From the Daily News:
The owner of the defunct Parkway Hospital claims in legal papers filed this week that ex-Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio tried to shake him down for thousands of dollars - and then had the hospital closed when he refused to pay.
Aquino said that on several occasions in 2005 and 2006, Seminerio asked him for consulting fees ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per month. He said he refused each offer - and Seminerio grew furious.
Aquino said the rebuffed Seminerio "made sure" Parkway was on the Berger Commission's closure list.
"The last time I probably ever spoke to him," Aquino recalled, "he called me on the phone, screaming and yelling at me, telling me that if I didn't do this we would be in big trouble and we'd probably lose our license - which we did."