9/11 first responders push Cuomo to sign pension bill

By Bernadette Hogan with the New York Post

September 02, 2019

Originally published in The New York Post on September 02, 2019.

Sept. 11 first responders and state pols are pressing Gov. Cuomo to sign a bill granting better pension benefits to public employees disabled following Ground Zero rescue and recovery work.

A bill that passed the Legislature in June expands the World Trade Center Disability Law to include nonuniformed responders.

“We have a moral obligation to do this,” state Senate sponsor Jim Gaughran (D-Suffolk) told The Post, arguing that uniformed responders, such as cops and firefighters, are covered, but others, such as transit workers and civil engineers, are left out.

“They all breathed the same toxic air and touched the same toxic stuff,” Gaughran said.

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