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    (Front row from left to right: James Sullivan, Jennifer McNamara, Christopher Horgan, Norman R. Cerullo, Senator Greg Ball, Larry Sullivan Jr., Rich Palmer and John Feal)

    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 childern of 9-11 heroes seeking to serve in their father’s footsteps.

    The story of these young men has been covered by the Daily News and also on Fox News. The news reports explain that the dreams of these young men in becoming firefighters to serve in the footsteps of their fathers who died of Ground Zero-related illness has slipped because of a complicated legacy points system that has considered the death of their fathers ‘administrative’ and not ‘in line of duty’.

    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 men. Senator Ball has now created a petition that he is asking residents to sign.

    “September 11th is an extremely emotional time of year for all Americans, but especially for these young men that lost their fathers 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.

    Sign Senator Greg Ball’s petition below: