Building Worker Awards

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Always Ready With a Helping Hand

Phil Hartman is known for going the extra mile with the elderly and disabled. For the last 20 years, Phil has worked as a parking attendant in Co-op City, where residents and visitors know him for his warm smile, cheerful disposition and great sense of humor. Considered one of the family, Phil is not just a real helping hand at work. Over the years, Phil has also taught the art of spin bowling to hundreds of children, including his 12-year-old son, who made it to the state finals this year.

 

 

 

On the Lookout to Protect Our Public Servants

Gladys Rivera started out as a super in Manhattan, where she spent a decade watching out and caring for the residents of the building. After 10 years, she decided that she wanted a change. “Being a super and a security officer are very similar,” Gladys said. “Both of them require that you be aware of your surroundings.”
The native Puerto Rican took classes to be a security guard and has spent the last six years walking the beat and protecting one of the Department of Transportation buildings. For that, she receives the Building Service Workers of the Year award for best security officer at a public or city building. Gladys has three children and two grandchildren. “I love my job,” she said.

 

 

 

 

(Editor’s Note: The following are two profiles that we weren’t able to include in our 2012 Building Workers of the Year section that ran last week.)

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