From the NY Post:
A licensed master electrician with contracts at four Midtown hotels apparently skipped the class where they teach that wood burns.
He used homemade wooden collars to rig wires together -- a potentially deadly fire hazard -- in a bid to save a few bucks, The Post has learned.
Robert Spallino, owner of the Bronx-based Maximum Electrical Contracting Corp., even painted his wooden "carvings" black in a bid to fool inspectors into thinking they were made of fireproof metal, according to Department of Buildings documents.
"This contractor was willing to put people's lives in danger in order to save a few dollars, and his actions must not go unpunished," Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri told The Post yesterday.
Spallino, a licensed master electrician, was hit with a yearlong suspension of his license and a $100,000 fine -- one of the largest ever given to someone in his industry.