Officials Rejoice In Passing Of 9/11 Health Bill

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) – It was a dramatic day long awaited at Ground Zero as police officers, firefighters, first responders and other emergency officials joined with politicians to celebrate the passing of the James Zagroda Bill, also known as the 9/11 health bill.

Officials gathered Thursday afternoon to echo their support for the bill that will provide financial aid to first responders from 9/11 who are suffering my medical illnesses that resulted from breathing in toxic materials.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

Sen. Chuck Schumer called the passing a victory lap that saves lives.

“There are people today who feel a whole lot better than they did two days ago, knowing that they will get the medical care they need, knowing that their heroism is being remembered, knowing that America will not turn their back on them,” Schumer said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

It was a culmination of efforts by many officials, and they’re relieved to finally be able to support the responders.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it our patriotic duty to take care of the first responders.

“We’ve come back to this spot where so many showed so much inspiration and valor and dedication to say that our nation at long last has done its duty. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that the people I am standing with have been able to recapture that sense of patriotic unity for the sake of those who sacrificed so much,” Bloomberg said.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was among many who had been pushing from the beginning.

“It has taken a long time but help is finally here for the thousands of Americans who are suffering because of 9/11,” Maloney said.

Policeman Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said that even though many of those suffering cops have insurance, it doesn’t cover all of their rare illnesses.

“There was a dollar sign on this, but that dollar sign was about getting medicine and hospitalization for members who were dying that weren’t covered or they couldn’t be covered,” Lynch said.

  • Bily Thompson

    If you don’t have health insurance and get sick, the tax payers have to pay for it anyway- so go get health insurance please- search online “Wise Health Insurance” and learn how you can get insurance at discount price.

  • life is good

    Hey George, I just wanted to let you know that a couple of your GOP buddies in the Senate and the House finally approved a watered down 9/11 Health & Compensation Bill to aid all of us First Responders … But not before making sure that sick and dying cops, firefighters and hard hats had to travel to D.C. numerous times to walk the halls of Congress and the Senate BEGGING the GOP for a couple of supporters. Oh come on George, you remember us … don’t you? We’re the folks that you said “You would NEVER FORGET”. You were strikingly quiet on this issue when we should have seen you out front TELLING the GOP what to do. Shame on you G.W., we supported you in massive numbers and you shunned us just like most of the GOP did. Then again, I guess if you actually cared about our well being you would have gotten this bill done on your watch …

    Okay, go back to your semi comatose state and count your money again, and enjoy that tax break that your GOP buddies made sure was continued for the wealthiest 2% of Americans … Of course I’m sure you will use the extra dough to create good paying jobs for the middle class just like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are going to do. . I’m going to sit back, use my rescue inhaler and think about how much I loved being a New York City Firefighter and how proud I am of all my Brothers who gave their lives on that horrible day back in 2001 and all the rest of my Brothers who are sick and dying now because they stepped up and did something that politicians will never understand … It’s called “THE RIGHT THING” …

  • nathan

    CHuck gets a lot of press but Giilibrand has been working very hard and deserves it as well.

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