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  • Victim Compensation Fund9/11 InjuriesPolice Officers

    Barasch & McGarry Blows Whistle on Corrupt Attorney Who Stole $1 Million From 9/11 Disabled Cop

    By Michael Barasch

    NYPD veteran John Ferreyra figured he could trust his longtime friend Gus Vila, a former police officer who had since become an attorney, and who handled Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims. After the 9/11 attacks, Officer Ferreyra spent 12 hour days for 2 months assisting in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He […]

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  • Sales of License Plates Commemorating 9/11 Off to a Strong Start

    9/11 Injuries

    Sales of License Plates Commemorating 9/11 Off to a Strong Start

    By Michael Barasch

    A strong early response has demonstrated the demand for commemorative 9/11 license plates within New York State. After many years, the Department of Motor Vehicles finally agreed to issue the plates, with part of the proceeds going to a charity benefiting family members of World Trade Center victims. Fewer than three days after the plates […]

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  • Health Programs9/11 InjuriesZadroga Act

    Death of 9/11 Hero Should Stir Zadroga Act Support

    By Michael Barasch

    The death on September 10 of a Yonkers policeman from 9/11-related cancer did not arouse sufficient support for Congress to renew the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, before it expired on September 30. But Lt. Roy McLaughlin’s life and untimely death should stand as a reminder of the urgent need to extend […]

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