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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED

    sad but true...
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    So, is the city going to try denying the clear links just like the federal government tried denying Gulf War Syndrome existed, and subsequently screwed vets out of treatment?

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    CITY GIVES IN ON RUDY PAL

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN and CARL CAMPANILE
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    May 18, 2006 -- Mayor Bloomberg caved in last night and ordered the city to pay up so a former top aide to Rudy Giuliani can get medical benefits for his Ground Zero-related illness.

    Bloomberg told city lawyers to drop their appeal of a favorable Workers Compensation Board ruling for former Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington hours after fierce criticism by Giuliani and his former aides.

    Former Mayor Giuliani leaped to the aid of Washington after The Post reported yesterday that the aide was seeking workers'-comp benefits - and the Bloomberg administration was trying to block him.

    "Putting the city's welfare before his own, Rudy Washington courageously and tirelessly worked at Ground Zero on Sept. 11 and for weeks afterwards," Giuliani said.

    As reported in yesterday's Post, Washington filed a claim last year for coverage to treat his asthmatic condition, which he believes was caused by breathing contaminated air at Ground Zero.

    Washington, the highest-ranking black city official at the time, was nearby when the first tower collapsed, helped supervise the emergency response and later ordered air-quality testing.

    But Bloomberg administration lawyers told Washington that they would appeal the initial favorable ruling for him by the state board.

    But last night, Bloomberg ordered the city's Law Department to come to "a fair settlement" with Washington, a mayoral aide told The Post.

    Washington filed his claim after the deadline for it had passed.

    But Bloomberg ordered the city to withdraw the appeal because he didn't want the matter to be decided by "a technicality," the aide said.

    Earlier yesterday, former top officials of the previous administration blasted Bloomberg.

    Former Giuliani deputy Joe Lhota fumed over the "total lack of benevolence on the part of Mayor Bloomberg and his administration toward Rudy Washington.

    "This is a civilian who dedicated himself to the search and rescue operations and ultimately the cleanup like no one else in the Giuliani administration. (***I guess he was the only one down there....) Where's the humanity? Humans shouldn't treat humans like this," Lhota said.

    A source familiar with the case said Bloomberg moved to "rectify" the appeal as soon as he heard about the matter and had previously helped provide Washington with medical aid after Washington personally sought his help.

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    maybe rudy can make a thousand or more phone calls.. pathetic and sickening this clown got strings pulled..

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    4035 I used a couple of your posts in anouther forum to help get the news out. If this is a problem let me know and I will get the thread deleted.

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    this is a public forum bro....
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    Anyone wanting to use the site for N.J....it's easy
    use the link....click on Search EOHSI....type in wtc and hit search.
    There's also a section here for Rescue Dogs. If anyone had or knows someone who was there with a dog this could benefit them.

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    I volunteered for the American Red Cross and flew to NYC to help after the Towers came down. I did not get to NYC till October of 2001 and was there till Nov. of 2001. I worked 6 blocks from Ground Zero for 3 weeks 8 to 9 hours a day. I became ill with the dry cough, chest tightness, burning throat and eyes and sinus pain. After I returned home which is in Wisconsin, my illness became worse and continued to the point that I am now disabled and can not work. I went back to NYC to get the WTC Screening and was diagnoised with RADS. I had none no illness like this before. No asthma, or breathing problems. I now take 6 medicines 2 times a day. I also get a rash on the face and neck that they can't explain. My nerves and muscles constantly swell. I have been in deep drepression because of the stress of the illness and the financial burden of the medical bills and medicine. Being that I live in Wisconsin and not in NYC my medical bills are not paid. I was traveling to NYC every 6 months to see the doctors but the cost of the flight and the hotel stay has put me in debt and I can no longer go and see the doctors here. What bothers me is that the government wants to ignor the fact that the air at and around and near the WTC Disaster was not fit for anyone to breath in. Masks and other equipment that was provided for those close to Ground Zero were not enough to fliter out the bad air. For me I was not offered any mask to filter out the bad air because they felt we didn't need it at 6 blocks away. Interesting they thought that when you could go out the door and watch the ash come down and land on your face and hands and clothes and breath it in. When you could smell the odors and feel the burning in your eyes and throat. And that was at 6 blocks away, just imagine what it was like closer. It's time for them to admit they made a mistake.

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    Marie I just want to THANK YOU for what you did for us. I will NEVER FORGET that.
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    My father was a firechief and I saw many things growing up and going to the fire station. Being in disaster services I also so many things and being in the medical field of sorts I could tell that what was being done to keep the workers and volunteers safe was not enough and the dangers of the air they were breathing would cause health issues. Would you believe that the organization that I repersented told me that there was no way that I could have gotten sick by the air there and that I had to be lieing, wouldn't do anything till I finally had to swallow my pride and write my Congressmen to get help and then they finally stepped up and of course denied I filed a claim? Could thing I kept copies. So it's not only the government that ignored it was also others.

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    May 21, 2006 -- The city has four words for many World Trade Center recovery workers who have fallen ill: It's your own fault.In court papers seeking to dismiss all lawsuits by the workers, the city argues it did all it could to protect them from toxic dust, smoke and rubble - but many ignored the safety rules.

    Workers were required to wear respirators - fitted breathing devices with air filters - on and around the WTC pile, but some defiantly refused, the city contends in a brief filed in Manhattan federal court last week.

    "On several occasions, OSHA [U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration] inspectors confronted firefighters who were not wearing their respirators and given resistance - the firefighters told OSHA that they would not comply and that OSHA had no authority over them," the brief says.



    The city says its Department of Design and Construction, which led the cleanup, reported this to ranking FDNY officials to try to get firefighters to comply.

    When the DDC found construction workers not wearing safety gear, supervisors contacted the contractor in an effort to "re-educate the employee," the brief says.

    The city filed the brief in asking U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein to toss out all 5,000-plus claims by WTC responders, claiming blanket immunity because it was responding to a civil emergency and acting "in good faith."

    The city acknowledges the WTC site was tainted with tons of asbestos and other pulverized toxins and carcinogens. But, it claims, many workers ignored or disobeyed signs posted around the site, and other reminders to wear protective gear.

    The city's arguments outraged advocates and lawyers for the workers.

    "It's sick that they're blaming the victim," said David Worby, who represents 8,000 workers in a class-action suit. "Most of the workers weren't given any safety protection. Others were given faulty equipment. It was too little, too late."

    The class-action contends the city, in a rush to reopen Wall Street, did not have adequate safety protocols: "They never hosed down the workers. They never took their uniforms at the end of the day and gave them fresh ones. People were eating their lunch on the pile."
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    My question to the city is what about Environmental Protection Agency head Christie Whitman telling residents and workers in lower Manhattan that the air was safe to breathe immediately following 9/11/01.
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    Default 9/11 Psych Woes Linger

    May 26, 2006 -- A whopping two-thirds of people who received therapy following 9/11 are still grief-stricken nearly five years after the terrorist attacks, according to a new study prepared for the Red Cross. Forty-three percent of the respondents who received treatment also say they still need counseling and other services to help with their recovery. Half the children of families in treatment are still psychologically scarred, participants said. "This was a traumatic event for many people," said Carol Devita, a researcher for the Urban Institute, which conducted the Red Cross analysis. The survey interviewed 1,500 adults directly affected by the 9/11 attacks - including the families who had loved ones killed or those who were seriously injured. Those interviewed had received funds from the Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund for a variety of services. Of that number, 431 respondents reported having received mental-health counseling. Of adults who received financial assistance for mental-health services, 67 percent indicated that their grief continues and half of children feel the same way, the study found. Those who haven't received counseling through the Red Cross can still apply by calling (800) LIFE-NET. The deadline is next Jan. 1. The Red Cross and city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene also will send out a joint letter to 70,000 people on the World Trade Center Health Registry to make them aware of the mental health funding. Rescue and recovery workers and New Yorkers who lost family members can also apply for funds with the state Crime Victims Board. The American Red Cross raised and spent more than $1 billion in private donations on 9/11 disaster and recovery - more than any other national disaster. "What we learned is the importance of addressing mental-health issues as soon as possible after a disaster," said Alan Goodman, executive director of the Red Cross Sept. 11 Recovery Program. Goodman said many emergency responders who initially didn't seek therapy after 9/11 are now doing so. "This was a terrorist event. Post-traumatic stress disorder could take years to manifest itself," he said. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that only now - years later - are emergency responders and others showing symptoms of respiratory illnesses and cancers suspected to be linked to breathing toxins at Ground Zero. "They have to deal with the loss of their health and their strength. That affects them emotionally," Goodman said. About 10,000 people are currently receiving 9/11 services from the Red Cross, and nearly 60,000 were helped overall. Over 90 percent said they received adequate emergency funds to address basic needs. But only 11 percent of responders with serious injuries said they received enough help.
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    Default Preparing for a Higher 9-11 Toll

    New York can no longer breathe easy about the fate of people who responded to Ground ZeroŚnot after the case of Detective James Zadroga, the high-profile workers comp fight of former deputy mayor Rudy Washington, or the study finding that first responders on 9-11 typically absorbed about 12 years' worth of lung damage in a single, bad day. None of this is surprising to the men and women who raced to the towers and have been struggling for months or years to catch their breath, literally. Nor is the risk of WTC illness news to city and state officials, who haggled at length over a law that grants Ground Zero rescuers a presumptive line-of-duty disability if they come down with certain illnesses. That measure was signed last year. But the Zadroga case and others like it have upped the stakes, because people aren't just getting sick. Now, they are dying. And when they die, their families will not be able to collect disability payments for as long as they would have if the death had been in the line of duty. That's why public employee unions are pressing for another presumptive bill, this one covering death benefits. The assembly version sponsored by Speaker Sheldon Silver (A11255) and its Senate counterpart by Sen. Martin Golden (S7885-A) are "intended to rectify this inequity, so these brave men and women facing a grim medical prognosis, need not worry about the financial future and security of their loved ones and dependents," according to the bills' write-up. The proposed law would cover "uniformed personnel who participated within one year of the terrorist attack, in rescue, recovery, clean-up and related activity at or near ground zero, worked at the Fresh Kills Land Fill, worked at the New York morgue or the temporary morgue on pier locations on the west side of Manhattan, or manned barges between the west side of Manhattan and the Fresh Kills Land Fill." It would apply to people who "registered within the time period specified in such law, or would have met the criteria if not already retired on an accidental disability." The Bloomberg administration opposed the presumptive disability bill because of the costs it could impose on the city, estimated at around $50 million a year. The deaths benefits bill would add to those costs. But the exact price tag of either measure is a mystery. The city's Independent Budget Office hopes to generate a projection, but IBO chief of staff Doug Turetsky tells the Voice, "At this point, we haven't got the data to do that." The effect of the Ground Zero diseases on thousands of rescuers is a great unknown. Nobody can predict how many will suffer or succumb, or when. Already, thousands have filed affidavits attesting to their WTC-related service. So far, 2,596 active and retired members have filed Ground Zero affidavits with the FDNY pension fund; 2,870 with the Police Pension Fund; and 973 with NYCERS. Ostensibly, those affidavits are for potential future disability filings under last year's presumptive law. But some first responders who already have line-of-duty disability benefits might be filing in anticipation of the death benefit that will adhere should the Silver/Golden measures become law. Many 9-11 rescuers have no choice but to make these kinds of calculations. They were forced out of work years before they thought they would leave, and could face either a prolonged retirement or a premature death. Some are wrestling with difficult decisions over how to structure their pensions, trying to balance their current need for income against the possibility that they will die early and leave families behind. Complicating the picture is that while some first responders received payouts from the federal Victims Compensation Fund, others did not. The VCF, for example, didn't cover people whose primary ailment was post-traumatic stress disorder. The fund is closed. But symptoms of other underlying illnesses are only now emerging. Nearly five years after 9-11-01 in bronchioles and bloodstreams, the attack continues.
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    Default Health officials begin follow-up survey for 9-11-01 registry

    NEW YORK -- City officials on Thursday launched a follow-up survey for thousands of people in a registry tracking post-Sept. 11 health problems, looking for proof of persistent respiratory and psychological illnesses in those who worked or lived near ground zero. The World Trade Center Health Registry gathered initial information from 71,437 people who worked at ground zero or were in the area at the time of the attacks, making it the nation's largest such registry. The program has come under criticism for failing to reach conclusions about post-Sept. 11 health effects sooner and for not providing information about treatment to survivors. "We wish we had all of the answers. We wish we knew what the long-term health effects of 9/11 are," Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said Thursday. "But we don't." Frieden urged registrants to complete e-mailed or mailed surveys and return them to the department. The questionnaires ask for more details about the registrants' exposure and any update on their symptoms.
    Officials have warned that it may take 20 years before doctors know what Sept. 11 did _ and did not do _ to the emergency personnel,civilians, and others engulfed in the airborne remains of the two 110-story buildings. But a class-action lawsuit representing thousands of ailing workers and civilians blames Sept. 11 for their health problems, and two programs in the city are treating tens of thousands of rescue workers who say they developed sinusitis, cancers and other ailments after the attack.
    In addition, a New Jersey medical examiner this year declared that the death of a retired city police detective who spent hours at the trade center site was "directly related to the 9/11 incident." Frieden said that while registrants have reported respiratory problems,post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, "what we don't know are how long the symptoms are going to persist." John Howard, the federal government's point man on Sept. 11 health, also urged people to respond to the survey, saying the scientific findings will be more meaningful if they include as many registrants as possible. The participants will receive their surveys within weeks. Frieden said it would take several months to gather the data and that a follow-up report could be completed by the end of the year. Also this year, health officials plan to release guidelines for doctors on how to better treat Sept. 11 survivors. Only until after the follow-up survey is completed will health officials contemplate in-person medical screenings like those being done for a program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Deputy Health Commissioner Lorna Thorpe said that with this survey,officials "are trying to identify the population that needs to be examined."

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    WTC responders' illness worse than expected Almost five years after terror attacks, new critical health cases are surfacing

    Doctors who treat World Trade Center responders say they are surprised almost five years later by the growing number seeking help for the first time -100 people a month in the biggest monitoring program -- and by the severity of illnesses among Sept. 11 workers already in treatment."There's no question there's continuing demand and many in the treatment program are quite ill," said Dr. Robin Herbert, codirector of the World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.
    Herbert, whose program has examined about 15,000 responders since 2002, said doctors are finding "remarkable persistence" in breathing disorders such as chronic sinusitis and asthma, stomach ailments such as gastrointestinal reflux disease and psychological problems such as post traumatic stress disorder -- a suite of maladies one survivor called "my 9/11 plague."Some patients also have come in with severe lung scarring, which can be fatal. And there have been cases of cancer, which worries experts, though they are unwilling to directly attribute them to exposure to Ground Zero toxins. Doctors are also surprised by the numbers of new patients. Mount Sinai's screening program sees 100 new people a month, Herbert said. Despite adding more health care providers, Herbert said that for the last six months, the waiting list for treatment has grown to more than three months. "We honestly did not expect such ongoing demand," she said. Dr. Ben Luft, program director for Long Island's World Trade Center monitoring program at Stony Brook University Hospital, which is following about 1,800 workers, said about 250 new workers from Long Island have come to the program in the past year. "It's very surprising. Originally, we felt these are people who had an acute exposure and acute reaction, and we didn't think we were going to continue at this level for five years after exposure," said Luft, whose program, like Mount Sinai's, follows and treats Sept. 11 responders. In some, he said, there appears to be "a period of latency" before symptoms develop. In others, symptoms have worsened over time, becoming bad enough to drive the person to seek help for the first time. "There's a chronic, progressive element to this," he said.
    Herbert said she is also concerned about a small number of cases of lung scarring similar to that which killed Det. James Zadroga, 34, of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., in January. The coroner there found swirls in Zadroga's lungs caused by foreign material, which he linked to Ground Zero dust -- the first death to be officially tied to World Trade Center exposure. "We're concerned because now we have a very small number of World Trade Center responders with much more serious lung scarring diseases,"Herbert said. Luft said he has also seen a handful of such cases.
    Dr. David Prezant, chief medical officer in the Office of Medical Affairs in the New York City Fire Department at Montefiore Medical Center, said he also has seen some cases of lung scarring among the 14,000 fire fighters and emergency medical workers being monitored. He believes larger numbers of scarring cases and other diseases may show up in "another wave" decades from now. Prezant coauthored a study published last month that showed the average lung function decline among fire fighters who were at Ground Zero one year after Sept. 11 was the equivalent of 12 years of aging. World Trade Center workers are exchanging stories of cancers in colleagues -- especially of the blood, kidneys and pancreas -- they believe are the result of inhaling and ingesting pulverized cement, glass fibers and other toxic substances at Ground Zero. "We have a rough estimate of 200 to 300 people who are between the ages of 30 and 50 [with cancer]," said Jon Sferazo, 51, of Huntington Station, presiding officer of Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes, an advocacy group for Sept. 11 responders. "These cancers seem to be occurring in people far too young," he said.Doctors are unwilling to link the cancer cases and exposure to Ground Zero toxins because it generally takes years for cancers to develop -- but they are tracking them closely. "We don't know if these are just normal, sporadic cases or if a pattern is developing. The methodology[in monitoring patients] has to be vigilant," Luft said. Mental health problems, including depression and post traumatic stress disorder, are also not going away, experts said. As with new cases of physical ailments, health professionals are seeing new cases of psychological difficulties among people who previously hadn't sought help. "What we're seeing is people coming forward for the first time," said Michael Arcari, the head of Faithful Response, a free mental health program for World Trade Center responders in North Bellmore. Arcari, a former New York City Police Department lieutenant, said it is not unusual to see more people seeking help four to six years after a major trauma when their "coping mechanisms" start to falter. Since it began last year, his program has seen 130 people, the majority of whom are from Long Island. "You start to see it in their personal lives and in their work performance," he said. "... A marriage is breaking up or something else is going on and their backs are up against a wall."
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    June 5, 2006 -- With mounting evidence that exposure to the toxic smoke and ash at ground zero during the nine-month cleanup has made many people sick, attention is now focusing on the role of air-filtering masks, or respirators, that cost less than $50 and could have shielded workers from some of the toxins. More than 150,000 such masks were distributed and only 40,000 people worked on the pile, but most workers either did not have the masks or did not use them. These respirators are now at the center of a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 8,000 firefighters, police officers and private workers who say they were exposed to toxic substances at or near ground zero that have made them sick or may eventually do so. While residents and office workers in the area also suffered ill effects, the work crews at the site who had the greatest exposure are thought to have sustained the greatest harm. From legal documents presented in the case, a tale emerges of heroic but ineffective efforts to protect workers, with botched opportunities, confused policies and contradictions that failed to ensure their safety. Lawyers representing the workers say that there was no central distribution point for the respirators, no single organization responsible for giving them out, and no one with the power to make sure the respirators that were distributed got used, and used properly. By contrast, at the Pentagon, workers not wearing proper protective gear were escorted off the site."Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace," said David Worby, the lawyer whose firm represents the workers. "But the majority of workers at ground zero were given nothing, or had masks that didn't work."
    The allegations are based on the lawyers' review of more than 400,000 pages of official documents and the testimony of 30 government witnesses.The city, which is the principal government defendant, has moved to have the lawsuit dismissed. It argues that it and the private contractors it hired to help in the cleanup did their best to provide adequate equipment and to get workers to use it, but many workers ignored the warnings. Many workers cited reasons for not keeping the masks on, like the stifling heat and the difficulty of communicating while wearing them. Even if the response to an unprecedented emergency was flawed, the city's lawyers argue, a firmly established legal immunity under the State Defense Emergency Act and other laws protects New York from legal liability. Kenneth A. Becker, head of the city's World Trade Center litigation unit, declined to comment on the charges in the complaint, saying it was "inappropriate to comment on pending litigation," beyond what is contained in documents already filed with the court. In those papers, the city argued that its "concern for the health and safety of all workers and volunteers at the W.T.C. site began immediately after the September 11 attacks and continued until the end of the rescue, recovery and debris removal operations."Oral argument on the city's motion to dismiss the case is scheduled for June 22 before Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of United States District Court in Manhattan.

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    Ground zero was about the most dangerous workplace imaginable: a smoking heap of nearly two million tons of tangled steel and concrete that contained a brew of toxins, including asbestos, benzene, PCB's, and more than 400 chemicals. Indeed, recent health studies have found that many people who worked on the pile have since developed a rash of serious ailments, including gastrointestinal and respiratory problems.In the chaos of the first 48 hours after the twin towers collapsed, only the city's firefighters had any personal protective equipment suitable for such an environment. But even that equipment was not sufficient. Each firefighter is issued a full-face mask that is part of a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, also known as a Scott pack, which functions like scuba gear, supplying air while sealing out hazards. But the tanks contain no more than 18 minutes of oxygen. The system works well if a firefighter is dashing into a burning building to rescue a baby. For a nine-month recovery operation, it was useless. Once their Scott packs were exhausted, the first firefighters on the scene had no backup gear. That is why Firefighter Palmer Doyle and the crew from Engine Company 254 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, stopped at a hardware store on the way into Manhattan on Sept. 11 to buy every paper dust mask in stock. When he returned to ground zero with 50 other firefighters on a bus a few days later, Firefighter Doyle looked for respirators. He was told there was just one left for the entire crew. It was given to the youngest among them.
    Firefighter Doyle, now 51 and retired with mild asthma, a recurring cough and other work-related problems, said that the firefighters never thought for a second of refusing to work without respirators, but they did wonder when they were going to be available. Records produced in the lawsuit indicate that the Fire Department put in an order with the city for 5,000 P100 Organic Vapor/Acid Gas half-face masks, which cost less than $50 each, and 10,000 replacement filter cartridges on Sept. 28. But the order was not processed for almost two months. Such delays remain a sore point. "Firefighters worked during the 9/11 rescue operation with little or no respiratory protection, and anyone who claims differently is lying," said Stephen J. Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. "The department further failed to supply anything but particle masks to its workers until much later." In the first few days after Sept. 11, the only types of breathing protection generally available to people at ground zero were surgical masks and paper dust masks, often distributed by volunteers. Even Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington, who has qualified for workers' compensation for Sept. 11-related ailments, wore paper masks at that time, although industrial safety officers say they were practically useless. When private construction crews first arrived to help with debris removal, they had no air-filtering equipment with them because they do not usually work in such hazardous conditions. "For the average Joe, there was nothing," said Robert Gray, a crane operator who is co-author of a new book about the cleanup called "Nine Months at Ground Zero" (Scribner, 2006). Mr. Gray said that after several days, the International Union of Operating Engineers, to which he belongs, brought in a trailer to provide half-face masks and testing to make sure they fit and functioned properly. Outside the pile, most workers in the early days of the cleanup had only paper masks, and many of the laborers hired by cleaning contractors to vacuum the asbestos from buildings downtown had nothing at all. The New York Committee on Occupation Safety and Health, a union labor organization, provided checkups and respirators to more than 400 of these laborers, many of them illegal immigrants. David M. Newman, an industrial hygienist with the labor committee, said that when federal environmental officials announced that it was safe for people to return to Lower Manhattan so that Wall Street could reopen a week after the towers collapsed, employers suddenly "had a green light to say, 'We don't need to use respirators because the E.P.A. says the air is OK.' "He was referring to a statement made on Sept. 18, 2001, by Christie Whitman, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, that air sampling done by her agency showed that the air was safe to breathe. The agency's inspector general concluded in 2003 that Ms. Whitman's statement was far too broad and could not be scientifically supported at the time she made it. According to the inspector general's exhaustive recounting of the environmental consequences of Sept. 11, a federal emergency response team prepared a report on the day of the attacks recommending that respirators be used at ground zero. But the report was never issued because it was decided that New York City, and not the federal government, should handle worker protection issues. As the magnitude of the recovery operation grew clearer, attempts were made to bring order to the operation. On Sept. 20 the city issued its first safety plan, and it asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to take charge of distributing respirators. In what would become a controversial move, OSHA used its discretionary powers to decide not to enforce workplace safety regulations but to act in a supportive role that would not slow down operations. "Given that the site was operating under emergency conditions, it was normal that we should suspend our enforcement action and assume the roles of consultation and technical assistance," Patricia Clark, OSHA regional administrator for New York, said in a 2003 OSHA publication. OSHA placed emergency orders for tens of thousands of P100 half-face masks with replaceable filters. They cost from $25 to $50 at the time, and were certified to be effective protection against asbestos and most of the dust on the site. But Mr. Worby, whose White Plains-based law firm, Worby Groner Edelman Napoli Bern, is handling the workers' joint action suit, said that even these masks were not adequate protection against the chemicals released by the collapsed buildings. He, and others, believe that ground zero should have been declared a toxic waste site, with workers required to wear hazardous-material suits. Records produced in the lawsuit indicate that the city did receive 75,000 Tyvek suits, white protective overalls often used at hazardous waste sites, but never distributed them at ground zero. Ms. Clark, the OSHA administrator, testified before Congress in October 2003 that the agency distributed 131,000 half-face respirators before the cleanup ended in June 2002, more than three times the number of workers on the site. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency provided 22,000 respirators and the operating engineers' union distributed 11,000. There has been no clear accounting of where they all went. But based on witness accounts and reports by safety officers at the site, it appears that most were used improperly and then discarded. OSHA's own regulations require that masks be tested for fit on each individual wearer, and that men with facial hair must shave for the masks to fit properly. The lawsuit against the city claims that most of the masks were simply handed out, without instructions or testing for fit. "Respirator fit testing done around the World Trade Center was illusory at best," the lawsuit says. A separate lawsuit filed on behalf of downtown residents and schoolchildren exposed to ground zero contamination is pending in federal district court in Manhattan. Several health studies have shown that the closer people came to the debris pile in the early days and weeks after the twin towers collapsed, the more serious are the ailments they develop. A city registry of 71,000 people Ś including responders and residents Ś exposed to the dust showed that people who live downtown have developed respiratory and mental health problems. But they generally have not been as serious as those reported by people who worked directly on the pile. OSHA refused to answer questions about its handling of the respirators. John M. Chavez, a spokesman, said lawyers from the Department of Justice's environmental torts branch, which is handling trade center litigation, advised against talking to reporters about respirators because "the question goes to the heart of the issue of the litigation."

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    After the masks arrived at ground zero, it soon became apparent that distributing them was easier than getting workers to wear them. At that time of passion and heroism, putting on any kind of respirator or mask was an expression of concern about personal safety Ś and for many that seemed selfish and unpatriotic in the midst of unimaginable disaster. By contrast, more than 90 percent of the workers at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, which was overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers, wore respirators. There were other reasons for not wearing the respirators. Scorching temperatures on the pile made working in the masks unbearable. It was nearly impossible for the workers to communicate with each other with masks on, so they pulled them down and many later kept them off. The filters clogged easily in the thick, powdery dust, and replacements were not always readily available. But perhaps the greatest impediments to compliance were the confusing guidelines and spotty enforcement efforts. Overseeing the work, and worker safety, was a horde of government entities that, at its peak, exceeded 30 city, state and federal agencies with overlapping jurisdictions and, at times, contradictory policies. Statements from the E.P.A. about the air being safe contradicted respirator requirements. OSHA eventually established a green line, which it actually painted around the pile, and ordered respirators to be worn inside the green line. But in November 2001 the various government agencies and private contractors entered into a partnership: OSHA agreed not to issue fines or citations, and the contractors vowed to follow regulations. The city, in its legal defense, says it issued advisories, distributed pamphlets and put up signs telling workers to wear respirators. But observers from unions and labor safety organizations, some using binoculars, found no more than half of the workers ever used their respirators. At times, no more than one in five workers were in compliance. The compliance problem at ground zero was regularly brought up at daily safety committee hearings held by the city with other agencies and private contractors. But without strict enforcement, the situation never improved. Frustrated contractors doubted that anything short of "having workers' mother on site to admonish them to comply would be effective," according to records of one of the meetings cited in the legal documents. Mr. Worby, the lawyer, says attempts to blame the workers for not wearing respirators go against the spirit of New York labor laws, which oblige employers to provide safe working environments. He argued that even if doing so was impractical in the first chaotic days after the attacks, rigorous standards could have been imposed in the many months that followed. Lawyers for the injured workers are looking to recoup monetary damages for their pain, suffering, lost days and troubled nights. The city and the 190 private companies named in the lawsuit, which was filed last year, say they did the best they could to balance safety with expediency. They point out that in nine months at ground zero, there was not one fatality. But several recent health studies have shown that exposure to ground zero dust has caused serious respiratory and gastrointestinal problems in hundreds of people who worked at the site. Doctors have also started to notice an unusual number of lung-scarring diseases, especially among firefighters. So far there has been only one death officially linked to dust exposure, that of Detective James Zadroga, whose death early this year was attributed to lung scarring caused by the work he did at ground zero. Both sides in the suit cast an uneasy eye on the future. The city clearly worries that if there is another attack it will not be able to hire contractors and respond to the emergency without fear of becoming entangled in legal liabilities, which could hamper its ability to restore order and protect the city. In the same vein, the workers' representatives ask, if they are again called in to help, will the environmental and labor laws intended to protect them be enforced?
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    June 11, 2006 -- Since 9/11, 283 World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers have been diagnosed with cancer, and 33 of them have died of cancer, says a lawyer for the ailing responders. David Worby, a lawyer for 8,000 World Trade Center responders, including cops, firefighters and construction workers, said the cases blood-cell cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's and myeloma. Doctors say the cancers can strike three to five years after exposure to toxins such as benzene, a cancer-causing chemical that permeated the WTC site from burning jet fuel. "One in 150,000 white males under 40 would normally get the type of acute white blood-cell cancer that strikes a healthy detective," said Worby, whose first client was NYPD narcotics cop John Walcott, now 41. Walcott spent months at Ground Zero and the Fresh Kills landfill. The father of three is fighting leukemia. "We have nearly 35 of these cancers in the family of 50,000 Ground Zero workers. The odds of that occurring are one in hundreds of millions," Worby said. Others suffer tumors of the tongue, throat, testicles, breast, bladder, kidney, colon, intestines, and lung, said Worby, of Worby, Groner, Edelman, & Napoli, Bern, which filed the class-action suit. WTC workers who have died of cancer include paramedic Deborah Reeve, 41 (mesothelioma); NYPD Officer Ronald Weintraub, 43 (bile-duct cancer); and Stephen "Rak" Yurek, 46, a Port Authority emergency technician (brain cancer). The families say they were healthy before 9/11. Dr. Robin Herbert, a director of WTC medical monitoring at Mount Sinai Hospital, said some of the nearly 16,000 responders screened to date are getting cancer. "We do not know at this point if they are WTC-related, but some are unusual cancers we see as red flags," Herbert said. Dr. Iris Udasin, principal investigator for the Mount Sinai screening of 500 in New Jersey, said the 9/11 link is "certainly a possibility," she said. "It's what we worry about, and what we fear."
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    June 26, 2006 -- David Miller coughed into a napkin, leaving behind a quarter-sized smear of blood. The hacking is a constant reminder of the 10 days the National Guardsman spent clearing debris at Ground Zero. Forty-eight hours after he arrived in the smoking aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack, Miller said yesterday, the health effects from airborne debris were obvious and severe. "I was practically blind, I was coughing, I had blisters all up and down my arms," he said. "If I'd been smart I wouldn't have gone back." Today, Miller's health is crumbling. The 39-year-old Bronx construction worker said he suffers chronic lung infections, skin rashes and a 60 percent drop in lung capacity. Miller and several other 9/11 first responders spoke yesterday about lingering health problems at The Community Church of New York on East 35th Street in Manhattan. The forum is part of a series of lectures, films and public protests organized by the nonprofit group New York 9/11 Truth. The organization accuses the government of covering up intelligence failures leading to the attacks and allowing first responders to work in toxic conditions at Ground Zero, among other charges.
    The event came just days after a U.S. Federal Court judge in Manhattan heard a pretrial motion in an ongoing lawsuit against the City of New York brought by more than 8,000 police officers, firefighters and others claiming their health was harmed by exposure to toxic materials at Ground Zero. The city has moved to dismiss the suit, arguing it has legal immunity.Yesterday's panel included several first responders who related their experiences at the site following the attack on the World Trade Center, as well as the long-term health problems they say resulted from breathing toxins at Ground Zero. In addition to these failures, many spoke of lingering psychological effects. Kevin McPadden, a former Air Force medic, said he came to the rubble pile alone on Sept. 11 and spent the next four days searching nearby buildings for bodies and survivors. He said he continues to struggle with depression and anger stemming from his days of working at Ground Zero. Since Sept. 11 he said he's had trouble keeping a job. "Every day is a challenge," he said. "I really don't feel alive. I'm a very bitter man."
    In addition to first responders, the panel included Janette MacKinlay, author of a book describing her 9/11 experiences, who lived across the street from the World Trade Center. MacKinlay was home on the morning of Sept. 11 and she said the windows of her home were blown in when the towers collapsed. MacKinlay sharply criticized what she called the government's failure to address health problems of first responders. "This injustice has become part of the grief and trauma of 9/11," she said.Event organizer Les Jamieson said the forum's purpose was to raise awareness of health problems and other issues associated with working at Ground Zero. "Many people who breathed that air, they won't get sick until eight, 10 years later," he said. "This story is just beginning to unfold." Jamieson also said the event was an opportunity for people who felt they should have been compensated under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to have their stories told. "We're not just talking about health here. There are serious financial and psychological issues as well, and a lot of people are being left out in the cold," he said.
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    What the city is doing is f'ing despicable.

    I hope you and your brothers find resolution for this.

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    Maybe windbags like Ann Coulter and Michael Moore should use their pie holes to do something CONSTRUCTIVE like spreading the message that the tragedy of September 11th 2001 is continuing to unfold. I dont hear the right, the left or the center saying anything. They should be SCREAMING. Ray, I pray for you, your Brothers and Sisters and everyone else that worked on or near that pile. This is a NATIONAL DISGRACE.
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    An alarming number of 9/11?01 responders have been stricken with brain cancer - including six NYPD cops, The Post has learned. At least 11 of the Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers and their families claim in a class-action lawsuit - which includes dozens of other cancer victims - that toxic air and dust caused or triggered the rare, often fatal, brain illness. The six NYPD cops with brain cancer range in age from 33 to 49. Other brain-cancer victims include 2 FDNY fireman, 55 and 48, a female Red Cross social worker, 58, a male Tischman construction worker, 40, a male city transportation worker, 48, and a male city environmental protection worker, 49.
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    July 9, 2006 -- More than 40 World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers have been hit with two cancers - a double whammy they claim stemmed from deadly toxins. The twice-struck are among 330 Ground Zero responders with cancer who have joined 5,000 cops, firefighters and other workers in a class-action suit against the city, said lawyer David Worby. They include Reggie Hilaire, now 35, a rookie NYPD cop on 9/11 who logged 890 hours digging through WTC debris at the Fresh Kills landfill and patrolling Ground Zero. A nonsmoker, he beat thyroid cancer last year, only to learn this year he has multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. "I can't believe this - another cancer?" said Hilaire, the married dad of a 1-year-old. "I feel like, 'What's going to happen next?' I want to see my son grow up." Other dual-cancer victims include a female NYPD cop, 40 (tongue and myeloma); a Con-Ed worker, 39 (stomach and testicular); a sanitation worker, 48 (liver and leukemia); a housing worker, 39 (throat and liver); and an NYPD cop, 55 (bladder and kidney). Hilaire, now on limited duty in East Harlem, wrote to The Post after reading about the growing list of 9/11 cancer cases. "I thought I was the only one," he said. Worby lists 24 other 9/11 responders with thyroid cancer. He contends lethal combinations of dioxins, PCBs and benzene accelerated carcinogens - triggering various cancers - while pulverized metals like lead, mercury and cadmium weakened the immune system. "It's a knockout punch," he said. Public-health experts said the cancer toll deserves close attention. "Sadly, it's not surprising. This was the worst toxic-waste site in history," said Donna Flayhan, director of the Lower Manhattan Public Health Project. "We're just seeing the tip of the iceberg now, and it's scary." Epidemiologist Colin Begg of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center said doctors can gauge whether WTC toxins caused cancer by comparing cancer rates in 9/11 workers with normal rates in the same sex and age groups. "If I were the government, I'd want to look at these numbers and do a rough calculation to see if they suggest an increased risk, and whether to do a much more careful study," Begg said.
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    July 18, 2006 -- Heartless city officials denied family members of a hero cop who died after working at Ground Zero the pension they're entitled to - because he was on his deathbed and couldn't sign the paperwork, his wife charges in a lawsuit. Ronald Weintraub, a muscular 43-year-old father of two assigned to Midtown South, died of liver-related bile-duct cancer on Nov. 16. "I'm shocked. It sure is a slap in the face. Ronnie did things for the city and the city is doing nothing for him. All I want is fairness," said his widow, Eileen, who filed suit in Manhattan state Supreme Court. "I'm trying to care for my family through Ronnie. He told me, 'I'm not afraid of dying. But I'm afraid of having my children without a daddy.' " Weintraub worked at the World Trade Center site more than 100 hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association said. A state law, approved last year, presumptively provides disability benefits to 9/11 workers who've fallen ill from toxic exposure. But the city's Police Pension Fund denied Weintraub and his family a disability pension, which would have entitled them to 85 percent to 90 percent of his final salary, plus medical benefits, PBA officials said. Instead, the Weintraubs received a regular pension, at half salary and far fewer benefits. The reason: Weintraub never filled out the paperwork himself. The police pension board rejected his disability-pension application in March because it was signed by a PBA representative. His widow - who has been left to care for her two children, Daniella, 9, and Ryan, 4 - said there's a very good reason her husband didn't fill out the form. He was dying. She said the city should admit a mistake and provide the benefits, as it did in the case of former Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington, who suffers from respiratory illness from working at Ground Zero. Mayor Bloombag dropped the city's fight to block workers' compensation benefits for Washington after The Post highlighted his case. In Weintraub's court papers, PBA lawyer Michael Murray called the city's decision against Weintraub "hypertechnical" and counter to the intent of the World Trade Center disability law.
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    What a sad state of affairs. And how daunting to realize this is only the beginning and will go on for years and years and years.

    Slap in the face indeed.
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