SENATOR BALL CREATES PETITION TO URGE GOVERNOR TO SIGN BILL FOR CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS KILLED BY 9/11 ILLNESSES

 


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    Brewster, N.Y. – 9/10/2013 – On
    the eve of the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Senator Greg
    Ball is urging Governor Cuomo to sign a bill into law that would correct a flaw
    in the FDNY legacy points system that has knocked the dreams of children of 9-11
    heroes seeking to serve in their parents’ footsteps.


     


    The Daily News, Fox News and other media outlets have
    covered the compelling stories of these children. The news reports explain that
    the dreams of these children in becoming firefighters to follow in the
    footsteps of their parents who died of Ground Zero-related illnesses has
    slipped because of a complicated legacy points system that inexplicably awards
    such points to children of EMTs and siblings of firefighters who died as a
    result of Ground Zero rescue and recovery illnesses, but does not award those
    points to the children of firefighters who made the same ultimate sacrifice.


     


    Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –
    Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military
    Affairs Committee, has passed a piece of legislation (S5585) to rectify the
    injustice to these young men.  Highlighting
    a staple of Senator Ball’s efforts to work with both parties in the
    legislature, and further highlighting the straightforward equity the bill seeks
    to achieve, the bill passed swiftly in both chambers of the legislature.  However, the bill remains unsigned and with
    each passing day, the affected children’s dreams of following in their parents’
    footsteps become less li
    kely.  Senator Ball has now created a petition that
    he is asking residents to sign.


     


    “September 11th is an extremely
    emotional time of year for these children that lost their parents and our
    heroes. We lost so many brave souls on 9-11 and we still reel from those
    senseless murders by gutless cowards. What some do not know is that many of
    those brave enough to respond and blessed enough to survive on 9-11 are
    suffering and dying from ailments connected to their time spent at and around
    Ground Zero. Many sucked in a ‘witches brew’ of poisons destroying their
    bodies. We must honor their sacrifice by giving their children the same
    opportunity we currently give to children of EMT’s and siblings of police
    officers and firefighters who were killed the day of,” said Senator Greg Ball.
    “I am urging everyone to sign this petition to send a strong message to
    Governor Cuomo that we want this piece of legislation signed into law to honor
    those that have given so much for us.”


     


    The bill clarifies existing law
    by defining the term “killed in the line of duty” to include deaths that were
    the natural and proximate result of either the attacks on September 11, 2001 or
    participating in the rescue effort that was conducted in response to the
    attacks on September 11, 2001.


     


    Often times, legacy points make
    the difference between deserving candidates languishing on civil service lists
    for years or being selected to fulfill their dreams of following in their
    fallen parent’s footsteps in becoming first responders.


     


    James Tancredi, son of Lt.
    Vincent Tancredi who passed away in 2008 from a 9/11 illness said this is a
    very emotional time of year for his family.


     


    “The upcoming anniversary of the
    9/11 attacks is an emotional time for all Americans. In particularly those
    directly affected, like my family among many others. Our parents paid the
    ultimate sacrifice as a direct result of the rescue and recovery effort at
    ground zero. We are just looking for equal treatment to the siblings of fellow
    firefighters and children of EMTs who also passed away heroically,” said
    Tancredi. “We ask Governor Cuomo to please sign bill S5585 in order to correct
    an oversight, which took away our legacy points, and help our dreams become a
    reality.”


     


    John Sullivan Jr., son of John
    Sullivan - Ladder 34, who passed away in 2010 from a Sept. 11 illness said he
    is urging Governor Cuomo to honor his father.


     


    “To quote Governor Cuomo himself,
    ‘As New Yorkers and Americans gather on the anniversary of the tragic terrorist
    attacks, we pause once again to remember those we lost and the enormous
    sacrifice of the brave heroes who rushed into the gravest of dangers.’ Our
    fathers RUSHED to answer when called upon. We now ask the Governor answer
    ours,” said Sullivan. “My father was taken from me as result of his actions
    that day. I only ask that his legacy be recognized accordingly."

     

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