— a clear plastic bag filled with sheets and a comforter
— a cabinet in a locksmith shop storage area that hid a pullout cot
The MTA said there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that three Metro- North Railroad employees: a wireman, a carpenter foreman and an electrical foreman used the unauthorized break room several times. It’s unclear if employees used the room while they were on the clock.
All three individuals were suspended without pay until their disciplinary hearings, MTA’s report said.
The room was anonymously reported last year
The Office of the MTA Inspector General said it received an anonymous complaint in February 2019 about the room. That complaint described the same three specific employees would “hang out and get drunk and party.” A second, similar complaint was made in late June 2019.
It’s unclear when the unauthorized break room was first created and how long it had been in use.
Those complaints were handed to the Metro- North Railroad Security Department for investigation, according to MTA’s report, but the Office of the MTA Inspector General found during its investigation that the complaints were never looked at further.
“The behavior described in the IG’s report is outrageously inappropriate and is not consistent with Metro-North’s values and the commitment that we have to providing safe, reliable and cost-efficient service to our customers,” said Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi.
Grand Central Station management told investigators they didn’t know the room even existed, let alone that it was a locksmith storage room, volgens die verslag. Officials said the wiring of the TV and the streaming device created a potential fire hazard and that “the MNR Fire Brigade considers an unmapped room for which no one appears to have the key to be very dangerous.”
“The risks associated with employees hiding in that room with the door locked create a variety of hazards including the inability of rescue personnel to quickly access the room.”