Staten Island residents are plagued by hundreds of rats plaguing homes for the elderly – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Some Staten Island residents say they are haunted by the hundreds of rats that haunt their neighbors’ homes.

They tried to help, but now they want the city to step in.

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Jack Murphy takes great care of his West Brighton neighbor who lives across the street on Silver Lake Road.

“I hope the city can help him … he needs it,” Murphy told Cory James at CBS2.

Murphy and other neighbors say the older man has a rat infested house.

“I can come out in the morning and see her on his roof, I see her in the garden, and I can’t even explain the smell to you,” Murphy said. “It takes your breath away. It’s burning.”

He says it has been a problem affecting the quality of life in their community for years. It’s so bad that he called 311 several times in hopes of solving the problem.

“They closed it because they said it passed,” Murphy said.

There have been nine inspections of the house since 2015, according to the New York City rat information portal operated by the Department of Health. The last was done almost two months ago, on August 9th.

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“Your inspector saw nothing when you came here,” said a neighbor. “All you have to do is smell it. That’s rat. “

In a statement, the Department of Health said it was on the property four times this year, adding, “Pest control teams found no evidence of pest problems outside the property and were denied entry to the property for the first three. ”

The statement goes on to say: “During the last inspection, we observed the conditions in the apartment and noticed an odor. We have been informed that the residence will be cleaned and will continue to be monitored. “

Neighbors say it’s not just about the rats taking over the house, which are spreading to their properties and endangering the health of their children and pets. It is also about the man living at home alone who urgently needs help.

They say they help him by carrying his groceries, taking out his trash, and even bringing fresh meals to his door several times a week.

“He needs more than our help. He needs town to come in, ”Murphy said.

CBS2 has also asked the Ministry of Health about visiting appointments and is waiting for feedback.

In the meantime, the homeowner says he is aware of the discomfort and is waiting for a visit from the Ministry of Health.

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