Poor supervision cited at NY-run steam plant

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August 26, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's inspector general says poor supervision at the steam plant serving the state government complex in Albany led to misbehavior by workers that included watching "Dancing With the Stars" for two hours, being drunk on the job and leaving bedrolls and beer cans in the facility.

Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says Monday the Office of General Services disciplined seven workers and supervisors with fines ranging from $228 to $13,212. The intoxicated employee was subjected to two years of random drug and alcohol testing.

Two others facing disciplinary charges retired last year.

Problems identified in 2011 followed Scott's report two years earlier on two OGS workers, later convicted of fraud, who established a hidden lounge in a state parking garage with couches, a television and scales to weigh marijuana.