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Bill de Blasio pledges $750K fighting rats in New York

New York City’s mayor is doubling down on the war on rats, pledging three-quarters of a million dollars to fight the scourge.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Thursday at Riverside Park in the Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York. 

‘Our goal is to beat back the rats,’ Mayor de Blasio said at a playground plagued by the vermin, according to theNew York Daily News.

‘And make these places safe and clean for everyone who uses them.’

New York City’s mayor is doubling down on the war on rats, pledging three-quarters of a million dollars to fight the scourge at an Upper West Side park

Parents have complained that rats have taken over parks, with some residents saying the animals have attempted to jump into their children's strollers

Parents have complained that rats have taken over parks, with some residents saying the animals have attempted to jump into their children's strollers

Parents have complained that rats have taken over parks, with some residents saying the animals have attempted to jump into their children’s strollers

Parents have complained that rats have taken over parks in the area, with some residents saying the animals have attempted to jump into their children’s strollers.

De Blasio was adamant that Hippo Park, a playground known for its hippo statues, should be an oasis from rats.

‘The last thing you need is to see a group of rats suddenly scurry into the picture,’ he said, adding it was upsetting, unnerving and unhealthy.

de Blasio was adamant that Hippo Park, a playground known for its hippo statues, should be an oasis from rats

de Blasio was adamant that Hippo Park, a playground known for its hippo statues, should be an oasis from rats

The mayor says his administration plans to replace wire trash cans with 29 solar compactors and four solid steel cans at eight playgrounds and parks

The mayor says his administration plans to replace wire trash cans with 29 solar compactors and four solid steel cans at eight playgrounds and parks

‘And parents in particular should never have to worry about rats ending up in the same sandbox as their children. That is particularly unacceptable.’ 

The mayor says his administration plans to replace wire trash cans with 29 solar compactors and four solid steel cans at eight playgrounds and parks.  School trash receptacles will also be upgraded.

Parks Enforcement Patrol and Urban Park Rangers will also issue more summons and educate residents and vendors on ways they contribute to bringing more rats.

Parks Enforcement Patrol and Urban Park Rangers will also issue more summons and educate residents and vendors on ways they contribute to bringing more rats

Parks Enforcement Patrol and Urban Park Rangers will also issue more summons and educate residents and vendors on ways they contribute to bringing more rats

City officials say parks enforcement officers also will step up litter patrols to help stop instances like these famous pizza rats

City officials say parks enforcement officers also will step up litter patrols to help stop instances like these famous pizza rats

City officials say parks enforcement officers also will step up litter patrols to help stop instances like these famous pizza rats

The Parks and Health Departments will also set up bait stations in an effort to kill more rats. Park crews will also plug burrows and prune greenery in an effort to make it look less appealing to rats. 

City officials say parks enforcement officers also will step up litter patrols.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said that its simple.

‘It’s not magic. It’s not even rocket science,’ she said. 

‘It’s no food, no rats.’

The additional $750,000 in funding comes after de Blasio rolled out $32 million for a Neighborhood Rat Reduction plan earlier this year. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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