Hoboken Takes Decisive Action Against Rodent Menace

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Hoboken City Council Enforces New Measures to Combat Rodent Issue

this article was first reported by tapinto.net

HOBOKEN, NJ – The Hoboken City Council has unanimously passed a new ordinance, directing both residents and business proprietors to address the rodent problem on their properties.

Under the new regulation, it is now mandatory for all property owners to ensure their premises are free from vermin and rodents. This involves the elimination of any rodent-related traces, such as rat burrows. Once identified, these burrows must be sealed within a week using earth or another appropriate substance.

Council President Emily Jabbour explained the rationale behind the ordinance, emphasizing the importance of treating these issues effectively. By filling these burrows, it not only deters further rodent activity but also serves as a visible sign that the problem has been tackled.

Councilman Mike DeFusco voiced his concerns, stating, “Not all property owners treat our streets with respect.” He added, “Some residents leave their trash out in the street in plastic bags which is exacerbating the rat problem.” DeFusco continued, expressing his opinion that many residents, especially those in rent stabilized and affordable units, “aren’t taking care of the sidewalks.” He shared his observations, saying, “I’ve seen rats burrowing under the streets and going into the basements across the city.”

Highlighting the severity of the issue, DeFusco concluded, “Residents need to step up. This is a PSA. Please containerize your trash, please dispose of your trash correctly and please if you see a rat hole after this ordinance comes into effect report it to City Hall so we can enforce it. That’s the goal here.”


  1. Mr. DeFusco, apparently you don’t want to ruffle the feathers of residents not in rent stabilized units with your comment. However, I’ve observed residents coming out of their high end condos and homes walking to the corner trash receptacle and leaving their garbage bags alongside the container. I’ve also observed these same residents place their garbage in their neighbors trash cans I guess to avoid having to go to the rear of their property where their trash containers are. So, the bottom line is that everyone is not doing their part. It continues to amaze me how the council, I guess because of the Hoboken Business Alliance’s influence, avoids placing stronger restrictions or regulations on the Restaurant Owners who have eateries. These locations should be required to wash down their properties at the close of business, not the following morning and seal the raised platform areas so the rats cannot get underneath and breed. These locations also leave their garbage on the sidewalk in plastic bags at the end of the night. Even if the garbage collectors are scheduled to pick up the garbage within hours, rats have an extraordinary sense of smell and are drawn to these locations during the impending arrival of the collectors. I can’t imagine how someone, without validating their findings, can conclude that rent stabilized properties play a role in the rat problem? I’ve lived here for over 70 years and we always had a rat issue. We live on the banks of a river! Similar to the sightings of deer, foxes, coyotes and other wildlife species in the inner cities, building where they live and eliminating their habitats causes them to seek food and shelter where they have never been seen before. It’s the primary responsibility of our city government to protect the safety and health of its residents and visitors at all costs. Everyone, including those that contribute to the city or campaigns of it’s leaders to be held accountable and responsible for taking the lead in doing their part in ensuring our community is safe and healthy for everyone. The saying goes, “All for one and one for all “, not, “All for one and that one’s me.”

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