According to a copy of a health code violation and the mayor's spokesperson, New York Mayor Eric Adams, a prominent opponent of rats who has made controlling the vermin a top priority for City Hall, was fined for a rat infestation at one of his Brooklyn residences.
Adams received a summons dated May 10 for a health code violation related to a rodent infestation at the Bedford-Stuyvesant residence. The summons noted the minimum charge was $300 and the maximum penalty was $600.
The hearing before the New York Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings was eventually scheduled for Tuesday, and as his spokesperson Fabien Levy confirmed in a statement to CNN, the mayor attended the hearing on that day.
The mayor owes a balance of $330, according to records from the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearing that are available online. Adams said he spent $6,800 on rat mitigation at his property in an interview with NY1 on Wednesday, adding that he "did a terrific job."
Adams, who has frequently expressed his disgust with the city's rats, recently began a systematic campaign to purge the streets of its most infamous furry residents.
City Hall and the Director of Rodent Mitigation
A new "director of rodent mitigation" was being sought by City Hall most recently to address the problem.
According to the job description, the city is seeking a so-called "rat czar" with a "swashbuckling attitude, clever humor, and general aura of badassery" who is "very motivated and slightly bloodthirsty."
According to the listing, the director would serve as the public face of the city's campaign to control the rat population and would answer to the deputy mayor for operations. The job pays between $120,000 and $170,000 a year.
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