Councilwoman Jessica Lappin

Councilwoman Jessica Lappin

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More rats have been sighted in New York City in the areas hardest hit by superstorm Sandy.

New York City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin says that there are rising numbers of complaints to the city's 311 line.

The Lower East Side had the most calls this fall and winter with 121, an increase of 21 percent from the previous year.

The report shows increases in Lower Manhattan, West Village, Greenpoint, Coney Island, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook.

"The health commissioner is taking a serious look at this. It's a public health issue. I would love to start tomorrow, but realistically it could take a couple of  months," said Lappin.
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