NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Standing at Ground Zero just days before the ninth anniversary of 9/11, members of New York’s Congressional Delegation declared Wednesday they intend to pass the Zadroga Bill the week of Sept. 20.
The bill provides health care, treatment and long-term monitoring to first responders who worked at the site after the attacks.
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“Not a single person shall participate in a 9/11 memorial event around the county, and be an elected official, and not stand up and say we are going to fight for the victims of Sept. 11,” Anthony Weiner declared. “Every single one of them, as long as it takes. They were there for us, we’re going to be for them.”
Supporters of the bill carried signs that said, “The Time Is Now.”
Steve Cassidy, President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said those who worked on the pile desperately need the bill.
“Over 100 firefighters have died as their exposure to 9/11, hundreds and hundreds more are sick,” Cassidy said. “The experts said the cancers wouldn’t even come for 10 years, well they were wrong.”
He added that the bill needs to be passed for those that continue to get sick.
“We will get this bill passed through the House of Representatives, we will get this bill passed through the Senate and on to President Obama so that he can complete the contract that was established by then President George W. Bush,” Deputy Chief Richard Alles said.