NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – 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.
Four years ago, President Barack Obama signed the act, which pays the medical bills for the 33,000 people suffering from 9/11-related illnesses, including first responders. The bill’s two critical programs providing medical treatment and compensation are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie: Who Is Gabby Petito's Fiancé, And What Do We Know About Him?
Lower Manhattan resident Mariama James’ three children developed 9/11 related breathing problems.
“At one point every single month, all three of them, co-payments times three, prescriptions times three and it’s been close to 14 years of that,” she told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.