NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor has beaten the rat rap.

Days after Mayor Eric Adams appeared remotely The fine was dismissed at an administrative hearing in the city to contest a $300 penalty for rat infestation at his townhouse.

Adams Tuesday, he stated that he had spent thousands on rat mitigation efforts. The hearing officer accepted the case and dismissed the fine on Thursday.

The officer declared that the mayor was guilty of trespassing. “placed rat traps around the property and helped educate and encourage his neighbors to take similar steps to combat infestation,” The New York Times reported.

Adams’ press secretary, Fabien Levy, said Friday that the hearing process worked as it was supposed to.

“Mayor Adams practices what he preaches,” Levy stated. “When he says rats are filthy animals that need to be exterminated, he means it, and that’s why he spent thousands of dollars doing just that at his residence in Brooklyn.”

A week later, news of the fine broke. Adams posted a job listing For a rat czar, to lead the campaign against the pests.

But Adams Believes that rat fighting should be done as a team effort. “He hopes all New Yorkers join him in the wholesale slaughter of rats across our city,” Levy stated.