BROOKLYN - The state is cracking down on a Red Hook bus company for leaving its buses idling, emitting toxic fumes into the neighborhood.

The state?s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is investigating Jofaz Transportation, which owns about 500 buses in three separate lots. The company's owner, Joseph Fazzia, said he believes residents are trying to oust him out of the area.

Drivers are allowed to keep their buses idle for a maximum of three minutes. Several signs posted near the bus company's headquarters warn that drivers could face up to a $2,000 dollar fine for breaking the limit.

Fazzia admitted that this is not the first time he has been cited for bus idling.

A DEC spokesman said the investigation is ongoing.