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New York Agrees World Trade Center 9/11 Dust Payout

March 12, 2010
bbc.co.uk

New York City officials have agreed to pay up to 657.5m US dollars
(437m sterling) to thousands of rescue and clean-up workers after 9/11.

The settlement would compensate more than 10,000 plaintiffs who say they were
made sick by dust at the Ground Zero site of the attacks.

At least 95% of the plaintiffs must approve the deal for it to take effect.

The money would come from a federally financed insurance fund of almost $1bn
that the city controls.…

As Ground Zero cases go to trial, respirator rule is revealed

February 28, 2010
by Alison Gendar
New York Daily News

A lawyer in two Ground Zero sickness cases green-lighted for trial says he has a smoking gun: buried city documents that prove firefighters should have gotten respirators.

The papers emerged in a veritable mountain of files the city turned over to workers who believe they were sickened by toxins after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Lawyer Andrew Carboy, whose firm represents more than 600 firefighters, said the FDNY had rules on the book requiring Bravest be equipped with respirators before Sept.…

Team Obama to double budget for treating 9/11 responders in an amazing same-day U-turn

By Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
January 28, 2010

NYDailyNews.com

WASHINGTON – The White House revealed Thursday night it boosted funding for ailing 9/11 responders – pumping more money into the treatment program than ever before.

Team Obama disclosed the cash only after outraging New York lawmakers with the news that the administration won’t back a permanent plan to help the dying Ground Zero responders.

The White House confirmed it will more than double the budget for treating ill responders to $150 million in 2011.…

Obama Admin. Opposes 9/11 Health Funding

By Michael McAuliff
January 28, 2010
NYDailyNews.com

The Obama administration stunned New York’s delegation yesterday, dropping
the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.

The state’s two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored
in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government
that delivers on its promises to the American people.…

Plight of the 9/11 Responders

by Jon Gold

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9/11 Hero Dies of Cancer on Christmas Day – FDNY says cancer was 9/11-related

December 26, 2009
Daily News
NBCNewYork.com

9/11 First Responder Jim Ryan

A Sept. 11 hero died of cancer on Christmas Day. Jim Ryan was on the front lines during 9/11, a firefighter who spent many weeks rummaging through the destruction that encompassed Ground Zero, only to succumb to pancreatic cancer, according to a report.

The fire department confirms that his sickness was 9/11-related. And now his family — his three children, wife and all the people who loved him — mourn the death of a hero.…

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Your Support Needed for First Responders Bill

Bring Bill HR 847: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to the floor of Congress for a Vote Now

Sign the petition!

To: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms. Nancy Pelosi & All Congressional Representatives

We the undersigned urge Speaker of the House, Ms. Nancy Pelosi, to immediately commit to a firm date for bill HR 847: the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 to be on the floor of the House of Representatives, for a vote.…

Thousands of 9/11 workers can now sue over illnesses

September 29, 2009
By MICHAEL AMON
Newsday.com

Firefighters make their way through
Photo credit: AP File | Firefighters make their way through rubble after terrorists crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center. (Sept. 11, 2001)

Thousands of sickened 9/11 recovery workers whose legal claims have been barred because of missed deadlines can now join a massive group suing New York City under a law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson, officials said.

The law immediately allows more than 3,000 Ground Zero workers to revive lawsuits that were thrown out by a federal judge in July on the technical ground that they were not filed within 90 days of the workers’ conditions being diagnosed.…

One year after Sept. 11 responders’ plea for help, White House responds with thank you card

By Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
NYDailyNews.com

Friday, September 11th 2009, 3:15 PM

[See also, at NY Daily News: Lest
we Forget: Victims of 9/11
” On the anniversary of Sept. 11, a look
back at those who were lost.]


Photo NYDaily News: Jennifer McNamara at funeral for her husband
firefighter
and Sept. 11 responder John McNamara last month.

WASHINGTON – A group of Sept. 11 responders finally got an answer from the White House to their plea for help: a thank you card.…

Eight Years After 9/11, Ground Zero Volunteer Dying of Lung Disease is One of Many Still Fighting for Justice

September 11/2009
Democracy.org

Today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, with vigils being held to remember
the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. We look at a group of victims
that are often forgotten in the September 11 narrative: the thousands of rescue
workers who became sick after being exposed to contaminants at Ground Zero.
Hundreds have died. We speak to Joe Picurro, a New Jersey ironworker who worked
as a volunteer on the pile for twenty-eight days.…

9/11/09 Money Bomb for 9/11 First Responders

by Luke Rudkowski
WeAreChange.org

Heroes sacrifice it all for the greater good of everyone around them that is at risk, regardless of what they believe is going to happen to them. On September 11th 2001, rescue workers from the New York Fire Department, Police Department and National Guard, amongst many others, put it all on the line. Many were lost.

Many we’re losing now.

“Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” –Abraham Lincoln.

House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2009

Contacts: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), 212-860-0606
Ilan Kayatsky (Nadler), 212-367-7350
Lauren Amendolara (McMahon), 202-225-8420

House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care

Washington, D.C. — Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler
(D-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) today applauded the House passage of $70,723,000
in funding for the World Trade Center Health Programs for Fiscal Year 2010.
The funding was included in the FY2010 Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations
Bill, which passed the House today.…

HR 847 Comprehensive 9/11 Health Legislation to Be Introduced in Senate

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER, LAUTENBERG, MENENDEZ TO INTRODUCE JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH
AND COMPENSATION ACT IN THE U.S. SENATE

First Time Comprehensive 9/11 Health Legislation Will Be Introduced
In Senate

Mayor Bloomberg and Representatives Maloney, Nadler, King, and McMahon to Join
Gillibrand to Help Provide Treatment for Community Members, First Responders
Suffering From 9/11-Related Health Effects

Joseph Zadroga, Fire Lt. Marty Fullam, Others Affected by Rescue and Clean-Up
Efforts to Tell Their Stories

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be joined by
Senators Charles E.…

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9/11 heroes may get health care cuts while hospital fights government

By Stephanie Gaskell
Daily News Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 16th 2009
New York Daily News.com

Nearly 2,000 sick 9/11 first responders could be left without medical care
while a New Jersey hospital battles with the federal government for more money,
the Daily News has learned.

The Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute at the Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School in ., says it expects to run out of federal funding
next month.

It has requested more money, but the Office of Management and Budget in Washington
has disputed the hospital is broke.…

A Tribute To John Feal

by Jon Gold
April 1, 2009
911blogger.com

Yesterday, John Feal, along with several other 9/11 First Responders went down to Washington D.C. to attend the hearing on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Act. From what I understand, he was singled out by the Congressmen, and applauded for his efforts. I want to say congratulations John. Just to give people an idea of how much you’ve fought for the responders, here’s a little tribute to you (that barely covers your fight).…

Update on 9/11 Responders Bill–Two articles, two assessments

Pols: 9/11 workers likely to get health help

BY Tom Brune
March 31, 2009
Newsday.com

WASHINGTON — Sponsors of a bill to compensate and cover health care costs
of ailing 9/11 responders and recovery workers predicted Tuesday the House would
pass the long-pending legislation this year.

New York Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, of Manhattan,
key sponsors of the measure, said the bill’s ultimate fate lies in the Senate,
where Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has promised to introduce a companion bill.…

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5-minute Phone Call for Responders Needed Today

On February 11, 2009, 911truth.org posted notice "9/11 Health Bill Reintroduced
in Congress–CALL NOW
," including this intro:

Rep. Maloney has posted a very useful link at her House website: World
Trade Center Health Registry–Number of Registrants by State and Congressional
District
based on June 2007 current addresses. When you call your Representative
to ask him/her to cosponsor H.R. 847, you might mention the number of first
responders from your district, and your state, listed on the Health Registry.

9/11 Health Bill Reintroduced in Congress–CALL NOW

 

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2009

Contacts: Jon Houston (Maloney), 202-225-7944
Ilan Kayatsky (Nadler), 212-367-7350
Carol Danko (King), 202-225-7896
Lauren Amendolara (McMahon), 202-225-8420

Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to address the health crisis caused by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. H.R. 847, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, would provide medical monitoring and treatment for those exposed to toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.…

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