The two state workers busted for turning a parking garage storage area into a makeshift drug-fueled rec room pleaded guilty yesterday. Gary Pivoda, 40, a former custodian for the state’s Office of General Service, and his supervisor, Louis Marciano, 50, both admitted to defrauding the government, and Pivoda also pleaded guilty to grand larceny. He'll do a year in prison for dealing drugs out of the so-called man cave, while Marciano got five years’ probation and has to perform 250 hours of community service. Both men must pay thousands of dollars restitution to the state for the time spent sleeping, playing board games, watching TV, and doing drugs while on the clock.
The two were caught on surveillance camera after someone tipped off the Inspector General about the man cave. This video shows Pivoda snorting what appears to be a line of cocaine before counting some money.
Both men are also banned for life from working for the state. "These state employees shirked their duties to the state while partying on the public dollar,” Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. "With these guilty pleas, their party is officially over."
Below, another hit video showing the two cave men sharing a joint, while Marciano flips through a newspaper. In describing this video, Casey Seiler at Albany's Times Union (which locals love calling The Times Useless, heh) writes, "Please note that print journalism is still appreciated in many quarters." (Sadly, the paper seen in the video appears to be the free alt-weekly Metroland.)