Officials ramping up efforts in war on city rats

According to the City Council, over $7 million is being given to programs to tackle the rat crisis during the current fiscal year.

Adolfo Carrion

Dec 7, 2023, 10:32 PM

Updated 223 days ago

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Officials are trying to turn up their efforts to tackle the ongoing rodent problem in New York City, taking a closer look at some disproportionately affected neighborhoods. 
Kathleen Corradi, NYC Director of Rodent Mitigation or better known as "Rat Czar," laid out a framework for the best ways to deal with the issues that those communities facing more rat problems than others. 
"Rats thrive when they have ready access to food and water, a place to live and effective transportation routes," said Corradi. "This means that reducing the rat population requires managing garbage, eliminating nesting areas, and repairing cracks and holes in sidewalk structures and buildings."
According to the City Council, over $7 million is being given to programs to tackle the rat crisis during the current fiscal year.


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