- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York court has upheld a state restriction against a doctor convicted of bribing a state senator in a failed attempt to keep Parkway Hospital in Queens operating.

The Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct sustained a professional misconduct finding against Dr. Robert Aquino and said he could have his own private practice but not own or operate a medical facility.

The Appellate Division has rejected Aquino’s challenge, concluding the restriction was a reasonable interpretation of the penalty authorized under the public health law.

Aquino admitted in 2012 causing the hospital to pay $60,000 to a company in return for then-Sen. Carl Kruger trying to keep it open. He got four months in prison.

Kruger was sentenced in 2011 to seven years in prison on conspiracy charges.

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