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  • Violinist Whose Music Comforted 9/11 First Responders Dies

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    Violinist Whose Music Comforted 9/11 First Responders Dies

    By Michael Barasch

    Though she wasn’t a firefighter, police officer or EMT, Marya Columbia described herself as a “responder” when applying for the World Trade Center Health Program. She qualified for benefits as a survivor because her Lower Manhattan apartment was in the designated exposure zone. However, that classification does not begin to describe Ms. Columbia’s contribution to […]

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  • City’s Highest Civic Honor Awarded to Advocates for 9/11 Illness Victims

    9/11 Injuries

    City’s Highest Civic Honor Awarded to Advocates for 9/11 Illness Victims

    By Michael Barasch

    After years of worry that the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund might expire, New Yorkers and people from around the country celebrated the law that authorized its extension through the year 2090. The new law and its updated, strengthened provisions would not have come without the efforts of many dedicated advocates, some of whom are […]

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    State Appeals Court Clears Way for Compensation for 9/11 Volunteers

    By Michael Barasch

    In June, a state court of appeals overturned a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Board that denied injury compensation to certain 9/11 volunteer workers. In September 2001, Jaime Hazan, now 43, was an emergency medical technician. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, Mr. Hazan volunteered at a triage area at Chelsea Piers. The following […]

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