Senate Passes Legislation For Victims Traumatized By 9/11

Thomas P. Morahan

March 28, 2007

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced final Legislative passage of a bill (S3039) that allows victims traumatized by the events of September 11th, including family members of those who died in the attacks, to receive reimbursement for counseling expenses.

"The legislation allows those who lost loved ones, or who were victims of the attacks, deal with the trauma of that fateful day by covering critical counseling costs, thereby, facilitating the healing process," said Senator Morahan.

In the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Governor Pataki issued a series of Executive Orders which allowed the Crime Victims Board (CVB) to pay for the counseling costs of injured victims and their families. As these executive orders have now expired, the Senate has legislated that the CVB continue to reimburse critical counseling costs for those who still suffer from the traumatic events of that day.

Specifically, this legislation will:

Reimburse counseling expenses for victims’ family members, relief workers and witnesses traumatized by the events of 9/11. In addition this legislation will reimburse medical and counseling expenses for victims injured in the World Trade Center Attacks

Permanently eliminate the payment of filing fees relating to the estates of the victims of the World Trade Center Attacks

Cover burial expenses for family members who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center Attacks.

This bill has been passed by the Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.