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As we come up on the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a press conference will be held at Ground Zero on September 8, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.  All first responders, survivors and union leaders are invited to attend and rally in a fight to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  The press conference will be facilitated by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Jerrold Nader and Rep. Peter King on this very important issue. Both the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program are scheduled to expire in October, 2016.  Senator Gilliabrand and other advocates want to see the Zadroga Act extended until 2041.

Even after 13 years, many are just now being diagnosed 9/11 related illnesses. The most concerning is the amount of cancer cases that have been surfacing among responders and survivors recently. Many will still need care for their 9/11 related illnesses way after the program expires. For example, many 9/11 cancers may not be diagnosed until after 2016. This is just one of the reasons why it needs to continue. First Responders and survivors should be able to have monitoring and care of their 9/11 related cancer and other illnesses throughout their lifetime.

Turley, Hansen & Partners fully supports the extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  Attorney Troy Rosasco says, ““I applaud our local elected officials who are introducing this bill to ensure that the 9/11 heroes who were exposed to these airborne toxins at the Ground Zero site and became ill as a result of that exposure will continue to receive the medical treatment and financial compensation that they deserve beyond 2016. Every week another Ground Zero worker is diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer.  We all have a moral obligation to protect these selfless heroes who are sick now or will become sick in the future”.

 

Angela Luongo, a Paralegal with Turley, Hansen & Partners contributed to the writing of this post.