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New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

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NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act


New York City Council members have joined in the fight to ensure that the firefighters and rescuers of September 11, 2001 are never forgotten by pushing for the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act.

The council members are joining the effort to introduce a resolution that calls for Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga Act. The primary sponsor and co-sponsor for the effort are Councilwoman Margaret Chin (Democrat – Manhattan) and Melissa Mark-Viverito (Democrat – Manhattan/Bronx) respectively, along with two other members.

“Many of our brave first responders and survivors still live with debilitating physical and mental health complications from their heroic work at Ground Zero and long-term exposure to toxins in the aftermath,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement viewed by SILive.com.

The Zadroga Act authorized The World Trade Center Health Program and the re-opened September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Thousands of rescuers and volunteers who were at the World Trade Center on September 11th and in the months following the nation’s biggest terrorist attack have developed serious health conditions, including respiratory illnesses and cancer, as a result of being exposed to toxic dust released by the collapse of the twin towers. The WTC Health Program provides medical treatment and monitoring for people injured and sickened on 9/11 and the VCF provides compensation to those who developed eligible conditions as a result of this exposure.

The WTC Health Program is due to expire next October and the VCF fund is scheduled to expire in 2016. Reauthorizing the Zadroga Act would allow both the health program and the fund to continue for another 25 years, through 2041. The WTC Health Program serves 70,000 survivors in every state and in 429 of the 435 Congressional districts across the country. In the past year alone, more than 20,000 received assistance through the program, which studies and treats more than 50 types of cancer.

Medical researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have identified more than 60 types of cancer caused by the toxic dust spewed from the WTC. More than 2,900 people have been diagnosed with these cancers that were caused by or worsened since the attacks, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) viewed by SILive.com shows, including 800 fire department members and 550 police personnel. More than 70 firefighters and 60 police officers have died from these illnesses, SILive.com reported.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act was posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 3:41 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits, Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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