On-the-job drinking, pictures of women on the walls and workers watching television, including “Dancing With The Stars,” were among the inappropriate behavior found at a state-run steam plant in Albany, the state’s inspector general alleged today.
The report is the second since 2009 that found state workers abusing their positions at the state Office of General Services. In 2009, the IG’s office found that workers had a “man cave” in the Empire State Plaza garage.
In the latest investigation, workers at the steam plant that runs Empire State Plaza—the sprawling plaza and office park adjacent to the state Capitol—were engaged in a variety of unprofessional behavior at the office run by the state Office of General Services.
“Only a few years after my office uncovered a significant dereliction of management responsibility leading to grossly improper behavior at OGS, blatant waste, abuse and potentially hazardous conduct continued; management fell far short of what New Yorkers rightfully expect of their government,” said Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Here’s the list of alleged misdeeds at the Sheridan Avenue Steam Plant, which runs 24/7, according to the IG:
- In 2011, engineer Daniel Jackson worked at the plant while under the influence of alcohol. His duties included maintaining gas-powered boilers, and two of his supervisors were aware of it and took no action.
- Bedrolls and beer cans were at the plant, and a visit by investigators found unauthorized break rooms, cigarette butts inside the facility and inappropriate photographs and depictions of women.
- Supervisors didn’t conduct bimonthly tours on a regular basis of the facilities.
Seven workers were fined, and Jackson was placed on a two-year probationary period, with required random drug and alcohol testing. Two other workers retired in 2012.