Saturday, January 12, 2008

AAEA President To Speak at Mt. Vernon Hospital Forum

Mount Vernon Hospital, New York Affordable, Reliable Electricity Alliance and the African American Men of Westchester County are cosponsoring Air Quality and Public Health Forum, where: "Environmental, Medical, and Community Experts will discuss regional air quality issues and their health effects on the community." The forum will be at Mount Vernon Hospital, Belsky Auditorium, 12 North 7th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY, January 24, 2008 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

A recent study by the American Lung Association on New York State air quality found that the short-term particulate pollution continued to be high in Kings, Richmond and New York Counties and along with Queens failed for annual particulate levels again.

The forum will be moderated by Julian Philips, former news anchor for New York City's Fox TV affiliate, the event is an effort to support the hospital in promoting the growing concerns of air quality in the communities throughout the region. Norris McDonald, President of the African American Environmentalist Association and an acute asthmatic, will discuss the heath issues caused by poor air quality and the steps that can be taken by the community to move toward a better environment. The program will include:

Program Participants
- John R. Spicer, President and CEO of the Sound Shore Health System (Welcome)
- Mayor Clinton Young, Mount Vernon, New York (Greetings)
- Norris McDonald - Founder and President, African American Environmentalist Association (Keynote Speaker)
- Julian Philips - Former FOX News Channel Anchor (Moderator)

- Zev Carrey, MD - Pulmonologist (Mount Vernon Hospital)
- Richard Petrillo, MD - Chairman, Dept of Medicine (Mount Vernon Hospital)
- Ruben Diaz - Assemblyman-Bronx, New York (Environmental Subcommittee)
- Larry Salley, Commissioner (Westchester Co. Dept of Transportation)
- W.L. "Tony" Sawyer, Superintendent Mount Vernon City School District

Forum Attendees (others forthcoming)
- Thomas Price - President, General Medical Staff (Mount Vernon Hospital)
- Reginald LaFayette, Chairman of the Westchester Co. Democratic Committee

Please contact Amber Sisson at 212.683.1203 to RSVP.

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