Mayor Eric Adams faces a fine over rats on his Brooklyn property

Rodents fight back.

Mayor Eric Adams’ war on rats took an ironic turn on Tuesday when it was revealed that Hizzoner faces a $300 fine for a rodent infestation on his Brooklyn property.

News of the rat subpoena came after Adams pledged last month to eradicate — or at least put a dent in — the citywide rat population.

But according to a city quote obtained by The Post, the mayor is struggling to keep his own home in Bedford Stuyvesant bug-free.

The mayor was summoned to his Lafayette Avenue brownstone by the city’s health department on May 10 after a health inspector spotted “fresh rat droppings” in an area known to be teeming with the animals, the quote said.

Adams attended a virtual court hearing Tuesday to contest the subpoena – after failing to respond to the initial subpoena and then repeatedly missing his court dates, the New York Times reported.

During the hearing, Adams spoke about his long feud with rats as mayor and his efforts as a landlord to curb the infestation — including spending nearly $7,000 in March to rid the Brooklyn property of the rodents, the Times reported.

Adams faces a fine amid his war on rats after it was revealed the mayor himself is rat-ridden.
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“Mayor Adams has made no secret that he hates rats, whether it’s roaming the streets or terrorizing building tenants,” the mayor’s press secretary, Fabien Levy, said in a statement. “He spent thousands of dollars cleaning up an infestation at his Brooklyn home earlier this year and was happy to appear before OATH today to say so.”

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings had found that Adams had defaulted in violating the subpoena because he had missed previous hearings. He used assistant chief counsel in the mayor’s office, Rahul Agarwal — rather than a private attorney — to contest the findings, the Times said.

Levy said the mayor always intended to represent himself at the court hearings.

The mayor’s rat fight at home was detailed a week after the Adams administration published a new job posting for a “rodent migration director,” hiring someone with a “virulent vehemence for vermin” and the “drive, determination and… the “killer instinct” needed to fight the real enemy – the relentless rat population of New York City.”

Anthony Giaquinto (L), President of Rat Trap Inc., joins Brooklyn Borough President Eric.  L. Adams (C) announcing the results of a pilot program to control the rat population around Brooklyn Borough Hall
Adams last month announced a pledge to reduce the rat population in New York City.

The salary listed for the job ranges from $120,000 to $170,000.

Last month, Adams signed a bill into law that will force landlords to buy heavy-duty garbage cans to shut out rats if they make two or more rodent complaints and reduce the time garbage is left on the street.

“I’ve made it clear that I hate rats — and we’re going to kill some rats,” Hizzoner said at the signing of the bill in Manhattan. “We’re making a dent in our rodent problem.”

Adams is apparently so into rats that his administration pasted it on a t-shirt. The Sanitation Department, in partnership with the OnlyNY brand, is selling a $48 shirt with the slogan, “The rats don’t rule this town. We do”, made famous by DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch.

Tisch made the now-viral statement during a news conference in which he announced the city would reduce the time garbage bags are left on curbs. Mayor Eric Adams faces a fine over rats on his Brooklyn property


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