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Curtis Sliwa Says He Can Solve NYC Mayor Adams’ Rat Problem


Curtis Sliwa lost heavily to Eric Adams in his bid to become New York’s next mayor in 2021, but he remains a tireless self-promoter and on Wednesday he invited the two cats for an inter-connected media stunt. concerning the rat and the man who beat him roundly.

The Rat Problem That Really Happened To Adams, who twice received summons to find evidence of rodent infestation at his Brooklyn brownstone. He managed to get his first ticket removed last month after attesting that he spent nearly $7,000 on rat mitigation. He almost immediately received two more summons for, among other reasons, allowing a “rat runway” to form in his front fence.

The solution Sliwa is proposing is cats, albeit of a rougher variety than Tiny and Thor, two domesticated breeds of cats that he and his wife, Nancy Regula, did not invite but attended a press conference outside the brownstone. by Adams. Sliwa says these are just prop cats. He hopes to install feral people and enlist a volunteer “manager” to make sure they have food and water.

“They’ll be like Batman and Robins patrolling the block,” Sliwa said as he stood outside Mayor Adams’ home, wearing a red jacket with the words “Mayor Curtis Sliwa NYC” on his chest.

Sliwa said exactly the same about himself and members of his civilian patrol The Guardian Angels when they began at least ostensibly fighting subway crime in 1979. After that, he was repeatedly accused of staging cases to attract public opinion.

Wednesday’s event was preceded by a press release distributed to various media outlets in New York. Sliwa arrived across from the Adams home in the back of a pickup truck with the words “Guardian Angels Protect Animals” on the door. His wife joined him in carrying Thor and Tiny across the street in a cage.

Curtis Sliwa brings cats to a news conference outside Mayor Eric Adams’ Brooklyn sandstone.

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“A cat walking,” someone joked.

He happened to come across a rat that had been squashed in the middle of the road.

“It wasn’t a cat that did it,” he said loudly, pointing down to what would later become the most photographed flat rat in the city’s history.

Two domesticated cats sit in their cages on a table outside the house as Sliwa details a simple solution based on “nature’s way”. He said feral cats have been used with great success in various cities, including Istanbul.

“Istanbul has 100,000 feral cats,” he said. “People see them as part of a community.”

But he also warns that even feral cats cannot eliminate the problem.

“You will never defeat the rats,” he said. “You have to hope for detractors.”

Sliwa cited various ways Adams sought to combat rodents such as Brooklyn county president and mayor—everything from glue traps to soaking them in alcohol solutions.

“That doesn’t get rid of them,” Sliwa noted.

Adams recently solicited applications for a new “tsar mouse,” and more than 900 people responded, including at least one domesticated cat. Now, Sliwa announced that he will take up the position on an unpaid basis, though only if he can work the nights and let someone handle the bureaucratic responsibilities during the day.

“I will work from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.,” says Sliwa.

The offer reached Adams, who told the press, “I will take his offer. You know, if he says he’s going to be my rat king for free, I’ll call him and I want him on board to do it.”

The mayor spoke hard.

“Tell Curtis: Be my rat tsar. OK, and he’ll realize this isn’t a funny Tom and Jerry commercial. This is the real thing.”

Addas added: “He could have been part of our internship, because I knew he was looking for work because he lost the job he was trying to get.”

Adams pledges to fight the latest rat summons, issued by his administration

“I will challenge these violations again and prove that rats do not run this city,” he said.

Back in Brooklyn at the scene of the purported breach, Sliwa continued speaking, speaking, speaking as one of the assistance cats, Tiny, appeared to fall asleep. Sliwa notes that Adams has admitted to being afraid of rats.

“I am not afraid of them,” Sliwa declared to the media he had attracted. “I’m not afraid of anything.”

Except maybe obscure.

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