, Jr.'s problems with the city began in 2003, when - of all things - lightning struck his
factory on East 153 rd Street, sending its large, brick chimneystack hurdling toward the street and ripping out a chunk of the building's façade. Glaser, executive vice president of G.A.L. Manufacturing Corp., the city's largest maker of elevator parts, immediately set out to fix the damage, but it wasn't long before he collided with the city's voluminous building rules.
"All you want to do is fix the damn chimney and get it over with, but you can't do that," Glaser
recounted."You have to get a permit to fix the chimney.Meanwhile, it's lying on the sidewalk.And then you get inspectors around, and you get violation on top of violation on top of violation."
continued accumulating fines even after he
erected scaffolding and filed the necessary permits to repair the chimney, he
needed help.So he
called Bernadette Nation.Before he
knew it, she
had cleared up a minor glitch and his
..."When you see that sign, ‘I Love NY,' with the big heart in it, I'll tell you something: She's part of that heart," Glaser of G.A.L. said.