It’s estimated that 900 people have sought to be New York City’s rat czar, and Mayor Eric Adams stated on Friday that he’s almost decided who to choose.
Adams appeared on PIX11 and stated, “We’re thrilled to hear that we have roughly  individuals who filed for the job.”
“We’re going to choose the best candidate, and the most important need is that they abhor rats as much as I do.”
Adams opted not to mention specific candidates, but he did say that the field is getting more crowded and that the appointment should be made public soon.
The hiring of a director of rodent mitigation, also known as a “rat czar,” to oversee his administration’s effort to rein in an increase in vermin sightings in the city was initially announced by the mayor last month.
According to a job posting, the position pays between $120,000 and $170,000 annually and requires candidates to have a “killer instinct.”
After the Daily News revealed that Adams had received tickets for failing to treat a rat infestation at his Brooklyn rowhouse last month for the second time in less than a year, the search for a czar reached a fever pitch this week.