That’s Mr. Howard Marder, public information officer for the New York City Housing Authority.
What I can tell you is that the revised year-end number for 2007 of all bed bug complaints was 1,720 and that our Chief Exterminator says that in his experience about 70% of cases reported there is actual infestation.
Let’s play bed bug math, shall we?
That’s an estimate of at least 1,204 bed bug infestations in New York City public housing in fiscal year 2007 alone.
Public housing tenants vs. private residential tenants, complaints vs. violations, 311 vs. a centralized maintenance call center, HPD vs. NYCHA stats… it’s all squishy to WashPo.
We need a “New York City Bed Bugs 101” course for journalists!
I wanted to write about other things for you tonight but now I have to go write a letter to the Post. Wish us luck!
PS: Yes, we noticed the Chief Exterminator part. We’ll have to revisit that in a future post.