The months-long search for a rat czar to tackle New York’s rodent crisis is over — Mayor Adams announced Thursday he has finally hired someone to fill the job of reducing the city’s population of four-legged vermin.
”We put out a call for a rat czar, and we got thousands of respondents. We’ve dwindled it down to one person that we’re getting ready to announce,” Adams said at a rodent mitigation event in the Bronx hosted by the Health Department.
The mayor said the czar is a woman — but would not shed any more light on the long-awaited appointment.
”The first thing I asked her was, ‘How do you feel about rats?’” he said. “And I was waiting for some type of, you know, ‘Well, I think they should be around’ — No. She made it very clear: ‘I hate rats.’”
Adams first announced in December he was hiring for the newly-created post, formally called director of rat mitigation.
This story will be updated.
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