NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is such an enemy of rats that he once called a press conference to demonstrate a contraption for drowning them in poison. Now Adams finds himself contesting a $300 fine issued by his own administration over a rat infestation at a building he owns in Brooklyn.
Adams was issued a summons by the city health department on May 10 after a health inspector spotted “fresh rat droppings” at his townhouse on Lafayette Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
The New York Times reports that Adams dialed into a city administrative court hearing on Tuesday to contest the $300 fine, which he was issued after first ignoring the summons.
Adams told the hearing officer that he had spent nearly $7,000 battling rats at the property and had even used the rat-drowning device that he promoted in 2019 when he was Brooklyn borough president, the Times said.
Adams noted that city laws are designed to penalize homeowners for failing to take steps to prevent and control rodents, according to the Times. “I took those steps,” he said, “and will continue to do so.”
Arsonist Released With No Bail
A Queens man whom officers spent nearly two weeks tracking down has been released just one day after his arrest for setting a local Asian restaurant on fire.
Choephel Norbu, 49, admitted to setting Ittadi Garden and Grill in Jackson Heights ablaze on the morning of Oct. 2 after the Bangladeshi restaurant’s staff allegedly botched his order the night before.
“I was very drunk. I bought chicken biryani. They didn’t give me chicken biryani. I was mad, and I threw it out,” Norbu told police following his arrest, according to the New York Post.
Norbu reportedly returned to the restaurant at around 6 a.m. Surveillance footage shows him dousing its front with gasoline, setting it on fire and then catching some of the flames himself.
Norbu was arrested on Friday for arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, according to the New York City Fire Department. But because those charges do not require bail under New York’s criminal justice reform, Norbu was released for free.
NYC Mayor Chastises BLM
Dare we hope that New York’s new Mayor means what he says? Watch what he does… not what he says.
A bloody night across the city left two dead and another ten shot, all of whom were black, in a wave of gun violence across the five boroughs.
‘Where are all those who stated “Black Lives Matter'”? the city’s second black mayor asked, speaking Wednesday on NY1 with Ruschell Boone.
Adams’ frustrated comments appeared to be an attack on progressives who have criticized his policies.
He added that those who protested police brutality in 2020 should do the same for the violence currently afflicting the city.
‘If black lives matter, then the thousand of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now.’
The former police captain continued, ‘The lives of these black children that are dying every night matter. We can’t be hypocrites.’
One Citizen. One Vote? Not in NYC
Wow. While we lavish immigrants – illegal or not – with taxpayer-funded benefits, we used to all agree that one needed to be a citizen in order to legally vote. If there is one thing that distinguishes a citizen from a non-citizen, it is that citizens decided on who will lead our government. Not anymore… does being an American citizen really mean anything anymore?
Eric Adams supports legislation that will allow 800,000 non-citizens to vote in municipal elections in New York City as early as next year.
So-called ‘Dreamers’ will have access to the ballot box after the new mayor of New York City allowed the bill to automatically become law on Sunday.
Opponents have vowed to challenge the new law, which the City Council approved a month ago – but unless a judge halts its implementation, New York City is the first major U.S. city to grant widespread municipal voting rights to non-citizens.