Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo) joined County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announcing the re-establishment of the county’s rodent control outreach program Wednesday morning.
After the previous administration had eliminated it, the County Legislature approved funding the rodent control program, advocated by County Executive Poloncarz and Legislature Democrats, in the 2012 budget.
“I am excited and very glad that we have a County Executive who will keep his word and make rodent control a priority after working with County Legislature Democrats to restore the 2012 funding for it,” Legislator Hogues said. “We have heard about this from our constituents, and the 1st District in Buffalo, which I represent, has been hit hard by rodent concerns, and I believe we need to address this issue before it worsens and spreads.”
“We must do everything to prevent the occurrence or spread of rodents in the City of Buffalo and the rest of Erie County, and if rodents are present, to address their reduction and control,” Legislator Hogues added. “This is a public health matter, and the Erie County Department of Health will be staffed with qualified professionals who will help reduce this problem. The County Legislature Democratic Majority and County Executive Poloncarz worked together on this issue, and we look forward to continued cooperation with his administration.”
The return of the rodent control program takes effect Thursday, March 15, and people with rodent control concerns can call the Erie County Department of Health at 961-6800.