9:58 AM PT -- NYC Mayor Adams' 'Rat Czar' Kathleen Corradi tells TMZ ... "Mayor Adams declared war on rats when he took office, and under this administration, we are winning that war day by day. Rat sighting complaints are down 7 percent citywide since May and down 20 percent in 2023 in rat mitigation zones, where we are deploying targeted and effective rat reduction strategies."
She adds, "We’re employing a whole-of-government approach which includes the Sanitation Department’s ambitious, paradigm-changing plans to containerize all garbage in New York City and bring free, no-hassle, curbside composting to all 8.3 million New Yorkers by this fall. The Adams administration will continue this fight until we can definitively declare victory"
Move over Pizza Rat -- there's a new video of New York City rodents running the streets ... and this time it all has to do with a fellow subway bedfellow ... of the human variety.
Check out this wild video from a Big Apple subway station that was posted this week ... you can see commuters walk over to a homeless person sleeping under a blanket, and dozens of rats scurry out from under the covers.
It starts with a few rats running away as subway riders approach, then a massive stampede follows ... with the rodents scurrying down onto the train tracks. It all happens in a matter of seconds.
The sheer number of rats seemingly sleeping with this homeless person -- cozying up under the blanket, no less -- is shocking. We're talking about at least a dozen of the mouse-y monsters here, if not more.
Looks like New York City's new "Rat Czar" Kathleen Corradi has her work cut out for her.
We've seen rats dragging pizza slices, fighting over pizza and attacking pigeons over the years in NYC ... and this video is right up there in the NYC Rat Hall of Fame.
One last thing ... the video doesn't show the homeless person under the blanket or who pulls the blanket up, leaving some folks to wonder if this was all staged. It does all play out a little too perfectly, and like we said ... there's a lot you don't see in the viral clip.