rioht t1_j9eoplq wrote

Rats don't just eat poisoned bait and fall over. They die slowly through internal hemorrhaging over a week or so at most. That means they can have acquired multiple lethal doses of poison in their bloodstream via repeat feedings.

Also, due to how the way the law is structured, private landlords can perform self-extermination. A lot of them aren't very good at it.

It's a clusterfuck of problems.


rioht t1_j1ar0fu wrote

The article directly cites a number of doctors and at the end of it, cites that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has found that NYU Langone has a VIP system that "teaches resident patient bias".

Seems like pretty solid evidence that NYU Langone prioritizes donors and trustees.

With that said, this is the way that systems work almost everywhere - if you know someone or are "important" in some way, you get treated better. This is not something likely to change.

What I find distasteful is the implication that those who protest this system get retaliated against/fired. That seems like a step way too far.


rioht t1_j0eh6hi wrote

There is almost no chance that the city can attract skilled IT workers, unless it's folks at the beginning of their careers or someone who's only competent on paper.

IT pay is already higher than median pay in the US (55K or so), and IT is an industry where the norm is quickly becoming hybrid schedules (1-2 days a week out).

On top of that, the lack of decent promotional options makes it awful for an IT worker long term. Most IT folks can change jobs every 2-3 years and get a nice salary bump. No such equivalent in the city.

I just don't see how the city can attract IT folks. It's not rational to work for the city.


rioht t1_izybchh wrote

According to the above, it was between two and four. And look, is that a ton of dogs? No, but the issue here was that a spot in McCarren had bad drainage and the water became a vector for lepto which spread to dogs. This is a (relatively) easy fix that could've saved some pups from getting sick and dying.

As much as you may want to limit the scope of your original argument/statement - fine. But you shouldn't ignore property damage, because in the end we as taxpayers end up paying for it.

You don't have to take it from me, but I got trained by Bobby Corrigan. I encourage you to read up anything he's written, as well as any stuff by Matt Frye and Tim Best, who are all fantastic scientists who practice IPM. (Integrated Pest Management).


rioht t1_izy7tqb wrote

Lepto killed a bunch of dogs in Brooklyn last year. Hantavirus can go airborne from feces. (Clean up rat/mice feces with care, folks).

If the health stuff doesn't bother you, then the property damage numbers should. It can cost thousands and thousands to repair sidewalk joists when they burrow underneath. Rats often will go into cars during the winter as well and will go in there and start chewing up wires.

I don't hate rats - on the contrary, they're pretty cool creatures. But you can't ignore them from either a public health and/or public spaces standpoint.


rioht t1_isfet0t wrote

I'm almost 99% sure Adams is going to trumpet all the vacancies and reduced headcount as a savings triumph.

The problem is that if/when economic conditions improve (which are the stated reasons for the 7% cut), it will take a very, very long time for employee morale and ability to improve.

Another effect of these cuts (which explicitly rule out layoffs) is that you're losing the most valuable employees. Those folks with options and the ability to move elsewhere are going to do so. The ones that stay are going to be the folks who have to stay due to their circumstances (pension/healthcare/family, etc) or who can't.

That's fine for a lot of jobs that don't require too much training, but it kind of sounds like a death knell for skilled knowledge workers, like those in IT, engineers, programmers, etc. The city had difficulty recruiting those folks before, and it's going to worse after.


rioht t1_is077g8 wrote

Because DOE custodial engineers are required to maintain the premises.

If this is impacting your quality of life, you can contact the school's principal or your community board. Realistically unless you organize or you're very wealthy/well-connected, you're probably SOL.

On the bright side, there's probably only a month or two of leaf-falling season - you can look up the trees on your block to gauge how much longer til the trees finish shedding.