Rats, they’re back!
A city health inspector recently hit Mayor Eric Adams with two new subpoenas for bugs on his Brooklyn property after he found evidence of a rat “runway” and other telltale signs of rodents in the apartment building, records show.
The subpoenas come seven months after a previous Department of Health inspection uncovered evidence of a rat infestation at the Lafayette Avenue building in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Adams made rodent infestations a signature initiative during his first year in office.
The Department of Health inspection uncovered evidence of a rat infestation in the building on Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Adams once called a press conference to demonstrate a device that drowns rats in poison.
The maximum penalty for both tickets is $500
Both cases are embarrassing for the mayor, who has made tackling the Big Apple’s chronic rodent infestation a signature initiative of his first year in office.
The new round of tickets issued to Hizzoner on December 7 revealed that DOHMH found evidence of a rat den near the front fence of the property, spotted feces near nearby trash cans and found “signs” of a rat “Runway” had discovered.
The inspector also rated a heap of rubbish in the front yard as “accommodation conditions”, which could encourage other rats to nest.
Mayor Eric Adams received two subpoenas for bugs on his Brooklyn property.AFP via Getty Images/Angela Weiss
The maximum penalty for both tickets is $500. Adam’s date before an administrative judge who will hear the case is tentatively set for January 12.
But Hizzoner said in a statement on Tuesday that he smells a rat in this whole saga.
“As I’ve said repeatedly, it’s so important that each of us do our part to address the rats that all New Yorkers hate, and that’s why I keep my yard clean and arrange trash in covered bins,” he said.
“I am concerned that despite previously spending nearly $7,000 on rat control efforts, I received two new subpoenas on the same day, despite a neutral hearings officer stating that I was “demonstrating.”[d] adequate measures taken … to prevent and control the infestation [my] Property.
“I will challenge these violations again and show that rats don’t rule this city.”