City Council working on legislation to help rid the Bronx and city of rats

The City Council has proposed two bills aimed at ridding the city of rodents.

With rodent complaints in the city up 29 percent over the last four years, members of the City Council are taking action. Currently there are two pieces of legislation being debated at City Hall. One calls for the creation of minimum fines for health code and rat abatement violations, and the other would create a pest control board.

The health commissioner is opposed to a pest control board and voiced his disapproval before the Health and Governmental Operations Committee.

So far, the program that is receiving a thumbs up is the rat abatement pilot program in Brooklyn. And it is expected to be starting in the southwest Bronx.

If you have a problem with rats in your neighborhood, just call the city's 311 hotline.

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