Labeled in the real estate blog Brownstoner "the queen of illegal mechanical demolition," Grasso got 144 permits from the Buildings Department between April 2008 and March 2009.
In that time, records show, her workers committed 92 documented violations, 53 of them deemed hazardous.
Total fines just for that period: $440,500. Total amount she's paid in fines since 2000: $750, records show.
Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri is well aware of Grasso's record, but claims his department can't withhold permits based on past misdeeds.
"That would require a change to the Building Code or some state or city law," he said.