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BROOKLYN, NY, July 3, 2018: On Thursday, Brooklyn Borough President hosted more than 150 Brooklynites at the Rat Summit, a town hall-style public forum at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation to discuss rodent infestation concerns and existing mitigation efforts, held in partnership with Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. and Brooklyn Community Board 3 (CB 3). Statistics from 311 compiled by RentHop found that Brooklyn experienced the highest number of calls made to operators on the issue of rats or rat sightings — 7,253 compared to 4,507 for Manhattan. Bedford-Stuyvesant, in particular, was found to have the largest rat problem across the entire city, with 1,265 complaints logged in 2017, followed by Bushwick, Crown Heights, Williamsburg, Prospect Heights, East New York, and Flatbush in decreasing order of complaints. Most of the complaints in Brooklyn originated in areas within walking distance of parks, restaurants, or recreational spaces. Borough President Adams emphasized the urgency of combatting the rat infestation problem and the need for communities to come together to learn about this important issue.
“I hate rats, and so do residents and businesses that feel under siege across Brooklyn,” said Borough President Adams. “These rodents are not only a nuisance, but they present a health hazard to our communities. Our Rat Summit sparked an important conversation that must continue amid an alarmingly disturbing rise in infestation complaints in the borough. I urge all Brooklynites to continue raising their voices, as I urge the City to overhaul its approach to enforcement and significantly ramp up its efforts on mitigation.”
In addition to voicing their concerns, Rat Summit attendees learned about rat mitigation, obtained free City resources, and received a “Rodent Academy” short course conducted by representatives from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), who shared steps on preventing rat infestations. There were also representatives present from the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU), New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), New York City Department of Education (DOE), and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), who were available to answer questions from the audience.
Borough President Adams noted that various strategies to combat rat infestations, including legislative solutions and budgetary allocations, would be discussed with local lawmakers and City agencies in the weeks ahead. Additionally, he highlighted that his administration has emphasized the need for prospective developers to proactively create rat mitigation strategies when pursuing construction in impacted communities, including, but not limited to, robust baiting plans, rat-related enforcement measures, and other pest control efforts.
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