Senate Passes Bill to Improve the September 11th Workers Protection Task Force
Legislation Extends Task Force For An Additional Five Years
(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (S7456) improving the September 11th Workers Protection Task Force, allowing the Task Force to continue to provide vital assistance to the thousands of heroes of September 11th.
Included in the legislation are measures to extend the task force for another five years and expand the composition of the Task Force.
The September 11th Workers Protection Task Force has played a central role in identifying additional issues that have arisen from the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the former World Trade Center site. While significant progress has been made, the work of the Task Force is not complete.
This legislation will allow the Task Force to continue to monitor the situation and provide support to the brave men and women of September 11th, ensuring these individuals receive the most efficient medical treatment and continued support.
Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Brooklyn) said, “The Task Force has done very valuable work over the past five years, addressing the immediate impact on the workers who responded to the WTC attack, but it is clear that the work is not done. Now, we are starting to see the long-term adverse effects of the exposure that many heroic 1st responders are now presented with. This is why the work of the Task Force needs to continue.”
Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) said, “The September 11th Worker Protection Task Force has played a critical role in our city’s recovery efforts – by adding the Mount Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine to the Task Force and extending it for five years, we can ensure that rescue and recovery workers who risked their lives for our community continue to receive the proper medical care and support they deserve. I thank Senator Savino for working so hard to push this bill through the Senate.”
Senator Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) said, “The September 11th attacks have made it clear that the protections given to the previous century's workers do not adequately cover the catastrophic risks of the 21st Century. In 2010, paying for medical benefits and compensating workers insured in the course of the rescue and cleanup will cost billions. The Federal government has promised to pay for some of the cost, and now New York State is stepping up to the plate for them in this difficult financial time to give our 9/11 workers an extension of the Task Force that will help with the remainder of the financial burden regarding their medical treatment and continued support."
Information about this legislation can be found online at http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/api/1.0/html/bill/S7456