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Stringer: NYC Must Fight Rats Before Problem Comes Back To ‘Bite Them’

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Gone are the days when rats ran rampant only in New York City’s subways.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer called for increased efforts by the city Tuesday to fight the pesky, menacing vermin.

Stringer blamed budget cuts and lack of funding for pest control while demanding Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council do something before the problem came back to “bite them.”

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg hears from a Washington Heights resident on the pest problem

“This issue should be taken off the budget table because this is about the health and welfare of our city, of our children and of our elderly,” Stringer said.

Stephanie Araujo said her Washington Heights block was being overrun by rats. She told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg that she “never thought it could get this bad.”

“They greet me every evening once the sun comes down.  They run rampant from the back of the building to the front as if they too pay rent,” Araujo joked.

At a press conference Tuesday, Bloomberg defended NYC’s response to the rat issue saying “the city is doing a great job.”

“In the areas where we focused our efforts, I think the number of rats are down like a third, which is amazing progress,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor touted a new city strategy that put the focus on whole neighborhoods as opposed to individual lots.

“We’re doing the right thing and unfortunately, some of the elected officials just aren’t as informed as I’d like them to be about what we’re doing,” Bloomberg said.

“When rats walk down the street with their shoulders upright like they own the neighborhood, we have a problem,” Stringer said.

SOUND-OFF: Is your block infested with rats?  Is the city doing a good job at curbing the problem? Let us know in the comments section…

  • nathan

    Its time for me and my “friends” to start targeting IP addresses and servers since the site admin wont step up.

  • nathan

    I live on Park Ave 2 blocks from the Mayor. There were 2 dead rats laying in the street in front of my window SUnday morning, one of them squashed. If you think they only hang out in bad nabs, you’re wrong. And yes this is the real nathan.

  • Joe perez

    Yes, there are many rats in washington heights which we see every day. Complaining about the mayor is one way to address the problem, but one needs only to walk the streets of washington heights to see the real cause of the problem. If the good “residents” of washington heights would stop living like the rats they complain about and pick up their own trash, it wouldn’t be such a problem.

  • kendra

    yes the buildings around here are infested with rats all around here..but the only reason why the mayor said that about the rat problem being down is because he does not have to live in east harlem or west harlem …..he is only going by what they tell him when he should see it up close and personal like when have to do…

  • Vienna Joe

    Bloomberg has spent $800+ million on the failed ‘City Time’ fiasco, who knows how much $$$ on the failed 911 communications center, has closed numerous firehouses, has cut the staffing on every fire engine, is going to close 20 more fire companies and now we find that he isn’t properly funding pest control which is allowing the rat population to grow out of control. Mike Bloomberg is a glaring example of why CEO’s do not make good elected officials.

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