Mayor Eric Adams has avoided a possible $600 fine after a city judge dismissed a subpoena from a Health Department inspector who discovered signs of a rat infestation at his Brooklyn brownstone home.
City records verified by The Post on Friday showed that the complaint against Adams’ apartment building on Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant was dismissed, two days after Hizzoner testified at a virtual hearing.
There were no other notes on the case included in the file. If confirmed, the violator could face a fine of between $300 and $600.
The subpoena was an embarrassment for Adams, who has made tackling widespread rat infestations across the city one of his year-old mayor’s top initiatives.
His administration has created a $170,000-a-year rat “tsar” position to coordinate the rodent response among a range of agencies tasked with rat control, including departments of sanitation and Health.
City Hall has launched a new pilot program testing containers holding trash bags from businesses in two boroughs – Brooklyn Heights and Times Square – to keep trash out of rats’ reach.
Meanwhile, officials are rolling out new rules in the spring that will delay trash pickups to 8 p.m. and postpone a significant portion of pickups to midnight — all in an effort to drastically reduce the number of rats clawing at the trash.
Previously, businesses and residents were allowed to drop off their rubbish as early as 4 p.m. and collection was early the next morning.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/09/eric-adams-escapes-potential-600-rat-infestation-fine-at-nyc-home/ Eric Adams avoids a potential $600 fine over rat infestations at his New York home