Rodents are thriving on the Upper West Side, as evidenced by a deluge of rat complaints this year. In fact, the 10025 zip code ranks number one in the city for 311 calls about rat sightings, with more than 700, according to Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell. Citywide, rat complaints are up 30% this year versus 2019 levels. You can see recent rat complaints here.
The increase in rat complaints has been blamed on a few factors, including sanitation budget cuts and a change in rat behavior during the pandemic and then as the city has reopened.
O’Donnell is reaching out to incoming mayor Eric Adams to get more aggressive in combating rat infestations, sending a letter to Adams this week outlining his concerns. “As of now, rat reduction programs are underfunded, in limited geographies, and hamstrung by staff who are overburdened with other responsibilities,” he wrote.
See the full letter here.