptown, he is in a hurry to mate!

Apr. 06 2011 04:07 AM

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