The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene got caught with its pants down. It was embarrassed in April when a video, broadcast on local stations and then picked up nationally, showed rats overrunning a Taco Bell on Sixth Avenue in the Village after business hours. The rats were actually rather cute, like a Disney cartoon. But the Health Department, to prove that it was doing its job and to dispel lingering notions that it collects bribes, went ballistic, temporarily closing so many places it was hard... More >>>