BY TERENCE M. CULLEN AND MAGGIE HAYES
Federal judges have upheld the conviction of former health executive David Rosen for attempted bribery of elected officials.
“The corruption of elected officials undermines public confidence in our democratic institutions,” Judge Raymond J. Lohier Jr. wrote in the ruling. “The government has a wide berth to combat it.”
Rosen is the former CEO of MediSys, a nonprofit that managed Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Flushing Hospital, the now-shuttered Peninsula Hospital and Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn.
He was convicted in 2011 of trying to bribe then-State Senator Carl Kruger and Assemblymember William Boyland Jr. to help MediSys gain political influence. Rosen was also charged with paying $400,000 to former Assemblymember Anthony Seminario through a phony consulting ring while he was still in office.
Rosen filed to appeal the conviction last summer after being sentenced to three years in prison. He is so far the only defendant in this case who has gone to trial.
Seminario pled guilty in 2009 and died two years later in a federal corrections facility.