Amato Requests Mosquito Spraying For Rockaway Neighborhoods


What about us? We’ve got mosquitos too! In a recent NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announcement regarding mosquito aerial spraying, Rockaway’s zipcodes were left out. In response to numerous concerns over mosquito breeding and the potential spread of West Nile Virus and Zika Virus in coastal communities in southern Queens and Rockaway, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato sent a letter to the DOHMH to request a mosquito aerial spraying in the areas encompassed by zip codes 11693, 11694, 11697, 11414, and 11417.

"Every summer, families across southern Queens deal with the onslaught of mosquitos any time we step outside. That is why it is so important to have additional sprayings to prevent against the potential risks posed by West Nile Virus and Zika Virus. I look forward to hearing back from DOHMH to see how the city can control mosquito populations and what we can all do to stay safe and healthy this summer," said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato.

According to a notice sent out by the DOHMH, a majority of the zip codes encompassing the 23rd Assembly District had been left off of the list of neighborhoods slated for sprayings. Pheffer Amato noted in her letter: “I understand that NYC Dept of Health does not spray for nuisance mosquitoes; however as much of my district is surrounded by coastal wetlands, it is crucial that the city take measures to ensure that these neighborhoods are protected from the threats of West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus.”