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A series profiling the New Yorkers who make our city work
Shawn Lesflores, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene

Shawn Lesflores is entering his 13th year of employment as part of the city’s pest control efforts. He’s part of a crew that goes where Sanitation won’t, cleaning out trashed homes and burned buildings that serve as open invitations to rat infestation and assorted pestilential horror. Despite years of service and union membership dues, the team now fears for its future, as it’s first in line for the city’s upcoming budget-driven layoffs.