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“Public enemy number one,” Eric Adams declares war

Newsman: New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Kathleen Corradi, as the city’s first Rat Czar. In the newly created role, Corradi will coordinate across city government agencies, community organizations and the private sector to reduce the rat population in NYC.

“You’ll be seeing a lot of me and a lot less rats,” Corradi said next to Mayor Eric Adams. “He hates rats, I hate rats, – every New Yorker hates rats.”

Her goal will be to build a cleaner, more welcoming city and tackle “public enemy number one,” Adams said.

“Kathy has the knowledge, drive, experience, and energy to send rats packing and create a cleaner more welcoming city for all New Yorkers,” Adams said. “The rats are going to hate Kathy, but we’re excited to have her leading this important effort.”

“Destiny was calling, you see, I have a long history with rats,” she said.

As a child, Corradi said she used to campaign for anti-rat measures in her neighborhood and she previously served as a garden coordinator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

She promised to immediately take on litter, garbage and food waste where rats thrive. She will also decide what new products the city should use to get rid of rats.

“Rats are tough but New Yorkers are tougher,” she said.

Mayor Adams introduced Kathleen Corradi ,a land use expert who specializes in urban sustainability and currently works at the Department of Education — as the Director of Rodent Mitigation ,on Wednesday morning. Corradi was most recently its director of space planning and cracked down on rats in schools. Corradi was chosen out of 900 applicants. She has worked at the education department since November 2015, and as its sustainability manager until November 2021.

Adams also announced the new Harlem Rat Mitigation Zone and a $3.5 million investment to expand and accelerate rat reduction work across Harlem. It will cover Community Boards, 9, 10, and 11, and which includes 28 NYCHA properties, 73 NYC Parks locations, nearly 70 DOE schools, and over 10,000 private properties.

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