Governor Paterson takes on asthma

November 25, 2008 2:47:08 PM PST
In New York State, more than 370-thousand children are battling asthma. Governor David Paterson is trying to do something to help.

On Tuesday, he announced long term enforcement plans to crack down on smoke spewing, and environment-polluting diesel trucks and buses.

In a study started in 1999 at the request of Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano, New York University's School of Medicine Research has proven where the trucks idle, the air risk factor skyrockets.

Diet, access to health care, poverty and race all impact the asthma rate. It's five times the national average in the Bronx. Children living in the Bronx are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized with asthma.

The governor's initiative cracks down on businesses to comply with clean air standards, whether it's industry emissions in the borough or company trucks passing through.

Those vehicles emitting smoking exhaust on Tuesday were fined 700 dollars. Tickets are 13-hundred dollars for second offenses.

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