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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.…

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.…

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.…

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

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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.…

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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Plight of the 9/11 Responders

by Jon Gold

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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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

Hurdles Still Remain for Ground Zero Settlement

By Mireya Navarro
New York Times

Sgt. Dawn Sorrento says she looks on the years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a blur of doctor’s visits, ambushes by illnesses she had never heard of and growing resentment toward the city that challenged her injury claims.

[RELATED: Ground Zero Workers Reach Deal Over Claims (March 12, 2010)]

Yet on Friday, Sergeant Sorrento, a police officer who is among some 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers at ground zero who sued the city for health damages, felt a grim sort of satisfaction.…

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Judge Rejects 9/11 Health Settlement

Orders Renegotiation of Settlement for People Sickened by Dust from
World Trade Center; Says $657M Insufficient

March 19, 2010
CBSNews.com

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal settlement of more than a half-billion
dollars for people sickened by ash and dust from the World Trade Center, saying
the deal to compensate 10,000 police officers, firefighters and other laborers
didn’t contain enough money for the workers.



“In my judgment, this settlement is not enough,” said U.S.…

Aftermath of 9/11: Study Shows Firefighters’ Breathing Problems Never Went Away

Study Finds Rescue Workers from Sept. 11 Had Lung Problems Seven Years Later

By Lauren Cox,
ABC News Medical Unit
April 7, 2010
ABCNews.go.com

More than seven years after the terrorist
attacks
of Sept. 11, 2001, rescue workers still had trouble breathing after
they inhaled from the cloud of dust that enveloped southern Manhattan, a new
study concludes.

[See video available at source, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Asthma/firefighters-911-lung-problems-study-finds/story?id=10313156
, “Study shows no recovery for 9/11 rescue workers who suffered acute lung damage”.…

Just Like 9/11? Oil Spill Responders Are Getting Sick … But Are Being Told They Don’t Need Any Safety Gear

May 19, 2010
Washingtonsblog.com

The U.S. government suppressed health information after 9/11. For example, as Newsday noted in 2003:

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, the White House instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to give the public misleading information, telling New Yorkers it was safe to breathe when reliable information on air quality was not available.

That finding is included in a report released Friday by the Office of the Inspector General of the EPA.

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Local pols push 9/11 health care bill through committee

By Meghan Neal
Downtown Express – Volume 23, Number 3 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | May 28 – June 3, 2010

Image of Maloney, Nadler & First Responders Gather at Ground Zero U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney and Jerry Nadler gathered with 9/11 first responders at Ground Zero last Sunday. Photo courtesy of US Rep. Maloney’s office

U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney and Jerry Nadler paid a visit to ground zero on Sunday to highlight a 9/11 health care bill that has been dragging through Congress for nearly nine years.…

Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, bill to help responders, may die

BY Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
July 28, 2010
NewYorkDailyNews.com”

WASHINGTON – The House votes Wednesday or Thursday for the first time ever on a bill to care for the heroes and victims of Sept. 11, 2001 – and it’s likely to fail.

That’s because Democratic House leaders decided Tuesday to push ahead with the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act under a rule that requires two-thirds approval to pass.

Many Republicans are concerned about the $10.5 billion price tag, and many don’t like the way it’s paid for.…

Rep. Weiner blasts GOP foes of 9/11 workers’ health fund

by Brett Michael Dykes
July 30, 2010

New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is plainly fired up and ready to go. In a losing battle to secure passage of a bill to fund health care and compensation for ill 9/11 rescue workers, he unleashed a tirade against what he called unprincipled GOP opponents of the measure. Watch his outburst, which concluded in him smashing down the House rostrum microphone:

The House voted down the bill, which would have provided $3.2 billion over the next 10 years to fund free health care for 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who have fallen ill from toxic smoke and debris they breathed at the World Trade Center site.…

Exclusive footage: 9/11 responders demand justice

August 06, 2010
RTAmerica

RT filmed this emotional footage of 9/11 first responders pouring their hearts out at a speech just blocks away from where the twin towers fell. The rally was in response to Congress defeating a federal bill that would have provided billions of dollars in health care for those sickened by toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers Sept. 11, 2001.

 

Editor’s Note: Politicians of all stripes used the first responders for photo ops and political pandering.…
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