for breaking news visit www.couriersun.com july 11, 2013 • The CourieR SUN 19 oped street talk IDENTIFY THIS PLACE To find out the answer to last week’s What will the MLB All-Star Game bring to Queens? It’ll probably bring in more revenue and allaround summertime fun. Gloria Lim BY JOHANN HAMILTON I think the All-Star Game will bring lots of business to local stores in the area, which is definitely good. Jack Brown It’ll give Queens residents something to bond over, and it’ll increase tourism. It’s also a great way for Queens to get noticed. Jenny Leung I believe that the All- Star Game coming to Queens is really going to help get some traffic into the local areas and boost morale for people here. Malcolm Brown I think it’ll get Queens some needed recognition, as well as bring in more people and money. Angel Casio The game might bring New Yorkers from the other boroughs to a different part of the city where they might not have gone otherwise. Laurel Tiedemann Looking at it from a financial perspective I hope it will bring a bump in revenue for local businesses. Hotels in Queens may see an increase in people. Sheridan Honore “Identify this place” please visit www.QueensCourier.com I think it’ll boost the economy here in Queens, which is a positive thing. Nathan Perkel TIME IS RUNNING OUT October 3 deadline for sick 9/11 First Responders and survivors BY CONGRE SSMEMBER CARO LYN MALONEY The horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11 affected all of us, but survivors and the brave First R e s p o n d e r s , many of whom risked everything to provide emergency aid, have suffered incomparable health problems and financial loss in the years following this awful tragedy. Recognizing that many of the victims of 9/11 continued to suffer in the aftermath of the attacks, I, and a number of my colleagues in the New York congressional delegation, authored the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Zadroga Act provides health care and economic compensation to first responders and survivors. However, time is running out to apply for economic benefits under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). If you are a 9/11 survivor or First Responder and discovered as of October 3, 2011 that you have an injury or became sick as a result of the 9/11 attacks, you MUST register for economic compensation by October 3, 2013. If you lost a loved one, compensation may also available to the family members of First Responders and survivors. You can find out more information about the VCF and apply by visiting www.vcf.gov. Research has shown that First Responders and survivors who were exposed to dangerous toxins that entered the air at Ground Zero have significantly higher cancer risks, respiratory problems and other medical concerns. While the World Trade Center Health Program portion of the Zadroga Act provides health coverage for eligible first responders and survivors – and recently coverage was extended to additional types of cancer that have been linked to toxins from Ground Zero – there are likely many out there who are eligible for economic compensation as a result of lost productivity, pain and suffering, etc. That is where the VCF comes in. My New York Congressional colleagues and I worked hard to pass the Zadroga Act and will continue to fight for strong funding. I encourage anyone who became sick or injured as a result of the 9/11 attacks and suffered economic losses to apply for compensation. Please don’t wait. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney represents New York’s 12th District, which includes Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.
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