ALBANY, N.Y. - A state janitor was arrested and his boss suspended this weekamid allegations that they created a hidden party lounge at anEmpire State Plaza garage to sell drugs, smoke pot and sleep forhours during work shifts.
Louis Marciano, an Office of General Services (OGS) supervisorin charge of an East Garage cleaning crew, and Gary Pivoda, acleaner, gave co-workers and others special access to a locked roomoutfitted with couches, TV and scales to weigh marijuana, officialssaid. The Inspector General and New York State Police arecontinuing the investigation and additional charges may bepending.
Investigators said Marciano and Pivoda routinely clocked in at 4p.m., got high, then slept while other janitors cleaned Pivoda'ssection of the East Garage at Madison Avenue and Eagle Street.Pivoda allegedly made evening drug deliveries in his OGS truck toelectricians, plumbers and other state employees. Two garageco-workers were arrested in December for smoking pot at work. NewYork State Police dismantled the "man cave" in a late-night raidTuesday.
Pivoda, 48, of Latham, a state employee since 2000 earning$29,600 a year, was charged with marijuana possession andmisdemeanor criminal use of drug paraphernalia for having a scalein the den. Marciano, 50, of Rensselaer, is a 31-year stateemployee earning $37,470 a year. Both men were suspended by OGSwithout pay.
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