de Blasio inks bill to help more victims suffering from 9/11
Many responders included non-uniformed
workers who joined in the search
for survivors. Many people who worked
at the World Trade Center after the attacks
developed illnesses, including asthma and
much worse including cancer. Many of
these illnesses have been linked to toxins
from the crushed debris of the buildings.
Some of these unsung heroes include
Sanitation workers, jail guards, parks workers,
and many heavy equipment operators
from a variety of agencies.
The legislation is expected to cost about
$511,000 this year and $1.3 million in the
next, according to the mayor’s office.
The bill does not replace the Federal
Zadroga Act that was recently extended by
Congress for an additional year, allowing
those exposed to sign up for compensation
to help cover illnesses and future illnesses
that have not yet shown up.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a
bill giving public-sector workers pension
and health benefits who got sick from
working at the World Trade Center.
Many first responders continue to suffer
the effects of exposure at the site, many
of whom have since died from cancer attributed
to their exposure to toxins during
rescue and recovery operations.
This was the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade
Center that killed thousands. People who worked there during rescue
and recovery are still getting sick and dying from exposure to toxins.
employees who die from a non-9/11-related
injury that is or was the natural and proximate
result of an accident sustained while
in the performance of duty, and 3) retired
uniformed correction officers and uniformed
sanitation workers who die while
in retirement as a result of a 9/11-related
illness. Under current law, survivor health
benefits are provided if death occurs while
in active service.
PHOTO BY TODD MAISEL
The law takes effect immediately, but only
covers future medical expenses, not those
that have already been incurred. Children of
the workers are covered to age 19, or to age
26 while enrolled in college in a full-time
undergraduate or graduate program.
There are 85 eligible families, and the
list could grow to about 5,000, de Blasio
said. Miller said the higher number could
include workers who sustained 9-11 related
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BY TODD MAISEL
The mayor signed a bill last week
that will extend governmentfunded
health care to families of
all municipal workers, not just firefighters
and police, who died in the line of duty or
from 9/11-related diseases.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Intro 1785
on Feb. 11 to cover municipal workers’
immediate family members, such as wives,
domestic partners and their children.
“The families of city employees who
make the ultimate sacrifice deserve to be
taken care of by our city, now and always,”
said de Blasio. “In that same vein, to protect
our most vulnerable, we are taking a
Vision Zero approach to lead and making
lead exposure a thing of the past. Together,
these bills will make the city fairer for the
families of our heroes and for the youngest
Intro. 1785, sponsored by Council
Member I. Daneek Miller and introduced
at the request of Mayor de Blasio, extends
healthcare benefits to surviving family
members of the following employees: 1)
civilian employees who die in the line of
duty as a result of a 9/11-related illness,
regardless of whether death occurred while
in active service or in retirement, 2) civilian
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