New York City: a Rat's Paradise

New York City is battling rats like never before. Rats are literally taking over New York City with a record number of callers phoning in complaints about the rodents to the city’s hotline.

"The rats are taking over," New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said. "I'm a lifelong New Yorker and I've never seen it this bad... I see them on my way home, they're standing upright, they say, 'Good morning, Mr. Comptroller'."

The problem is evident by the increasing number of phone calls the city is receiving regarding rats at the complaint hotline. The city says it is on pace to receive more rat complaints than ever before, beating out last year’s staggering 24,000 calls.

In typical fashion, Mayor De Blasio blames the problem on a 311 app which allows New Yorkers to report problems easier rather than dealing with the issue.  But with his policies like building a garbage dump in a residential neighborhood is it no wonder that the average New Yorker is seeing more rats.

Martin Schlein, in his ground breaking study, “A Proportional  Analysis of Garbage as Food for the Norway Rat” showed a positive correlation between the number of rats and the amount of garbage present. Simply put, the more garbage, the more rats.

I looked into just one of the Mayor’s policies and what its means for the rat population on the Upper East Side.  It isn’t a pretty picture. See my report below.