Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, had such a hatred for rats that he once convened a news conference to show off a device for dousing them in poison.
Adams is fighting a $300 fine imposed by his administration for a rat infestation at a Brooklyn building he owns.
After a health inspector discovered “new rat droppings” inside Adams’ townhouse on Lafayette Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district on May 10, the city health department summoned him.
According to the New York Times, Adams called into a city administrative court hearing on Tuesday to challenge the $300 fine imposed after he initially disregarded the summons.
According to the Times, Adams informed the hearing officer that he had utilized the rat-drowning equipment he had advertised in 2019 while he was Brooklyn borough president and that he had spent close to $7,000 fighting rodents at the property.
According to the Times, Adams pointed out that city ordinances are made to punish homeowners who don’t take action to prevent and manage rodents. He declared, “I took those actions and will continue to do so.”
Within 30 days, according to the hearing officer from the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, or OATH, a decision would be made.
Adams was deemed in breach by default after he ignored the original rat summons.
The Times stated that on September 8, Adams requested that the mayor’s deputy chief counsel Rahul Agarwal submit a motion to vacate on the mayor’s behalf.
Adams now resides in Gracie Mansion in Manhattan, the mayor’s home, according to Agarwal, who claimed in the motion that he was unaware of the summons until September 1.
According to the Times, Agarwal asked for the postponement of an earlier meeting date on behalf of Adams, which led to scheduling this week’s administrative hearing.
A city lawyer’s involvement in the case has drawn criticism from the head of a watchdog agency for the government.
According to Betsy Gotbaum, executive director of the Citizens Union, “public resources should be used for city business, not the personal concerns of the mayor or any other elected officer.”
The mayor shouldn’t give any City Hall employee the responsibility of assisting him in what is a private legal matter.
According to a representative for Adams, the mayor did nothing wrong.
The mayor’s press secretary, Fabien Levy, said in a statement on Tuesday that the man “paid thousands of dollars to correct an infestation at his property in Brooklyn earlier this year and was delighted to appear before OATH today to declare as much.”