Daily News 9/11/18: Cuomo Calls For Expansion of 9/11 Victims’ Fund

Gov. Cuomo calls on expansion of 9/11 victims fund amid concerns money could run out

Gov. Cuomo calls on expansion of 9/11 victims fund amid concerns money could run out
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wants an expansion of the 9/11 Victim’s Fund. (Michael Dabin / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Gov. Cuomo called for a renewal and expansion of the 9/11 Victims Fund Monday following a Daily News report revealing that money meant to compensate people impacted by the terror attacks could run out sooner than expected.

“Some are suggesting that we dilute compensation to the next rounds of applicants due to diminution of funding. That is exactly the wrong approach. All are equally heroes to the nation, and all should be equally and fully funded,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“While significant funding is still available, it is critical that full funding is available for all who need it in the years to come, and I call on Congress to renew and expand the program. In New York, we will always stand with the victims of the attacks, and I will work with the New York delegation to lead the effort in ensuring that everyone receives the fair and ample compensation they deserve.”

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Daily News 9/11/18: Congress Must Continue 9/11 Victims’ Aid

What we owe them now: Congress must continue 9/11 victims’ aid

What we owe them now: Congress must continue 9/11 victims' aid
Help them (Kris Connor For New York Daily News)

Not for a moment should anyone sick from exposure to the toxic stew at the World Trade Center on and following 9/11 have to worry about whether aid will be there for them.

But with $4.2 billion already spent on awards out of a $7.3 billion fund and more than 600 new claims filed a month, it’s almost certain that the vital WTC Victims Compensation Fund will run dry before all in need get aid — including an unknown number of recovery workers and others bound to eventually develop an insidious form of lung cancer that takes decades to appear.

 

Congress cannot, must not, leave those who worked under grueling conditions to seek survivors and recover remains at Ground Zero — who heeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s assurances at the time that airborne toxins posed no threat to health — to wither for want of will to see aid through until the job is done.

Nor should residents, workers and students whose world turned disaster zone be denied any rationed help they need now and into the future.

 

Ailing first responders hauled down to the Capitol repeatedly for more than a year urging renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It lapsed for months before Congress finally approved a five-year expansion at the end of 2015.

That can’t happen again. Well before the funds fall short, Congress needs to step up and make sure funding for victims’ compensation and health care remains in full force.

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Newsday 9/10/18: There is Still Help for Those Who Helped After 9/11

Opinion/Editorial

There’s help for those who helped on 9/11

Fewer than 1,000 federal agents and other employees who worked at Ground Zero or whose offices were in the federal buildings that dot lower Manhattan have registered with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
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The “Tribute in Light” rises above the skyline of lower Manhattan (pictured here from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade) for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

 

Among the police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who rushed to the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, were thousands of others who responded.

That includes about 3,500 federal law enforcement officers, such as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, U.S. marshals and others. In the months that followed, thousands more federal workers helped at the smoldering pile and the surrounding area.

Since the terror attack, 15 FBI agents have died of 9/11-related illnesses. Three of them died since March.

And yet, fewer than 1,000 federal agents and other employees who worked at Ground Zero or whose offices were in the federal buildings that dot lower Manhattan have registered with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

USA Today 9/6/18: Deaths from Aftermath of 9/11 Will Soon Outnumber Deaths that Day

Deaths from 9/11 diseases will soon outnumber those lost on that fateful day

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Seventeen years out from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, nearly 10,000 first responders and others who were in the World Trade Center area have been diagnosed with cancer. More than 2,000 deaths have been attributed to 9/11 illnesses.

It will get worse. By the end of 2018, many expect that more people will have died from their toxic exposure from 9/11 than were killed on that terrible Tuesday.

“We’re nervous,” said Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai.

Robert Reeg of Stony Point, New York, knows the feeling. The retired Fire Department of New York firefighter was seriously injured in the South Tower collapse. In the last 17 years, he’s seen fellow first responders who survived the attacks fall victim to the illnesses caused by the contaminants that were spewed all over.

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NPR News 9/5/18: 9/11 Survivors Lobby for Reauthorization of the Victim Compensation Fund

9/11 Survivors Lobby To Reauthorize Victim Compensation Fund

Sep 5, 2018

9/11 responders and survivors will meet with FBI Director Christopher Wray at a public forum on Friday to discuss the fund that compensates those diagnosed with illnesses related to the attacks.

John Feal, a 9/11 survivor and panel participant, runs the Feal Good Foundation, an advocacy group for people with 9/11-related illnesses.

“These men in women, uniform or non-uniform, across the country or here in New York, they’re not making it up. They’re sick from their heroic actions or just living and working in the downtown area.”

At least a thousand people have died and almost 40,000 people have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses. Congress established the Victim Compensation Fund in 2001 to help them. It closed in 2004, but was reauthorized in 2011. Authorization is set to expire in 2020.

The Victims Compensation Fund has paid more than $4 billion to first responders, recovery workers and residents.

“These men in women, uniform or non-uniform, across the country or here in New York, they’re not making it up. They’re sick from their heroic actions or just living and working in the downtown area.”

At least a thousand people have died and almost 40,000 people have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses. Congress established the Victim Compensation Fund in 2001 to help them. It closed in 2004, but was reauthorized in 2011. Authorization is set to expire in 2020.

The Victims Compensation Fund has paid more than $4 billion to first responders, recovery workers and residents.

Preserve Ramapo 8/29/18: Julie Goldberg for NYS Senator in Rockland County

Julie Goldberg for State Senate–Sept 13 Primary

Hello Folks,

The September 13th primary is rapidly approaching and you can be sure that we will be making candidate endorsements across the political spectrum for all of the different parties holding electoral contests on that day.

For now, however, we want to draw your attention to the Democratic Primary for State Senate in the 38th district, which includes most of Rockland and a small piece of Westchester.

We strongly endorse Julie Goldberg for state senate in the 38th District. Her website is www.juliefornysenate.com Please check it out and join the energy and excitement of her campaign.

Julie Goldberg has the integrity, the intellect, and the resume so necessary to be our champion in Albany. As an educator, activist, and working mother of two sons, Julie’s life experience gives her the insight so critical to be an effective state senator fighting for the issues that really matter to us.

Preserve Ramapo has no intention of endorsing David Carlucci, in the general election.

Carlucci, is an effective campaigner, but cannot be trusted. He makes believe he is a progressive Democrat, but he has not been a reliable supporter of public education. Behind the scenes he supports the large developers who have done so much to destroy responsible housing in Ramapo.

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Lohud 9/5/18: Goldberg v. Carlucci in Rockland County NY Primary Contest

Carlucci-Goldberg primary: Candidates vying for Democratic mantle answer six questions

State Sen. David Carlucci, a well-financed New City incumbent, faces an aggressive grassroots challenge by educator Julie Goldberg of Chestnut Ridge for the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 13 primary.

The county’s other Democratic Party primary is for the Spring Valley Board of Trustees between Zach Clerina and Yisroel Eisenbach.

In Suffern, Republicans Gina Bertolino, James Russo, and former Mayor James Giannettino are vying for two Board of Trustee seat in Novembers. For justice, Vincent Altieri and Justice Ernest Buonocore are seeking Democratic, Republican, Conservative and five other parties’ ballot spots.

The state moved the primary to Thursday, from its usual second Tuesday in September, because of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

The Carlucci-Goldberg matchup tops the primary list in Rockland for District 38, which encompasses Rockland except for Stony Point and part of Haverstraw. and Ossining in Westchester County. Former Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef awaits as the Republican candidate in the Nov. 6 election.

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