2007-10-12 / Community

New 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Approved

The new 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was approved by the New York City Council's Civil Service and Labor Committee, chaired by Joseph Addabbo.

The legislation, named after dceased Police Detective James Zadroga, is sponsored by U.S. Congressional Representatives Jerrald Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Vito Fossella, and would provide rescuers, community residents, area workers and school children with rights to medical monitoring and treatment for the effects of exposure.

James Zadroga was a New York City Police Detective who was the first policeman to die as a direct result of exposure to Ground Zero. The thirtyfour year-old Zadroga passed away in January 2005, leaving behind a fouryear old daughter.

"Finally, we have federal legislation to cover all individuals, including over 100,000 rescue workers exposed to Ground Zero toxins," said Addabbo. "Passage of the legislation will mean that many who are ill will have the right to treatment."

The Bloomberg administration also concurred in supporting the Zadroga Bill, which reopens the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (which provides money for economic damages) and expands the role of Clinical Centers of Excellence (Fire Department, Mt. Sinai Hospital and affiliates, and Bellevue Hospital) who specialize in treatment of responders.

"The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, along with Senator Hillary Clinton's legislation calling for $1.9 billion funding for monitoring and treatment of 9/11 victims, are necessary first steps in giving the duly owed attention to those affected and rightfully recognizes the September 11 tragedy not only as a city tragedy, but a national tragedy," said Addabbo.

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