Urge Passage of Critical Health and Compensation Measure
Yonkers, NY, September 21, 2010 — Assemblyman Mike Spano (D,C,WF-Yonkers) joined with emergency responders who put their lives in danger and sacrificed their health during the tragic events of 9/11 to urge the federal government to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (H.R. 847, S.1334).
“We were all affected by the tragic events of September 11th,” Spano said. “But these heroes who rushed to ground zero are now suffering greatly from their brave, unselfish acts. We can’t stand by and let them be left without access to the benefits they deserve.”
The $7.4 billion legislation – that would extend and improve the protections and services to individuals whose health was directly impacted by the tragic events of Sept. 11 – was originally scheduled for a vote in Congress sometime this week, but now appears to be delayed.
Spano has a history of backing state legislation to aid 9/11 emergency responders. He sponsored and passed into law Jimmy Nolan’s Law (Ch. 440, 2010) – named after Yonkers 9/11 responder Jimmy Nolan – which extends the time that 9/11 workers can file a workers’ compensation claim for injuries suffered during the recovery and cleanup of the World Trade Center site because many of their illnesses didn’t come to light immediately. However Spano says thousands of responders, many of whom are Yonkers residents, continue to battle health and financial problems, and is now calling on the federal government to pass critical 9/11 legislation to provide them with the additional assistance they need.
“Jimmy Nolan’s law has allowed thousands of New York ’s emergency responders whose health was directly impacted by their work at ground zero to get the help they deserve, but many, like Jimmy Nolan, continue to suffer and require further assistance,” Spano said.
“The federal government continues to delay the passage of this critical legislation which would provide our 9/11 responders with the additional assistance they deserve for their tremendous sacrifice. I stand here beside those who put their lives on the line to protect us, in calling on Congress to put politics aside and do what’s right by passing this bill into law today. This is an issue of protecting the well-being of those who selflessly came to the rescue of our citizens in our darkest hours and we need to do everything we can to show these brave men and women, and their families, that our appreciation for their sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Spano said