Erie County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) is very pleased that County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the re-establishment of the county’s rodent control outreach program March 14.
After the previous administration had eliminated the program, the County Legislature approved funding the rodent control program, advocated by County Executive Poloncarz and Legislature Democrats, in the 2012 budget.
“We are pleased and gratified that County Executive Poloncarz made the rodent control a priority of his administration and worked with us to restore the 2012 funding for it,” Chairperson Grant said. “This is a situation where we must do everything to prevent the occurrence or spread of rodents in the City of Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs, and if the rodents are present, to address their reduction and control. This is a matter of public health, and the Erie County Department of Health will be staffed with qualified professionals who will help us reduce this problem.”
“The City of Buffalo, which I represent, has been hit by rodent concerns, and I agree that we need to address this issue before it becomes worse and spreads,” Chairperson Grant continued. “The County Legislature Democratic Majority and County Executive Poloncarz worked together to address this situation, and we look forward to continued cooperation with his administration.”
The return of the rodent control program started Thursday, March 15, and people with rodent control concerns can call the Erie County Department of Health at 961-6800.