9/11 Notice Act
Frequently Asked Questions
With the signing of the 9/11 Notice Act into law by Governor Kathy Hochul, thousands of individuals who were exposed to toxins in Lower Manhattan will be notified by their employers of their right to register for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and World Trade Center Health Program.
The signing of the legislation, passed unanimously by the State Senate and Assembly in 2023 and introduced by Assemblyman Nader Sayegh (D-Dist. 90 Yonkers) and Senator Brian Kavanagh (D-Dist. 27 Manhattan), will ensure that individuals who were in the Lower Manhattan and northern Brooklyn exposure zones between September 2001 and the end of May 2002 are made aware by employers of their rights to register for protection.
New York State’s Department of Labor and Department of Economic Development will coordinate to develop a plan to provide adequate notice of the benefits available.
The act will help to inform many of the 400,000 survivors – people who worked in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 – about their right to access the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
All of the survivors have an increased risk of developing 69 different types of cancer and many severe respiratory illnesses.
Many of the downtown workers have since moved away from the New York City area and are unaware of their right to access the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 VCF.
Barasch & McGarry Managing Partner, Michael Barasch, who represents more than 35,000 members of the 9/11 community, worked closely with Assemblyman Nader Sayegh and Senator Brian Kavanagh to develop the legislation and advocate for its enactment.
To read the text of the 9/11 Notice Act, visit: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2023/S2946/amendment/B
We will provide information about how the bill will function as details become available.