Mayor Bill de Blasio Goes After Rats At NYCHA

Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a plan to target rats that are plaguing some New York City Housing Authority Buildings.

“We want to make the greatest city on earth the worst place in the world to be a rat,” Mayor de Blasio said.

Beginning this week and continuing through June, dry ice will be used to plug rat burrows.  An exterminator will also be assigned to each complex to respond to problems.  There will also be new trash bins for residents and new concrete floors.  The investments are being made at the ten most rat plagued developments.

“For too long, residents have had to accept rats as a regular presence but through the Mayor’s Rat Reduction Program, we have the resources and support to reduce infestations," NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo said.

The action is part of Mayor de Blasio's $32 million Neighborhood Rat Reduction plan which was announced in July 2017.  It aims to reduce the rat population in the three most infested neighborhoods in the city.

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