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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Power of Ten Report 9/10/18: Update on Cuomo’s Dealings with Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi, NYS Primary Vote & Rockland County District Candidates

Power of Ten reported the following on Sept. 10/18 about news affecting East Ramapo:

Power of Ten Update
In This Issue:
1. Promises, Promises
2. Vote Thursday September 13
3. Local Election Information

1) Promises, Promises

According to reports in ultra-Orthodox media, Governor Cuomo promised the Satmar Rebbe in Brooklyn that he “would not interfere” in matters of education in the ultra-Orthodox sector, in return for the support of the Rebbe.

Power of Ten Readers will remember that earlier this year, Governor Cuomo did weaken educational standards at the request of the ultra-Orthodox.

However, his spokesperson would not confirm or deny whether Cuomo made the comments to the Grand Rebbe, and the Governor told Politico that he has no direct role in oversight and he is sure NY will fully enforce the education law for all schools.

The only logical conclusion is that either:

A) The ultra-Orthodox media is misrepresenting what Gov. Cuomo said,  Or

B) Gov. Cuomo is misrepresenting what Gov. Cuomo said.

All of this begs the question “Why would any elected official meet privately with a group that advocates for the educational neglect of children?”

2) Vote Thursday September 13

NY State Primary Election Day is Thursday September 13.

The issues in Albany that directly effect the educational experience of our children are: Funding and Oversight.

On both of these issues, the Democratic-led Assembly has delivered. They have passed bills which fully fund education and they passed the bill for a Monitor with Veto Power for East Ramapo. Assembly members Jaffee and Zebrowski were tireless in their advocacy for our issues.

On both issues, the Republican-led Senate has not delivered. Their funding bills have failed to meet the court ordered funding amounts and they failed to pass the bill for a Monitor with Veto Power for East Ramapo. Complicating matters in the Senate, Democratic Senator Felder and the “Independent Democratic Caucus” (IDC), which includes our own Senator Carlucci, have not supported the Democratic leadership’s version of the funding bills.

On both issues Governor Cuomo has not delivered. He has failed to fully fund and he has weakened educational standards.

Voting by itself is not enough, but it is an essential part of our struggle for Justice in East Ramapo. Power yields nothing without demand. Thursday’s trip to the voting booth is a chance for each of us to say “I am here, I matter, I will not be invisible.”

3) Local Election Information

The most hotly contested race is for NY Senate District 38, where Julie Goldberg is the challenger to incumbent David Carlucci.

There is a lot of good information on local elections from local media sources.

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

Preserve Ramapo: Julie Goldberg for State Senate-Sept 13 Primary

Williamsburg Patch 9/4/18: Cuomo Wins Endorsement of Grand Rebbe by Promising Not to Interfere with Schools

Gov Wins Endorsement By Promising To Leave Yeshivas Alone: Report

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Governor Andrew Cuomo earned the endorsement of a powerful Hasidic community leader last week after he promised not to interfere with Yeshiva schools that are currently at the center of a controversial city investigation, according to multiple reports.

Gov. Cuomo assured Satmar grand rebbe Zalman Teitelbaum that “he would not interfere in Yeshiva education” when the pair met in Brooklyn on Thursday night, Yeshiva World and Hebrew-language blog BeChadrei Chareidim first reported.

The governor’s reported promise came about two weeks after the New York City schools chancellor said city investigators had failed to gain entry into 15 of 30 Orthodox schools to look into accusations, levied by the Young Advocates For A Fair Education, that secular subjects such as English and math were not being taught.

The meeting with Tietelbaum, leader of two large Hasidic congregations in Williamsburg and Queens, also came two weeks before the gubernatorial primary, in which Cuomo is slated to face off against challenger Cynthia Nixon.

Gothamist noted that the endorsement was a win for Cuomo, as Brooklyn’s Hasidic communities tend to vote as a bloc and wield strong political power in New York.

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Daily News 8/30/18: Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Sought to Cap Payouts to 9/11 Victims

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims’ families at $500G

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims' families at $500G
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while serving as White House counsel to President George W. Bush, proposed a $500,000 cap on 9/11 payouts. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh wanted to cap the amount victims of 9/11 and their family members could receive from the federal government at $500,000, records obtained by the Daily News show.

Kavanaugh, who served as associate White House Counsel during President George W. Bush’s administration, sought to limit the federal government’s liability following the terrorist attacks.  Pushback from Sen. Chuck Schumer and other federal lawmakers squashed that proposal.

 

As Congress was debating the parameters of the fund, Kavanaugh wrote to Bush aide Kristen Silverberg on Oct. 14, 2001, that questions were being raised about “3 aspects of our proposal” including a “$500,000 cap.”

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