“I was surprised and disturbed to see a large Norway rat about 14 inches long,” Tom Dooley said. “It was running back and forth in the garbage carrying food in its mouth. Perhaps even more disturbing was that it was not alone. There was a steady stream of different rats, perhaps dozens.”
Rats running rampant in Astoria
Dooley began taking photos of the critters with the intention of filing a complaint, when nearby residents gathered around expressing their concern and outrage at the problem. Dooley believes that the rats might be coming from the construction site that is next to O’Neill’s residence or from the Trade Fair supermarket that is on 30th Avenue and 30th Street.
“The people that live near the Trade Fair are aware of the rats,” O’Neill pointed out. He said that the supermarket has its dumpster open, overflowing with food, welcoming the rats.
However, not everyone in the community has seen the rats.
“We haven’t had any new information about the issue,” said Andrew Moesel, spokesperson from City Councilmember Peter Vallone’s office.
Lucille Hartmann, district manager of Community Board 1, which includes Astoria and Long Island City, said that her office had not heard anything about the situation from any resident.
“No complaints have been called in,” Hartmann said.