President and CEO of Westchester County Health Care Corp. Agrees to Pay $3,000 For Accepting Illegal Gifts from Vendor

President and CEO of Westchester County Health Care Corp. Agrees to Pay $3,000 For Accepting Illegal Gifts from Vendor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2010
CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                     518-474-4418

ALBANY — The State Commission on Public Integrity today announced that Michael Israel, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Westchester County Health Care Corporation, has agreed to pay $3,000 to settle charges that he accepted more than $800 in gifts from Cardinal Health, Inc., a vendor doing business with the hospital.

The Commission had charged Mr. Israel with accepting lodging at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and limousine service from the hotel to a meeting. The lodging was valued at $421.85 and the transportation was valued at $410.48.

Under the law, State officers and employees generally may not accept gifts of more than “nominal” value.

Copies of the Notice of Reasonable Cause and the disposition agreement are available at on-line at http://www.nyintegrity.org/enforcement/ea.html