From the Daily News:
Hundreds of stray cats have settled into similar crawl spaces at Ravenswood, a 31-building complex on the Astoria-Long Island City border. The New York City Housing Authority wants them out, and had started to seal up the crawl spaces a few weeks ago before Romano and others intervened.
The latest plan - to trap the felines and bring them to city shelters - has riled up the long-time animal rescuer.
[Debi] Romano, who runs the SaveKitty Foundation, said her group is close to securing a grant that would help fund a trap, neuter and release plan. Romano and her helpers would trap the cats, adopt out the friendly ones, take the kittens and then release a small number of feral cats after they are spayed or neutered.
But NYCHA officials have rejected that proposal, Romano said.
In a statement to the Daily News, NYCHA said it consulted with the city Health Department to address its stray cat problem.
"NYCHA staff was instructed to post signs in and around the buildings to inform residents not to feed the cats," agency officials said in a statement.
Staffers were also told to purchase cat cages and "remove cats from the crawl spaces with cages and seal open vents."
Romano said NYCHA has purchased small cages that are more appropriate for squirrels than cats. And she worries that some cats, hiding in the crawl spaces, will be sealed in alive.
Romano said she has trapped almost two dozen cats in the area on her own in recent weeks.
She said a trap-and-release plan is the only way to cut down on the population.
Well that's the city for you. Long-term solutions are not something they want to deal with. They'd rather do something short-term that kills animals. Just like they did with the geese.