“Our first responders answered the call of duty when our nation was under attack, and deserve to be treated by Congress as the veterans they really are,” Gillibrand said.
City council members, members of NYPD and FDNY unions held a news conference and rally on the steps of City Hall Thursday to encourage Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Act.
People diagnosed with one of 67 specific types of cancer have until midnight to apply. Those who either worked at the World Trade Center or lived in the neighborhood after 9/11 are eligibile.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Rep. Peter King joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in lower Manhattan to call for the reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Twelve years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the death toll has continued to grow.
In order to qualify for federal help, sick or injured Ground Zero volunteers who lack other proof must have two people swear they worked there. Quinn said the city should help these volunteers locate first responders and others who can attest to their service.
The most comprehensive study on whether the toxins in the air at ground zero after 9/11 are linked to cancers is unlikely to end the debate over health questions.
If Congress fails to reach a budget deal, automatic across the board cuts in January would slash $38 million from the Zadroga Act, which helps care for sick 9/11 responders.
The federal government announced Monday that dozens of types of cancer will be now be covered under a healthcare fund for first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The federal government will reportedly announce that about 50 types of cancer will be added to the 9/11 compensation list, and that the funds will finally be distributed.
Until today, there wasn’t a clinic for 9/11 responders in Brooklyn, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported. 9/11 first responder and advocate John Feal called the new center monumental.
A health advisory committee has recommended that certain cancers be included in coverage under the Zadroga Act.
PBA President Patrick Lynch said 56 police officers have died and 297 others have been diagnosed with cancer.
Since 9/11, 55 members of the fire department have died. Their names were read at department headquarters.
The federal government is now saying that cancer-striken Ground Zero 9/11 responders will not benefit from the Zadroga Act.