Help ’em out! Officials pressuring mayor to approve unlimited sick leave for all city employees with 9/11 illnesses
City officials are joining a growing chorus demanding Mayor de Blasio approve unlimited sick time for all city employees who helped in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero — and are now paying for it with their lives.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer penned a letter to the mayor Friday, demanding he “implement a city-wide policy to allow sick leave for employees in all city job classifications who are sick from 9/11-certified conditions and need time off to see doctors and recover from their illnesses.”
While police, firefighters, correction officers and sanitation workers have been granted unlimited sick leave if they come down with an illness linked to their time at Ground Zero, some 4,000 other city employees — paramedics, emergency medical technicians, traffic agents and tow truck operators among them — do not have that option.