NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The deadline to register for the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund is fast approaching, and local lawmakers are doing what they can to make sure no one who might qualify misses out.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) will hold a forum on Staten Island on Wednesday to help people register for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund before the program closes on Oct. 3.
Speaking to WCBS 880’s Steve Scott on Tuesday, Grimm said people typically only think of first responders as eligible for the fund.
“There’s also plenty of iron workers and construction employees that were on the pile for months. There’s also people that lived in that immediate area that was there every day,” Grimm told Scott. “So, anyone that was on the pile that was unfortunately in the zone of exposure, they need to know that time is running out and they have to sign up for the compensation fund if they’re going to be eligible.”