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Shuttered Parkway Hospital to be auctioned

| mchan@queenscourier.com

The shuttered Parkway Hospital building in Forest Hills will be auctioned off at the end of the month, according to a real estate data site.

The state closed the hospital at 70-35 113th Street in 2008. It has been vacant since.

Now the 70,000-square-foot property, with an outstanding lien of nearly $15 million, is up for sale, according to PropertyShark.

A Department of Finance spokesperson said the city sold liens on the property five times since 2008. Outstanding property taxes totaled $3.7 million, according to the department.

The last deed on record was from January 1975, when Parkway Hospital Associates bought the site.

An auction for the property will take place June 28 at the Queens Supreme Court building in Jamaica, The Real Deal first reported.

Former Parkway CEO Robert Aquino was sentenced to four months in prison last May after he pleaded guilty to bribing former State Senator Carl Kruger to try to keep the medical facility open.




Court upholds bribery conviction of former health executive David Rosen

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



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.



Former hospital exec Robert Aquino pleads guilty to bribery

| mchan@queenscourier.com

A current of corruption and conspiracy came crashing down after former Queens hospital executive Robert Aquino pleaded guilty to bribing former State Senator Carl Kruger.

According to the FBI, Aquino — the former CEO of the now defunct Parkway Hospital — confessed on Tuesday, January 3 to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

According to the indictment, the complaint and statements made during the plea proceeding in Manhattan federal court, Aquino made Parkway pay $60,000 to Adex Management Inc. — a company Kruger had interests in — when the hospital was slated to close in 2008.

Adex then paid half of that money to Olympian Strategic Development Corp. — a consulting company controlled by Michael Turano, who had a close relationship with Kruger — as alleged in the complaint.

Aquino admitted in court that he understood Kruger would undertake official action in his capacity as a member of the New York State Senate to help keep Parkway open in exchange for making payments to Adex.

“Robert Aquino was all too willing to make sure a bribe was paid to preserve his job as CEO of a hospital,” said Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. “Like others in this case, he chose to fight his battle with money under the table rather than to play by the rules.”

Aquino, 54, of Glen Head, Long Island, faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He will be sentenced on May 3.

Aquino was initially charged on March 10, 2011, along with seven others, including Kruger, Turano, Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist, Solomon Kalish, the owner of Adex, David Rosen, the former CEO of MediSys Health Network, real estate developer Aaron Malinsky and Assemblymember William Boyland, Jr.

Kruger pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery on December 20, 2011, while Turano pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Kruger and Turano are scheduled to be sentenced on April 26.