Rats! The mayor of New York was again ticketed for rodents on his property
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams vowed Wednesday to fight his own City Hall — again — after he was ticketed for rats in his Brooklyn home.
A city health department inspector had issued two new summonses last month, just a day after the Democratic mayor appeared remotely before a hearing officer on Dec. 6 to have a 300-year summons dismissed. $ for rats on his property.
“A rat burrow was observed along the edge of the fence in the front right,” the inspector wrote. “Fresh rat droppings were observed in front of the bins in the front right yard.”
That’s not true, insisted Adams. “I have a camera at home and I looked back on this date,” he said. “My garden is clean. My waste is in containers. I go, I sweep. My place is clean.
An administrative hearing on the new summons is scheduled for Jan. 12, and Adams said he will plead his case again. “I encourage any New Yorker: you get a summons, you think it was done unfairly, go out there and fight it,” Adams said. “And that’s what I’m going to do. I will follow the process.
Adams was asked about the rats at an independent press conference after the Daily News reported the latest violations. The mayor, who had made rat eradication a key political goal for the city, said he was also determined to rid his own home of pests.
“I spent $7,000 to mitigate the rats,” he said. “You really have to be afraid of rats to spend $7,000.”
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