Say it ain’t so. It’s the last thing New York City residents want to see: more rats. But, it could soon be a reality in the streets of the Big Apple.
According to AM New York, the Health Department is planning to slash the number of pest control aides by nearly 70 percent as part of the city’s latest round of budget cuts.
The department is reportedly planning to eliminate 57 out of 84 full-time pest control aide positions. These are the people who clean up trash, especially in areas where rodents have been reported.
The city’s information line 311 consistently receives calls for pest control aides to respond to complaints about rats and other rodents, but neither the city or the union would provide any numbers with regard to how often the pest control crews are sent out.
It is unclear when the reductions will take place, but the city is expecting to save about $1.5 million dollars starting July 1, 2010 for the new fiscal year.