A state janitor and his boss built a secret “man cave” at a downtown garage near the Empire State Plaza that they used to sell drugs, smoke pot and sleep during work hours, according to the state Inspector General.
Gary Pivoda, a cleaner, and Louis Marciano, an Office of General Services supervisor in charge of the East Garage cleaning crew, gave co-workers special access to their hidden party lounge outfitted with sofas, a TV and a scale for weighing marijuana.
Investigators said Pivoda and Marciano routinely arrived at work at 4 p.m., got high, then slept while other janitors cleaned Pivoda’s section of the East Garage at Madison Avenue and Eagle Street.
The Inspector General alleges that Pivoda made evening drug deliveries in his OGS truck to electricians, plumbers and other state employees.
Two garage co-workers were arrested in December for smoking pot at work. State Police dismantled the “man cave” in a late-night raid Tuesday, the IG’s office said in a statement announcing the investigation.
Pivoda, 48, of Colonie, a state employee since 2000 earning $29,600 a year, was charged with marijuana possession and use of drug paraphernalia for having a scale in the den.
Marciano, 50, of Rensselaer, is a 31-year state employee earning $37,470 a year.
Both men were suspended by OGS without pay.