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Janitor fired in connection with parking garage drug den

July 20, 2009
ALBANY, NY — A New York State janitor and his supervisor were arrested late last week amid allegations that they had a hidden lounge at an Empire State Plaza parking garage where they sold drugs, smoked marijuana and slept for hours during their work shifts, according to WIVB-TV.
According to officials, Louis Marciano, an Office of General Services (OGS) supervisor in charge of an East Garage cleaning crew, and Gary Pivoda, a cleaner, gave co-workers and others special access to a locked room outfitted with couches, televisions and scales to weigh marijuana.
Pivoda, a state employee since 2000, was charged with marijuana possession and misdemeanor criminal use of drug paraphernalia for having a scale in the drug den, the story stated.
Marciano, a 31-year state employee, was, along with Pivoda, suspended without pay, the story noted.
According to the story, the Inspector General and the New York State Police are continuing the investigation and additional charges may be pending.
Pivoda, who allegedly made evening drug deliveries in his OGS truck to electricians, plumbers and other state employees, routinely clocked in at 4 p.m., got high, and then slept while other janitors cleaned his section of the East Garage, the story added.
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