Eric Adams avoids a potential $600 fine over rat infestations at his New York home

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.

A picture of Mayor Adams speaking about the rat plague in New York.

Mayor Adams has made fighting rat infestations across the city one of his top priorities.


Mayor Adams filed a motion for rat extermination.

Mayor Adams filed a motion for rat extermination.


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.

A rodenticide warning sign is posted on a fence next to a home in New York.
The subpoena issued against Mayor Adams by a Department of Health inspector was dismissed by a city administrative judge.
AP
A picture of a rat in NYC.
City Hall has launched a new pilot program testing containers that can hold garbage bags from businesses to keep the garbage out of rats’ reach.
REUTERS

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

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