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    Leading New York attorney, Michael Block, Esq. a New York fire fighter litigation lawyer from the law firm of - Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. says that New York City’s position is an insult to the men and women who got the job done during the time when we all needed them most. Manhattan, New York (NewYorkInjuryNews.com-Press Report) — New York City has taken the position that the City and the contractors who were in charge of the clean-up are immune to lawsuits filed by workers that claimed that they’ve contracted respiratory illnesses during the cleanup at the World Trade Center site. They claim that laws enacted during the height of the cold war with the Soviet Union give them absolute protection against liability claims, amongst other claims of immunity.That position is an insult to the men and women who got the job done during the time when we all needed them most. Although the United States District Court assigned to this case wanted to let pre-trial proceedings get underway, the City and the contractors obtained a stay of all litigation from an appeals court until it rules on their claim that they have absolute governmental immunity. What is most frustrating is that the City is holding captive a $1 billion insurance fund that was established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as liability protection for the city. Amazingly, the city has not settled any claims for any of the workers. Instead, this money is being used to pay attorney fees to lawyers for the city and its contractors who still deny that there might be a connection between the lung damage and the other diseases that so many of the workers are now suffering from after having been exposed to so many toxins while working at ground zero. The City continues to talk out of two sides of its mouth: In the courtroom, it argues that the Fund was not intended to be a pile of money waiting to be distributed to the workers. In front of the media, the City spins things to create an impression that it has only the victims and the health of our citizens in mind.

    Contributor: Michael Block, Esq. - New York Fire Fighter Litigation Attorney - Mr. Block has been general counsel to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the 8,000 plus member labor union representing New York City firefighters

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    Thank You...NEVER FORGET
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    NY Daily News -- Death of 9/11/01 Firefighter Jim Ryan
    They didn't find that out until early Christmas morning 2009, eight years later, when the firefighter's lungs finally overfilled with fluids, the side-effects of pancreatic cancer inflicted on him by the toxic dust he swallowed in hundreds of hours at WTC Ground Zero.

    Ryan answered the call of duty on 9/11/01, then went beyond, returning to the blasted ground for months. First, he hunted survivors, then victims, then just fragments of people - his FDNY brothers among them - whose lives and bodies were shattered that day.

    He didn't realize how his own life was being shattered. Officials said the air was safe. He got cancer in 2006 that the Fire Department said came from the poison rubble. He beat it once. He couldn't beat it a second time, as a 48-year-old father of three.

    On Christmas Eve, he tried to be himself, optimistic, helping with the morning dishes in his Kings Park, L.I., home as if he were not dying. By then, though, he had been off his cancer treatments since November because they no longer worked.

    "That's just the way he is," his wife, Magda, said Christmas night, hours after her husband lost his final struggle.

    That's the way most real heroes are, but there were no national headlines the next day mourning a hero firefighter's death, the way there were on Sept. 12, 2001, when 343 of Ryan's brethren met their ends.

    The news yesterday was instead full of a botched airline terror attempt.

    According to the reports, a young Nigerian man on a plane landing in Detroit had attempted to set ablaze chemicals taped to his leg. He burned himself, and achieved an effect like popping firecrackers before a passenger tackled him.

    A flash and some smoke and some fear, and the whole world cared.

    The suspected terrorist failed. He killed no one, unlike the monsters of 9/11, whose grim tally keeps climbing. Now including James Ryan.

    He is a victim of the same killers who slammed the planes into the twin towers, the same killers who may be behind the Detroit flameout.

    Yet for him, and for other recent 9/11 casualties like the NYPD's James Zadroga and the FDNY's John McNamara, our attention and care is selective. They didn't die amid the first flash and fire and fear, and are not being treated the same. Their families are not getting the help their predecessors in death got.

    There is an answer. There is an attempt to make our nation care - a bill in Congress named after Zadroga that would spend $11 billion over 30 years to help Magda Ryan support her children as a single mother, and help thousands of other first responders, construction workers, clergy and volunteers who are ill and suffering the mounting effects of the worst terror attack in U.S. history.

    But like the rest of America, Congress is distracted by flashier things. Those who responded on 9/11 - there are some 60,000 whose health is being monitored across most of the nation - are not a top priority.

    The latest politician to put them on the back burner is New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, who promised in September to bring up the bill in his subcommittee in October. He never did. The Daily News asked three times what happened. Pallone's office answered twice that they'd look into it.

    We're still waiting, and so are the ailing heroes of Sept.11, and the spouses and children of the dead and dying, because Jim Ryan will not be the last victim of Sept. 11.
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    New York, NY – On Tuesday January 5th 2010 , 9/11/01 first responders and elected officials will gather near Ground Zero to read the names of more than one hundred 9/11 responders and others who have died of illnesses caused by the attacks. Tuesday is the fourth anniversary of the death of NYPD Detective James Zadroga, the first 9/11 responder whose death was officially linked to his work at Ground Zero.



    On Christmas day, FDNY hero and 9/11 responder Jim Ryan passed away of cancer caused by the 9/11 attacks, making him the latest victim of a health crisis that has been ignored by Washington for far too long. The 9/11 responders and others will demand passage of the federal James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which will provide long-overdue help to those who are suffering with illnesses caused by the attacks.



    WHO: Fealgood Foundation; NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation; 9/11 Police Aid Foundation; elected officials; loved ones of 9/11 responders who have passed away



    WHAT: Gathering of 9/11 responders to read the names of those who have died of illnesses caused by the 9/11 attacks



    WHEN: Tuesday, January 5th

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    WHERE: Plaza in front of 7 World Trade Center

    Greenwich and Vesey Streets, Lower Manhattan
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    January 6, 2010 -- A hundred first responders gathered at Ground Zero Tuesday to honor the first person to die of 9/11/01-related illness - and to push for the health care bill that bears his name. The rally to push the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to a congressional vote took place on the fourth anniversary of NYPD Detective James Zadroga's death. "Redundancy, poor leadership, neglect and denial are all illnesses killing 9/11 first responders today," said John Feal, head of the Feal Good Foundation, which works to help those suffering from 9/11/01-related ailments. The James Zadroga bill would put $11 billion toward monitoring and treatment. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), one of the bill's sponsors, called the lack of federal support for 9/11 responders irresponsible. "We do not want to be here for another anniversary of James Zadroga's death," she said. "Thousands lost their lives on 9/11, but thousands more lost their health."
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    First Responders Want Aid for 9/11 Illnesses
    January 07, 2010 NEW YORK-- Four years ago this day, NYPD detective James Zadroga passed away. His death was the first 9/11 responder death that was officially linked to working at ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    A commemoration for his death took place near ground zero on Tuesday. Members of the 9/11 Police Aid Foundation, the NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation, and the FealGood Foundation gathered together to read approximately 100 names of 9/11 responders who have died as a result of illnesses that occurred after doing rescue and recovery operations in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

    One of the main reasons for the gathering was not just for the memorial of responders who died due to the aftermath of 9/11, but to support H.R. 847, the James Zadroga Health & Compensation Act, in the the U.S. House of Representatives.

    James Zadroga was 34 when he died on Jan. 5, 2006, due to respiratory problems that resulted from doing about 400 hours of work near the remains of the World Trade Center.

    “Our ranks are being decimated,” said Kenny Specht, an FDNY cancer survivor, who contracted cancer as a result of doing rescue operations at ground zero. “We are worth the 30 years of comprehensive medical monitoring this bill will provide for,” he said.

    “We must pass this bill,” said one of the main sponsors of the bill, Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney. The bill is “the least we can do” to support the recovery workers at ground zero, she added.

    The bill gives additional health care to people directly impacted by ground zero like recovery workers, cleanup workers, and occupants who live and work around the site. Also included in the bill is compensation for individuals affected directly by ground zero. Currently, ground zero workers have not received any compensation from the government.

    “I hope we can finally pass comprehensive 9/11 health legislation before any more names are added to the list of those who died from 9/11-related illnesses,” said Rep. Maloney.

    One of the most recent victims of long-term health damage, FDNY firefighter Jim Ryan, died on Christmas Day due to pancreatic cancer contracted from working at ground zero for three months, reported Firefighter Hourly.

    John Feal, chair of the nonprofit FealGood Foundation, said, “We're not going to play dead. We're going to fight.” The FealGood Foundation aims to raise awareness of the health problems suffered by 9/11 first responders. “While the moral compass points south in Washington, ours is righteous. We will continue to fight,” said Feal.

    “I still have to answer to my granddaughter,” said former North Arlington Police Chief Joe Zadroga. “She asks me why did he [James Zadroga] have to go? He went because he felt it was his duty,” said Zadroga, who thinks there should be a “compensation fund for civilians” who suffer from severe health problems due to ground zero work.
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    GOOD NEWS --May they now rest in peace

    January 7, 2010 -- Two more victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks have been identified through DNA tests of human remains from the World Trade Center site, the New York City medical examiner's office said on Thursday. Two women were identified by referencing DNA from the remains with a database of DNA profiles from victims of the attack, said Ellen Borakove, a medical examiner's spokeswoman. The families requested their names not be released. More than eight years after two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center killing 2,759 people in New York, including the 10 hijackers aboard the planes, 8,976 human remains are still being tested in order to be linked to a victim. Of the 21,744 remains uncovered since 2001, 59 percent have been identified, corresponding to 1,626 of the 2,749 dead. The victims whose remains were not matched to remains received a death certificate stating they were homicide victims, but the body had not been found. Remains can be identified through markings such as tattoos, dental X-rays or DNA testing, among other things. "One by one, the numbers (of identifications) are going up," said Borakove, and thanks to regular improvements in DNA extraction, "we are constantly working to identify the remains."

    Since January 2006, 25 victims were matched to remains.
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    Folks,

    I wanted to apologize for locking this thread earlier and thank you for bringing it to our attention. It was an honest error when cleaning up some of the older forums. We are very well aware of the importance of this thread--we've lost too many first responders to illnesses and injuries since the 343 firefighter's were killed on Sept. 11. We did not intend to lock this thread, but it's been re-established to continue bringing updates that are relevant to thousands of our users.

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    by Ari Paul
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    Aiding 9/11's New Victims Advocates for those who became sick or who died from working at Ground Zero want aid from Congress and recognition from City Hall. 9/11 Health Care Bill Could Get Boost in Congress By: Ari Paul
    There’s a type of wind that blows in off the North Shore of Long Island that is not only so sharp and cold it burns your face but also has enough force that if it hits you at the right angle, it can knock the air away from your mouth as you try to inhale. Just after Christmas, as firefighters gathered outside a Suffolk County church for the funeral of retired firefighter James Ryan -- who died from cancer doctors believe was caused by toxins he was exposed to while doing recovery work at Ground Zero -- the burning wind augmented another chilly reality for New York’s Bravest: Ryan was not the first front-line responder to die from a 9/11-related illness, and he will certainly not be the last.

    Exactly a week later, many of those same responders gathered by the World Trade Center site to read the names of 9/11 responders and Ground Zero recovery workers who have died from illnesses related to their duty. It was the fourth anniversary of the death a another notable responder, New York Police Department Detective James Zadroga, whose name is attached to a bill in Congress that would establish permanent funding for health treatment and monitoring programs for 9/11 response workers and lower Manhattan residents, students and workers.

    The medical centers treating the thousands of 9/11 responders as well as lower Manhattan residents and workers suffering from respiratory ailments and mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder survive on annual appropriations funding from Congress. Already a precarious situation, the financial crisis makes things shaker, which is why advocates are intensifying their push for a more reliable funding source.

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    The hold-up -- legislatively speaking -- is in the House Energy Committee. The bill has two parts. The compensation and health component was approved with bipartisan support in the Judiciary Committee on the former aspects terms, but the health subcommittee of the Energy Committee hasn’t voted on it, as its chair, New Jersey Democrat Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, both Democrats, and Peter King, a Republican, -- say the votes are there.

    However, it has been difficult for lawmakers outside the tri-state area to commit to it, since the measure carries an undetermined price tag. "I am more confident than I have ever been, but like anything it's never done until it’s done," Maloney said, noting that the Zadroga Act has the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    The bill has had a complicated history among the various groups who support long-term federal funding. The main city police union -- the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association -- has opposed the bill’s current language because it does not specifically mention certain cancers. They have feared this means that members who develop those cancers would not be covered. Other police and first-response unions believed it is more important to pass the bill now and tweak conditions -- such as adding the cancers -- later.

    Resident and worker groups such as Beyond Ground Zero have had similar reservations and also noted that the bill covered residents, students and workers only from Houston street to South Ferry in Manhattan. They believe that the coverage area should extend at least to 14th Street, of not higher.

    Even if the activists can push the measure through the House, the Senate will be another story. If the health-care reform bill is any indication, the Senate is far more averse to government funding for health-care than the House. And the senator who had been credited with pushing for much of the current temporary funding, Hillary Clinton, is now secretary of state.

    At the ceremony on the anniversary of Zadroga’s death, John Feal -- who heads a 9/11 responders group called the Feal Good Foundation -- showed his technique for passing the bill as soon as possible by displaying his chief weapon: a piece of Whole Foods pork.

    "That’s how we get votes right? We give someone in Washington some pork," he said, citing the recent drive to pass the health-care reform bill by offering funding provisions geared to specific states. "So what I’m going to do is mail every member of Congress one these pieces of pork, and I'm going to put a 9/11 responder’s name on it."

    Death and Glory
    Meanwhile, the 9/11 first responders, their families and supporters face other issues as well.

    Ryan’s funeral, at first glance, looked like the typically ornate send-off the city's fire department is famous for: the Emerald Society’s rendition of "Amazing Grace" and a salute by columns of uniformed members. But it wasn’t an official Fire Department event with eulogies from the mayor and commissioner. Those events are reserved for firefighters who die on or as a result of injuries sustained on their shift. Those who die years later don’t count, and 9/11 responder families take this as a snub.

    Fire Department officials responded that while members who die long after 9/11 don’t get the official "line of duty" funeral, Ryan and many others did retire with a disability pension, meaning they get three fourths of their average annual salary for their last three years on the job, as opposed to half the salary, which is the standard benefit. In addition, they said, Ryan's family was virtually guaranteed a full death benefit.

    But for many first responder advocates, including the heads of unions and fraternal groups, the pomp and circumstance matters. They have voiced their protests for people, such Paramedic Deborah Reeve, a dead Ground Zero worker whose death was designated an "administrative line of duty death." One activist joked that this sounded like she died from a paper cut.

    There is a split between how the police and fire departments handle this kind of death in terms of memorials. Police officers like Zadroga, have their names displayed on the police department's memorial wall in lower Manhattan, along with cops who died on their shift, such as officers shot and killed by assailants. Ryan’s name, though, will not be affixed to the Fire Department's memorial wall at its downtown Brooklyn headquarters, along with the 343 FDNY members perished as the towers collapsed.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the power to set a single standard for honoring uniformed responders who die in the line of duty. But he has said he won’t. "I think each agency has to make its own policies," he said at a recent press conference. "There are great traditions that go back a long ways in both these departments."

    Uniformed Firefighters Association president Steve Cassidy said that after Ryan’s funeral, much of the media coverage treated his as a line-of-duty death -- more than had been the case for another responder who had died before him. This, Cassidy said, gives him hope that pressure has increased not only on Washington to enact the Zadroga bill but also for the city to give further honors to responders like Ryan.

    "A sense of change is in the air," he said.
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    January 26, 20010 -- Firefighter Brian McCauley died yesterday of cancer at the age of 42. Today, his friends brought their grief and anger to the Long Branch, N.J., office of one of the congressmen who has failed to move legislation that would permanently help other people who sacrificed at Ground Zero. “They’re turning their backs on guys like Brian,” said Larry Feilich, an FDNY dispatcher from the Bronx, who last saw McCauley about a month ago.
    “I’m on my second set of widows,” said the Rev. Bill Minson, who offered counseling after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and finds himself doing it again and again. Minson and Feilich were among dozens of protesters who targeted Rep. Frank Pallone for not moving a major part of the $11 billion legislation that would reopen the Sept. 11 victims’ fund and guarantee health care for responders who don’t have it. Pallone heads the Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health, which has jurisdiction over about $3 billion of the bill, which would cover 30 years. Pallone had promised to bring that legislation up for action back in September, but he has not. His office responded that it hasn’t moved because Pallone doesn’t think the measure will pass. “The congressman is a strong supporter of the bill and is working to get enough support to vote it out of committee,” said spokesman Richard McGrath. “Right now there isn’t enough support and if we bring it up for a vote and we lose, it will all but kill the bill. The congressman is optimistic that we will get the support and the votes needed. This is an important cause that we believe in.” “I don’t know what it’s going to take, but these people are not going to go away,” said Minson of the advocates. “They’re dying every day,” said Feilich of the responders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E40FDNYL35 View Post
    January 26, 20010 -- Firefighter Brian McCauley died yesterday of cancer at the age of 42. Today, his friends brought their grief and anger to the Long Branch, N.J., office of one of the congressmen who has failed to move legislation that would permanently help other people who sacrificed at Ground Zero. “They’re turning their backs on guys like Brian,” said Larry Feilich, an FDNY dispatcher from the Bronx, who last saw McCauley about a month ago.
    “I’m on my second set of widows,” said the Rev. Bill Minson, who offered counseling after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and finds himself doing it again and again. Minson and Feilich were among dozens of protesters who targeted Rep. Frank Pallone for not moving a major part of the $11 billion legislation that would reopen the Sept. 11 victims’ fund and guarantee health care for responders who don’t have it. Pallone heads the Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health, which has jurisdiction over about $3 billion of the bill, which would cover 30 years. Pallone had promised to bring that legislation up for action back in September, but he has not. His office responded that it hasn’t moved because Pallone doesn’t think the measure will pass. “The congressman is a strong supporter of the bill and is working to get enough support to vote it out of committee,” said spokesman Richard McGrath. “Right now there isn’t enough support and if we bring it up for a vote and we lose, it will all but kill the bill. The congressman is optimistic that we will get the support and the votes needed. This is an important cause that we believe in.” “I don’t know what it’s going to take, but these people are not going to go away,” said Minson of the advocates. “They’re dying every day,” said Feilich of the responders.
    E40 thanks for your vigil and updates. Its only througfh dedication of people like yourself that this doesn't get scuffed back under the rug. Have you heard that in California, all cancers will now be presumed job related? I don't know if this will give your case any more impetus, but heres hoping.
    God Bless
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    My deepest sympathies to the McCauley family and Brian's friends and brother firefighters.

    Rest peacefully in the arms of the angels, Brian.

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    'Ground Zero' workers reach deal on claims

    AFP March 12, 2010 5:02 AM

    AFP NEW YORK - More than 10,000 people who worked in the toxic chaos of New York's Ground Zero after 9/11 could receive compensation totaling 657 million dollars for health problems under a deal reached Thursday.

    Thousands of plaintiffs, mostly firefighters, police and construction workers, have sued the city for what they say are health problems connected to work in the debris of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    On Thursday, the head of an insurance company that was funded with federal dollars to insure New York City against claims by many of the plaintiffs related said a potential deal to pay out up to 657 million dollars (479 million euros) had been reached.

    "We have reached a settlement that is fair under difficult and complicated circumstances," said Christine LaSala, president of WTC Captive Insurance company, which holds one billion dollars in federal funds set aside for health related claims stemming from the clean-up, recovery and restoration efforts.

    "This agreement enables workers and volunteers claiming injury from the WTC site operations to obtain compensation commensurate with the nature of their injuries and the strength of their claims, while offering added protection against possible future illness."

    The WTC Captive insurance firm was created with a one billion dollar federal government grant to insure New York City and its debris removal contractors in the aftermath of 9/11.

    City officials had been unable to secure an adequate coverage in the commercial insurance market for the World Trade Center site rescue, recovery and debris removal work.

    LaSala, who hailed the plaintiffs' "heroic efforts in the rescue, recovery and debris removal work" said the goal of the insurance fund had been to find "a pathway to a just solution" for more than 10,000 people who filed lawsuits.

    City leaders in New York also praised the deal.

    "The resolution of the World Trade Center litigation will allow the first responders and workers to be compensated for injuries suffered following their work at Ground Zero," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    "Since September 11th, the city has moved aggressively to provide medical treatment to those who were present at Ground Zero, and we will continue our commitment to treatment and monitoring," the mayor added.

    But not all the litigants felt the same way.

    Former New York firefighter Kenny Specht told CNN that he was skeptical about the city's motives in settling.

    "This settlement comes from the Captive Insurance fund, which has been around now since about 2003," said Specht who was diagnosed in 2008 with thyroid cancer when he was just 30 years old.

    "My wait-and-see attitude comes from the fact that we have been pushing members of Congress to pass the September 11th Health and Compensation Act which would have let 5.4 billion dollars for compensation," he said.

    "My question to the city is why didn't they settle these lawsuits earlier than they have now?"

    Specht added: "You can't put a price on your health. I hope this settlement was, indeed, done the right way and I hope it was done with people's health, safety and future in mind, to be honest with you, and not the bottom dollar."

    To recover funds under the settlement, each plaintiff will have to submit proof that he or she was present at and participated in the rescue, recovery and debris removal operations.

    Officials said they will have to provide specific medical documentation and a physician's diagnosis confirming their illness or injury.

    The company said Thursday that 95 per cent of plaintiffs must sign off on the preliminary deal for the money to be paid out.

    Plaintiffs, who must submit sworn evidence of their injuries or illness, have 90 days to review the settlement and decide whether to accept.

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    April 4, 2010 -- STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A three-month sifting operation for World Trade Center remains is slated to begin today at the former Fresh Kills landfill, as the city plans to break ground on a remediation project at the borough's Brookfield landfill. At Fresh Kills, the city is opening a forensic mobile sifting platform to evaluate material workers find. Some 844 cubic yards of WTC material had been excavated over the past two years from the following areas in and around Ground Zero: N.Y. State Route 9A (West Street), Haul Road, Cedar Street, Washington Street, Vesey Street, the rooftop of Fiterman Hall and various subterranean structures, according to a Jan. 28 memo by Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler. Anthropologists and other trained professionals will carefully evaluate and search the material, Skyler wrote. Any potential remains will be sent for further testing to the laboratories of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which will oversee the estimated $1.4 million operation. Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was expected to make a public announcement 11 a.m. today at the Brookfield landfill. Brookfield, bordered by Richmond Avenue, Arthur Kill Road and LaTourette Park, was one of five sites in the city that were illegally filled with industrial wastes and poisons during the 1970s. It was finally closed after an FBI investigation in 1981. The entire remediation of the site is expected to take three and a half years, while construction of an active and passive park on the site is expected to take another four years.
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    FDNY Rescue Workers Show Lasting Lung Damage From 9/11 World Trade Center Dust

    Seven-Year Follow-up Shows Persistent Lung Function Decline with no Meaningful Recovery

    BRONX, N.Y., April 8, 2010 -- A study of nearly 13,000 rescue workers from the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) shows that the significant proportion who suffered acute lung damage after exposure to World Trade Center (WTC) dust have not recovered normal lung function in the years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This seven-year study, with almost 62,000 individual measurements, is the largest longitudinal study ever reported of occupational influences on lung function. It is the only group of WTC workers for which pre-9/11 lung function measurements were available. The study, led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, in collaboration with FDNY, appears in the April 8, 2010 print edition of TheNew England Journal of Medicine.

    "This exposure at Ground Zero was so unique that no one could have predicted the impact on lung function. We demonstrated dramatic decline in lung function, mostly in the first 6 months after 9/11, and these declines persisted with little or no meaningful recovery of lung function among FDNY rescue workers (firefighters and emergency medical service workers) over the next six-and-a-half years," said David Prezant, M.D., professor of medicine at Einstein and senior author of the study. Dr. Prezant is also an attending physician in the pulmonary medicine division at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein, and the chief medical officer of the FDNY, Office of Medical Affairs and the co-director of the FDNY WTC Medical Programs.

    For Dr. Prezant and his team, the critical mission remains identifying the individuals most affected and providing them with treatment to improve their quality of life and prevent further declines in lung function.

    The current research follows up on a previous 2006 study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, that assessed lung function one year after the 9/11 attacks.In that study, Dr. Prezant and colleaguesfound that 9/11 FDNY rescue workers suffered substantial loss in lung function in the year following the attacks — more than 12 times the decline in lung function that would be expected to occur with normal aging. The largest decline was observed among workers who arrived at the WTC site the morning of 9/11, when the dust cloud was most intense.

    For the present study, the workers evaluated include nearly 92 percent of the 13,954 FDNY firefighters and EMS workers present at the WTC site between September 11 and September 24, 2001. Lung function in these 12,781 individuals was assessed by spirometry testing performed every 12 to 18 months. Spirometry measures the amount of air exhaled in a single breath.

    All participants had also been tested pre-9/11, so those spirometric results provided a baseline for assessing lung-function decline. Because the decline was severe and persistent, a substantial proportion of FDNY rescue workers were left with abnormal lung function by the end of this study – September 11, 2008. For example, the proportion of those who never smoked — and whose lung function was below normal — increased over the first year from 3 percent to 18 percent for firefighters and from 12 percent to 22 percent for EMS workers, stabilizing at about 13 percent for firefighters and 22 percent for EMS workers by the end of the seven-year study. ("Below normal" is defined as less than that achieved by 95 percent of normal nonsmokers of similar age, gender and height.)

    "Previous studies have indicated that the effects of firefighting on lung function are mild and reversible," said lead author Thomas Aldrich, M.D., professor of medicine at Einstein and an attending physician in the pulmonary medicine division at Montefiore. "The difference seems to be that the workers in our study population experienced repeated daily exposures to much higher concentrations of airborne particulates (solid particles suspended in the air) and gaseous chemicals."

    Dr. Aldrich suggests that the lack of long-term recovery among the 9/11 rescue workers may be due to several factors: the unusual nature of the dust cloud itself — which was thick with particulates, inhaled pulverized material from the collapse of the towers, and smoke from fires that continued to burn until mid-December.

    "All smoke contains particulates, but not at the density seen in the WTC collapse, especially if you were at the site during the first two or three days or for long durations thereafter," said Dr. Aldrich. "In a normal fire, you don't get enveloped in a particulate cloud so thick that you can't even see through it."

    The current report, part of an ongoing FDNY study of WTC rescue workers, is the most comprehensive study of rescue workers in general and specifically of FDNY firefighters and EMS workers (both active and retired) known to have been at Ground Zero during the rescue and recovery phases. It is also the only study to include pre- and post-9/11 spirometry testing.

    The paper, "Lung Function in Rescue Workers at the World Trade Center after 7 Years," appears in the April 7 online edition and April 8 print edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

    Other Einstein researchers who contributed to the study include Charles Hall, Ph.D., Hillel Cohen, Dr.P.H., and Mayris Webber, Dr.P.H. Other contributors include Fairouz Al-Othman, M.D., Rachel Zeig-Owens, M.P.H., and Vasilios Christodoulou, B.A., of Montefiore Medical Center; Jackson Gustave, M.P.H., Kaitlyn Cosenza, B.A., Lara Glass, M.P.H., and Kerry Kelly, M.D., of the Fire Department of the City of New York, Bureau of Health Services; and Michael Weiden, M.D., of the New York University School of Medicine, Pulmonary Division and the Fire Department of the City of New York, Bureau of Health Services.

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is one of the nation's premier centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Einstein is home to 2,775 faculty members, 722 M.D. students, 243 Ph.D. students, 128 students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program, and approximately 350 postdoctoral research fellows. In 2009, Einstein received more than $155 million in support from the NIH. This includes the funding of major research centers at Einstein in diabetes, cancer, liver disease, and AIDS. Other areas where the College of Medicine is concentrating its efforts include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities. Through its extensive affiliation network involving five medical centers in the Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island – which includes Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein – the College of Medicine runs one of the largest post-graduate medical training programs in the United States, offering approximately 150 residency programs to more than 2,500 physicians in training. For more information, please visit www.einstein.yu.edu

    Montefiore Medical Centerencompasses 126 years of outstanding patient care, innovative medical "firsts," pioneering clinical research, dedicated community service and ground-breaking social activism. A full-service, integrated delivery system caring for patients in the New York metropolitan region and beyond, Montefiore is a 1,491-bed medical center that includes: four hospitals -- the Henry and Lucy Moses Division, the Jack D. Weiler Division, the North Division and The Children's Hospital at Montefiore; a large home healthcare agency; the largest school health program in the US; a 22-site medical group practice integrated throughout the Bronx and Westchester; and, a care management organization providing services to 179,000 health plan members.

    In 2008, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore was ranked as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" in US News & World Report's prestigious annual listing and also received honors in the magazine's 2009 edition. The Leapfrog Group lists Montefiore among the top one percent of all U.S. hospitals based on its strategic investments in sophisticated and integrated healthcare technology.

    Montefiore is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the future through medical education and manages one of the largest residency programs in the country. Montefiore is The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has an affiliation with New York Medical College for residency programs at the North Division.

    Distinguished centers of excellence at Montefiore include cardiology and cardiac surgery, cancer care, tissue and organ transplantation, children's health, women's health, surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Montefiore is a national leader in the research and treatment of diabetes, headaches, obesity, cough and sleep disorders, geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery, adolescent and family medicine, HIV/AIDS and social and environmental medicine, among many other specialties. For more information, please visit www.montefiore.org or www.montekids.org.
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    Today some potential human remains have been found as part of the three-month sifting operation of materials recovered from the World Trade Center site. That is on top of the 20 others found earlier this week. The city opened a new forensic mobile sifting site at the closed Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island Monday.
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    Wow ... hopefully they will provide DNA so more families can have some closure.
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    Widow of retired FDNY captain who died in 9/11 rescue sues to get his name listed with Bravest

    April 12, 2010 -- The widow of a retired FDNY captain who died at the World Trade Center is suing to get her husband's name listed beside brother firefighters on a 9/11 memorial. James Corrigan, 60, was retired from the FDNY and working as a fire and life safety coordinator for the towers' owners on 9/11 when he died helping former colleagues evacuate the south tower. His widow, Marie, wants the FDNY to recognize that Corrigan was on active duty. "Capt. Corrigan remained at his post in the lobby of the south tower - under the building that was feared to be falling even though there was sufficient concern about the tower's imminent collapse that the FDNY was evacuating its units," according to the lawsuit filed in Queens Supreme Court. "Capt. Corrigan did not stay because he was an employee of Silverstein Properties but because he was a firefighter standing with his brothers."Officials with the National September 11Memorial and Museum have refused to add his name until the city tells them Corrigan, who retired in 1994 after 25 years on the job, was on active duty on 9/11.The FDNY and the memorial are named as defendants.Corrigan's sons left private-sector jobs to become firefighters after his death. Both sons got so-called "legacy credits" when they took the entrance exam in 2002, which added points to their score and improved their chances of landing a firefighting job swiftly."Brendan and Sean received their legacy credits because their father was considered a city employee who had been killed in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001," the lawsuit says.
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    May 23, 2010 -- James McCaffrey, whose brother-in-law Battalion Chief Orio Palmer of Valley Stream is among the 1,123 missing victims of the World Trade Center, thinks that new finds of human remains may help some families - perhaps even his own. "It does give us some hope we may get something," said McCaffrey, an FDNY lieutenant from Yonkers. "But it shows how little the city has done so far." He, like members of many other families, said the city did not do enough in the immediate aftermath of the September 11,2001 attacks to aggressively find and identify remains. "My concern is that there are areas of Ground Zero that have not been searched," said Sally Regenhard, one of the most vocal September 11 family members on a wide range of issues. Her firefighter son, Christian, is also among the missing. For Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, the city's nearly nine-year forensic operation at Ground Zero seeking to identify remains has been a bureaucratic misadventure. She credits the persistence of the medical examiner's office for helping families like hers recover even small remains of their loved ones, including her son. But Cain is part of a group of family members claiming that some human remains have been commingled with garbage at Fresh Kills landfill. The group is appealing a federal judge's 2008 decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the families against the city. In the suit, the city denies any wrongdoing and said it treated the remains with respect. City officials have defended the pace of the identification process and said they have acted in good faith. The judge said in his decision that the city sought "a swift and efficient recovery" from an unprecedented event. Regenhard lauded FDNY participation at the screening operation of 844 cubic yards of new debris found at Ground Zero. But she thinks in all this time if the search had been done right, with the help of U.S. military forensic experts, all of the remains would have been found.
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    June 23, 2010 -- A renewed search of debris near the World Trade Center site in New York City has turned up 72 more human remains from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The sifting of debris began in April and ends Friday. 9-11-01 everyday NEVER FORGET
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    Press conference Sunday at Ground Zero, 12.00 noon,no elected officials just 9/11 responders and civiliansShare. Yesterday at 1:05pm
    Event Sunday, August 1st at Noon
    Contact: John Feal, (631) 724-3320



    Sunday: 9/11 Responders Will Urge Dysfunctional Congress to Stop Fighting and Pass 9/11 Health Bill



    A coalition of World Trade Center responders, including the FealGood Foundation and other 9/11 organizations, will gather near Ground Zero this Sunday to demand that Congress stop the bickering and partisan fighting and finally pass H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Democrats need to get the bill on the House floor under normal rules so it can pass with a simple majority, and Republicans need to promise they won’t use the rules to play political tricks with the vote. People’s lives are at stake!



    On Sunday, the group of 9/11 responders will also announce that they plan to travel to DC to be there when Congress gets back from its overlong six-week vacation to remind the politicians that people are sick and dying and Washington needs to take action.



    WHO: John Feal, FealGood Foundation, 9/11 organizations representing the FDNY & NYPD, others TBA



    WHAT: Press Conference



    WHEN: Sunday, August 1st, 12:00pm



    WHERE: Ground Zero

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