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Perkins Subway Rat Report

Perkins Subway Rat Report

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Published by: City Room on Nov 01, 2010
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I. Introduction
Although the constituents in the 30
senatorial district vary ethnically,culturally and economically, they all encounter the same chronic rat problemwhenever they use the subway system. Most people have a visceral reactionto rats, but that alone is not why we must make every effort to rid them fromour subways.Rats can carry and transmit diseases, some of which are fatal to humans anddogs. Rats can spread disease through their urine, feces and from bites. Ratsalso carry parasites like fleas, worms and mites which can spread diseases aswell. At the time of this writing, the Malaysian government is battling anincrease of Leptospirosis, a rat borne illness which has killed nearly 100 people this year. While New York city is not Malaysia, the public healthcrisis they are confronting, underscores the potential danger posed by an outof control rat population. In particular, New York city’s subway system, withits densely packed trains and enclosed spaces, provides an ideal environmentfor communicable diseases to spread quickly. New Yorkers think we have a serious rodent problem in our subways that can be resolved. This is the news that comes from a district-wide rat surveyconducted by my office over the past 6 weeks. Over 15,000 surveys weredistributed, in the mail, on-line and in-person at train stations. People’s passion for this issue was evident wherever we handed out surveys. Withindays of our mailing, we received stacks of mail from constituents who hadtaken the time to fill out, stamp and mail back our surveys. The response wasoverwhelming.As the results came in, three things are clear: 30
District residentsoverwhelmingly feel they are facing a ‘severe’ problem, they believe that the problem of rats rampaging through the subway is partly due to inept pest-control by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and most feel strongly that the
conduct of train customers, eating in stations, on trains, and carelesslydiscarding refuse on the tracks or platforms, plays an important role incompounding the problem.
How Often Do you See Rats in the Subway?Daily288457.55%Weekly145529.04%Monthly 62112.39%I Never See Rats 51 1.02%
 87% of respondentssaid they see rats dailyor weekly.
Where have you seen rats in the subway?In Train1493.05%On Benches3647.44%On Platform 1681 34.36%On Tracks251351.37%Other1853.78%

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Tammy Nam added this note
Hmm, interesting 11th hour politiking. At least Bill Perkins is appealing to a common enemy...
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