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State Extends Sept. 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for Five Years

On July 7, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill extending the Sept. 11th Worker Protection Task Force for another five years. Sponsors of the legislation cited the positive role of the Task Force in helping those afflicted with disabilities after working at the World Trade Center in the wake of the 2001 […]

9/11-Related Cancer Causes Death of Deputy Marshal

Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro died June 14 of cancer reportedly connected to his work as a first responder on and immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The World Trade Center Health Program had previously deemed Toro’s illness to be a direct result of his work at Ground Zero. Due to the […]

What Types of Illnesses Have 9/11 First Responders Developed?

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many firefighters, police offers, public workers and everyday citizens rushed to Ground Zero to help search for and rescue survivors. As time has passed, many first responders have developed severe illnesses from 9/11-related work. The following are several types of illness first responders are at a significant […]


Please be aware that there is a critical deadline for all construction workers and first responders who worked at the WTC site. Anyone diagnosed with PROSTATE CANCER between September 11, 2005 and Sept. 11, 2013 must register with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) by October 21, 2015. In fact, anyone with a certified World Trade […]

Advocacy Group Sheds Light on Opponents of 9/11 Benefits Extension

Advocacy organization Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act launched a website on July 2, allowing anyone to research lawmakers’ stances on the extension of the law, along with any comments an elected official has said regarding the attacks of September 11, 2001. The creation of this website comes at a critical moment […]

After Decades, Crossroads Reopen at World Trade Center Site

In late June, pedestrians were able to use crossroads in lower Manhattan that have not been used since the 1960s. The crossroads were initially taken over by the construction of the original World Trade Center towers, and after September 11, 2001, the area was closed to the public and the site was dedicated to rescue […]

Governor Signs Five-Year Extension to 9/11 Task Force

On July 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bipartisan bill extending the work of a task force designed to provide assistance to 9/11 first responders. The bill was sponsored by two Brooklyn lawmakers and extends the efforts of the Worker Protection Task Force Act for five more years. Through the extension, the task […]

Local Neighbors Honor Local 9/11 Victims in Queens

Neighbors in New York’s Queens borough came together on June 20 to memorialize three residents who were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center. The neighborhood service also included the unveiling and dedication of a Fallen Heroes Mural depicting the faces of the three men over the original World Trade […]

Critical Deadline Approaches for 9/11 First Responders with Prostate Cancer

Many of the heroic first responders who came to the aid of other Americans after the 9/11 attacks later experienced serious illness. Sixty-two different cancers have been linked to exposure to the toxic rubble and dust of the World Trade Center. Luckily, many of these heroes and their families have fought hard to ensure that […]

Advocates Pressure Congress to Extend Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

Advocates from the World Trade Center Health Program are urging lawmakers in Congress to pass an extension of a law that provides medical benefits for 9/11 first responders. The law, called the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, took effect in 2011 and provides medical monitoring and treatment for those who worked at Ground […]


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