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  • Leading New York attorney, Michael Block, Esq. a New York fire fighter litigation lawyer from the law firm of - Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. says that New York City’s position is an insult to the men and women who got the job done during the time when we all needed them most. Manhattan, New York (NewYorkInjuryNews.com-Press Report) — New York City has taken the position that the City and the contractors who were in charge of the clean-up are immune to lawsuits filed by workers that claimed that they’ve contracted respiratory illnesses during the cleanup at the World Trade Center site. They claim that laws enacted during the height of the cold war with the Soviet Union give them absolute protection against liability claims, amongst other claims of immunity.That position is an insult to the men and women who got the job done during the time when we all needed them most. Although the United States District Court assigned to this case wanted to let pre-trial proceedings get underway, the City and the contractors obtained a stay of all litigation from an appeals court until it rules on their claim that they have absolute governmental immunity. What is most frustrating is that the City is holding captive a $1 billion insurance fund that was established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as liability protection for the city. Amazingly, the city has not settled any claims for any of the workers. Instead, this money is being used to pay attorney fees to lawyers for the city and its contractors who still deny that there might be a connection between the lung damage and the other diseases that so many of the workers are now suffering from after having been exposed to so many toxins while working at ground zero. The City continues to talk out of two sides of its mouth: In the courtroom, it argues that the Fund was not intended to be a pile of money waiting to be distributed to the workers. In front of the media, the City spins things to create an impression that it has only the victims and the health of our citizens in mind.

    Contributor: Michael Block, Esq. - New York Fire Fighter Litigation Attorney - Mr. Block has been general counsel to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the 8,000 plus member labor union representing New York City firefighters

    Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C.
    Manhattan Office
    120 Broadway - 18th Floor
    New York, NY 10271
    Phone: 212-732-9000
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    • Thank You...NEVER FORGET
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      • NY Daily News -- Death of 9/11/01 Firefighter Jim Ryan
        They didn't find that out until early Christmas morning 2009, eight years later, when the firefighter's lungs finally overfilled with fluids, the side-effects of pancreatic cancer inflicted on him by the toxic dust he swallowed in hundreds of hours at WTC Ground Zero.

        Ryan answered the call of duty on 9/11/01, then went beyond, returning to the blasted ground for months. First, he hunted survivors, then victims, then just fragments of people - his FDNY brothers among them - whose lives and bodies were shattered that day.

        He didn't realize how his own life was being shattered. Officials said the air was safe. He got cancer in 2006 that the Fire Department said came from the poison rubble. He beat it once. He couldn't beat it a second time, as a 48-year-old father of three.

        On Christmas Eve, he tried to be himself, optimistic, helping with the morning dishes in his Kings Park, L.I., home as if he were not dying. By then, though, he had been off his cancer treatments since November because they no longer worked.

        "That's just the way he is," his wife, Magda, said Christmas night, hours after her husband lost his final struggle.

        That's the way most real heroes are, but there were no national headlines the next day mourning a hero firefighter's death, the way there were on Sept. 12, 2001, when 343 of Ryan's brethren met their ends.

        The news yesterday was instead full of a botched airline terror attempt.

        According to the reports, a young Nigerian man on a plane landing in Detroit had attempted to set ablaze chemicals taped to his leg. He burned himself, and achieved an effect like popping firecrackers before a passenger tackled him.

        A flash and some smoke and some fear, and the whole world cared.

        The suspected terrorist failed. He killed no one, unlike the monsters of 9/11, whose grim tally keeps climbing. Now including James Ryan.

        He is a victim of the same killers who slammed the planes into the twin towers, the same killers who may be behind the Detroit flameout.

        Yet for him, and for other recent 9/11 casualties like the NYPD's James Zadroga and the FDNY's John McNamara, our attention and care is selective. They didn't die amid the first flash and fire and fear, and are not being treated the same. Their families are not getting the help their predecessors in death got.

        There is an answer. There is an attempt to make our nation care - a bill in Congress named after Zadroga that would spend $11 billion over 30 years to help Magda Ryan support her children as a single mother, and help thousands of other first responders, construction workers, clergy and volunteers who are ill and suffering the mounting effects of the worst terror attack in U.S. history.

        But like the rest of America, Congress is distracted by flashier things. Those who responded on 9/11 - there are some 60,000 whose health is being monitored across most of the nation - are not a top priority.

        The latest politician to put them on the back burner is New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, who promised in September to bring up the bill in his subcommittee in October. He never did. The Daily News asked three times what happened. Pallone's office answered twice that they'd look into it.

        We're still waiting, and so are the ailing heroes of Sept.11, and the spouses and children of the dead and dying, because Jim Ryan will not be the last victim of Sept. 11.
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        • New York, NY – On Tuesday January 5th 2010 , 9/11/01 first responders and elected officials will gather near Ground Zero to read the names of more than one hundred 9/11 responders and others who have died of illnesses caused by the attacks. Tuesday is the fourth anniversary of the death of NYPD Detective James Zadroga, the first 9/11 responder whose death was officially linked to his work at Ground Zero.



          On Christmas day, FDNY hero and 9/11 responder Jim Ryan passed away of cancer caused by the 9/11 attacks, making him the latest victim of a health crisis that has been ignored by Washington for far too long. The 9/11 responders and others will demand passage of the federal James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which will provide long-overdue help to those who are suffering with illnesses caused by the attacks.



          WHO: Fealgood Foundation; NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation; 9/11 Police Aid Foundation; elected officials; loved ones of 9/11 responders who have passed away



          WHAT: Gathering of 9/11 responders to read the names of those who have died of illnesses caused by the 9/11 attacks



          WHEN: Tuesday, January 5th

          11:00am



          WHERE: Plaza in front of 7 World Trade Center

          Greenwich and Vesey Streets, Lower Manhattan
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          • January 6, 2010 -- A hundred first responders gathered at Ground Zero Tuesday to honor the first person to die of 9/11/01-related illness - and to push for the health care bill that bears his name. The rally to push the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to a congressional vote took place on the fourth anniversary of NYPD Detective James Zadroga's death. "Redundancy, poor leadership, neglect and denial are all illnesses killing 9/11 first responders today," said John Feal, head of the Feal Good Foundation, which works to help those suffering from 9/11/01-related ailments. The James Zadroga bill would put $11 billion toward monitoring and treatment. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), one of the bill's sponsors, called the lack of federal support for 9/11 responders irresponsible. "We do not want to be here for another anniversary of James Zadroga's death," she said. "Thousands lost their lives on 9/11, but thousands more lost their health."
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            • First Responders Want Aid for 9/11 Illnesses
              January 07, 2010 NEW YORK-- Four years ago this day, NYPD detective James Zadroga passed away. His death was the first 9/11 responder death that was officially linked to working at ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

              A commemoration for his death took place near ground zero on Tuesday. Members of the 9/11 Police Aid Foundation, the NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation, and the FealGood Foundation gathered together to read approximately 100 names of 9/11 responders who have died as a result of illnesses that occurred after doing rescue and recovery operations in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

              One of the main reasons for the gathering was not just for the memorial of responders who died due to the aftermath of 9/11, but to support H.R. 847, the James Zadroga Health & Compensation Act, in the the U.S. House of Representatives.

              James Zadroga was 34 when he died on Jan. 5, 2006, due to respiratory problems that resulted from doing about 400 hours of work near the remains of the World Trade Center.

              “Our ranks are being decimated,” said Kenny Specht, an FDNY cancer survivor, who contracted cancer as a result of doing rescue operations at ground zero. “We are worth the 30 years of comprehensive medical monitoring this bill will provide for,” he said.

              “We must pass this bill,” said one of the main sponsors of the bill, Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney. The bill is “the least we can do” to support the recovery workers at ground zero, she added.

              The bill gives additional health care to people directly impacted by ground zero like recovery workers, cleanup workers, and occupants who live and work around the site. Also included in the bill is compensation for individuals affected directly by ground zero. Currently, ground zero workers have not received any compensation from the government.

              “I hope we can finally pass comprehensive 9/11 health legislation before any more names are added to the list of those who died from 9/11-related illnesses,” said Rep. Maloney.

              One of the most recent victims of long-term health damage, FDNY firefighter Jim Ryan, died on Christmas Day due to pancreatic cancer contracted from working at ground zero for three months, reported Firefighter Hourly.

              John Feal, chair of the nonprofit FealGood Foundation, said, “We're not going to play dead. We're going to fight.” The FealGood Foundation aims to raise awareness of the health problems suffered by 9/11 first responders. “While the moral compass points south in Washington, ours is righteous. We will continue to fight,” said Feal.

              “I still have to answer to my granddaughter,” said former North Arlington Police Chief Joe Zadroga. “She asks me why did he [James Zadroga] have to go? He went because he felt it was his duty,” said Zadroga, who thinks there should be a “compensation fund for civilians” who suffer from severe health problems due to ground zero work.
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              • GOOD NEWS --May they now rest in peace

                January 7, 2010 -- Two more victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks have been identified through DNA tests of human remains from the World Trade Center site, the New York City medical examiner's office said on Thursday. Two women were identified by referencing DNA from the remains with a database of DNA profiles from victims of the attack, said Ellen Borakove, a medical examiner's spokeswoman. The families requested their names not be released. More than eight years after two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center killing 2,759 people in New York, including the 10 hijackers aboard the planes, 8,976 human remains are still being tested in order to be linked to a victim. Of the 21,744 remains uncovered since 2001, 59 percent have been identified, corresponding to 1,626 of the 2,749 dead. The victims whose remains were not matched to remains received a death certificate stating they were homicide victims, but the body had not been found. Remains can be identified through markings such as tattoos, dental X-rays or DNA testing, among other things. "One by one, the numbers (of identifications) are going up," said Borakove, and thanks to regular improvements in DNA extraction, "we are constantly working to identify the remains."

                Since January 2006, 25 victims were matched to remains.
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                • THANK YOU, Webteam!

                  And a HUGE THANKS to Ray for continuing to keep us informed. Our thoughts are with you, my friend.
                  September 11th - Never Forget

                  I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                  Sheri
                  IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
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                  • Folks,

                    I wanted to apologize for locking this thread earlier and thank you for bringing it to our attention. It was an honest error when cleaning up some of the older forums. We are very well aware of the importance of this thread--we've lost too many first responders to illnesses and injuries since the 343 firefighter's were killed on Sept. 11. We did not intend to lock this thread, but it's been re-established to continue bringing updates that are relevant to thousands of our users.

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                    • Thank you.

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                      • by Ari Paul
                        January 2010

                        Aiding 9/11's New Victims Advocates for those who became sick or who died from working at Ground Zero want aid from Congress and recognition from City Hall. 9/11 Health Care Bill Could Get Boost in Congress By: Ari Paul
                        There’s a type of wind that blows in off the North Shore of Long Island that is not only so sharp and cold it burns your face but also has enough force that if it hits you at the right angle, it can knock the air away from your mouth as you try to inhale. Just after Christmas, as firefighters gathered outside a Suffolk County church for the funeral of retired firefighter James Ryan -- who died from cancer doctors believe was caused by toxins he was exposed to while doing recovery work at Ground Zero -- the burning wind augmented another chilly reality for New York’s Bravest: Ryan was not the first front-line responder to die from a 9/11-related illness, and he will certainly not be the last.

                        Exactly a week later, many of those same responders gathered by the World Trade Center site to read the names of 9/11 responders and Ground Zero recovery workers who have died from illnesses related to their duty. It was the fourth anniversary of the death a another notable responder, New York Police Department Detective James Zadroga, whose name is attached to a bill in Congress that would establish permanent funding for health treatment and monitoring programs for 9/11 response workers and lower Manhattan residents, students and workers.

                        The medical centers treating the thousands of 9/11 responders as well as lower Manhattan residents and workers suffering from respiratory ailments and mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder survive on annual appropriations funding from Congress. Already a precarious situation, the financial crisis makes things shaker, which is why advocates are intensifying their push for a more reliable funding source.

                        Show Us the Money
                        The hold-up -- legislatively speaking -- is in the House Energy Committee. The bill has two parts. The compensation and health component was approved with bipartisan support in the Judiciary Committee on the former aspects terms, but the health subcommittee of the Energy Committee hasn’t voted on it, as its chair, New Jersey Democrat Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, both Democrats, and Peter King, a Republican, -- say the votes are there.

                        However, it has been difficult for lawmakers outside the tri-state area to commit to it, since the measure carries an undetermined price tag. "I am more confident than I have ever been, but like anything it's never done until it’s done," Maloney said, noting that the Zadroga Act has the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

                        The bill has had a complicated history among the various groups who support long-term federal funding. The main city police union -- the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association -- has opposed the bill’s current language because it does not specifically mention certain cancers. They have feared this means that members who develop those cancers would not be covered. Other police and first-response unions believed it is more important to pass the bill now and tweak conditions -- such as adding the cancers -- later.

                        Resident and worker groups such as Beyond Ground Zero have had similar reservations and also noted that the bill covered residents, students and workers only from Houston street to South Ferry in Manhattan. They believe that the coverage area should extend at least to 14th Street, of not higher.

                        Even if the activists can push the measure through the House, the Senate will be another story. If the health-care reform bill is any indication, the Senate is far more averse to government funding for health-care than the House. And the senator who had been credited with pushing for much of the current temporary funding, Hillary Clinton, is now secretary of state.

                        At the ceremony on the anniversary of Zadroga’s death, John Feal -- who heads a 9/11 responders group called the Feal Good Foundation -- showed his technique for passing the bill as soon as possible by displaying his chief weapon: a piece of Whole Foods pork.

                        "That’s how we get votes right? We give someone in Washington some pork," he said, citing the recent drive to pass the health-care reform bill by offering funding provisions geared to specific states. "So what I’m going to do is mail every member of Congress one these pieces of pork, and I'm going to put a 9/11 responder’s name on it."

                        Death and Glory
                        Meanwhile, the 9/11 first responders, their families and supporters face other issues as well.

                        Ryan’s funeral, at first glance, looked like the typically ornate send-off the city's fire department is famous for: the Emerald Society’s rendition of "Amazing Grace" and a salute by columns of uniformed members. But it wasn’t an official Fire Department event with eulogies from the mayor and commissioner. Those events are reserved for firefighters who die on or as a result of injuries sustained on their shift. Those who die years later don’t count, and 9/11 responder families take this as a snub.

                        Fire Department officials responded that while members who die long after 9/11 don’t get the official "line of duty" funeral, Ryan and many others did retire with a disability pension, meaning they get three fourths of their average annual salary for their last three years on the job, as opposed to half the salary, which is the standard benefit. In addition, they said, Ryan's family was virtually guaranteed a full death benefit.

                        But for many first responder advocates, including the heads of unions and fraternal groups, the pomp and circumstance matters. They have voiced their protests for people, such Paramedic Deborah Reeve, a dead Ground Zero worker whose death was designated an "administrative line of duty death." One activist joked that this sounded like she died from a paper cut.

                        There is a split between how the police and fire departments handle this kind of death in terms of memorials. Police officers like Zadroga, have their names displayed on the police department's memorial wall in lower Manhattan, along with cops who died on their shift, such as officers shot and killed by assailants. Ryan’s name, though, will not be affixed to the Fire Department's memorial wall at its downtown Brooklyn headquarters, along with the 343 FDNY members perished as the towers collapsed.

                        Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the power to set a single standard for honoring uniformed responders who die in the line of duty. But he has said he won’t. "I think each agency has to make its own policies," he said at a recent press conference. "There are great traditions that go back a long ways in both these departments."

                        Uniformed Firefighters Association president Steve Cassidy said that after Ryan’s funeral, much of the media coverage treated his as a line-of-duty death -- more than had been the case for another responder who had died before him. This, Cassidy said, gives him hope that pressure has increased not only on Washington to enact the Zadroga bill but also for the city to give further honors to responders like Ryan.

                        "A sense of change is in the air," he said.
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                        • January 26, 20010 -- Firefighter Brian McCauley died yesterday of cancer at the age of 42. Today, his friends brought their grief and anger to the Long Branch, N.J., office of one of the congressmen who has failed to move legislation that would permanently help other people who sacrificed at Ground Zero. “They’re turning their backs on guys like Brian,” said Larry Feilich, an FDNY dispatcher from the Bronx, who last saw McCauley about a month ago.
                          “I’m on my second set of widows,” said the Rev. Bill Minson, who offered counseling after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and finds himself doing it again and again. Minson and Feilich were among dozens of protesters who targeted Rep. Frank Pallone for not moving a major part of the $11 billion legislation that would reopen the Sept. 11 victims’ fund and guarantee health care for responders who don’t have it. Pallone heads the Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health, which has jurisdiction over about $3 billion of the bill, which would cover 30 years. Pallone had promised to bring that legislation up for action back in September, but he has not. His office responded that it hasn’t moved because Pallone doesn’t think the measure will pass. “The congressman is a strong supporter of the bill and is working to get enough support to vote it out of committee,” said spokesman Richard McGrath. “Right now there isn’t enough support and if we bring it up for a vote and we lose, it will all but kill the bill. The congressman is optimistic that we will get the support and the votes needed. This is an important cause that we believe in.” “I don’t know what it’s going to take, but these people are not going to go away,” said Minson of the advocates. “They’re dying every day,” said Feilich of the responders.
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                          • Originally posted by E40FDNYL35 View Post
                            January 26, 20010 -- Firefighter Brian McCauley died yesterday of cancer at the age of 42. Today, his friends brought their grief and anger to the Long Branch, N.J., office of one of the congressmen who has failed to move legislation that would permanently help other people who sacrificed at Ground Zero. “They’re turning their backs on guys like Brian,” said Larry Feilich, an FDNY dispatcher from the Bronx, who last saw McCauley about a month ago.
                            “I’m on my second set of widows,” said the Rev. Bill Minson, who offered counseling after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and finds himself doing it again and again. Minson and Feilich were among dozens of protesters who targeted Rep. Frank Pallone for not moving a major part of the $11 billion legislation that would reopen the Sept. 11 victims’ fund and guarantee health care for responders who don’t have it. Pallone heads the Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health, which has jurisdiction over about $3 billion of the bill, which would cover 30 years. Pallone had promised to bring that legislation up for action back in September, but he has not. His office responded that it hasn’t moved because Pallone doesn’t think the measure will pass. “The congressman is a strong supporter of the bill and is working to get enough support to vote it out of committee,” said spokesman Richard McGrath. “Right now there isn’t enough support and if we bring it up for a vote and we lose, it will all but kill the bill. The congressman is optimistic that we will get the support and the votes needed. This is an important cause that we believe in.” “I don’t know what it’s going to take, but these people are not going to go away,” said Minson of the advocates. “They’re dying every day,” said Feilich of the responders.
                            E40 thanks for your vigil and updates. Its only througfh dedication of people like yourself that this doesn't get scuffed back under the rug. Have you heard that in California, all cancers will now be presumed job related? I don't know if this will give your case any more impetus, but heres hoping.
                            God Bless
                            Bryan

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                            • My deepest sympathies to the McCauley family and Brian's friends and brother firefighters.

                              Rest peacefully in the arms of the angels, Brian.
                              September 11th - Never Forget

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                                'Ground Zero' workers reach deal on claims

                                AFP March 12, 2010 5:02 AM

                                AFP NEW YORK - More than 10,000 people who worked in the toxic chaos of New York's Ground Zero after 9/11 could receive compensation totaling 657 million dollars for health problems under a deal reached Thursday.

                                Thousands of plaintiffs, mostly firefighters, police and construction workers, have sued the city for what they say are health problems connected to work in the debris of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

                                On Thursday, the head of an insurance company that was funded with federal dollars to insure New York City against claims by many of the plaintiffs related said a potential deal to pay out up to 657 million dollars (479 million euros) had been reached.

                                "We have reached a settlement that is fair under difficult and complicated circumstances," said Christine LaSala, president of WTC Captive Insurance company, which holds one billion dollars in federal funds set aside for health related claims stemming from the clean-up, recovery and restoration efforts.

                                "This agreement enables workers and volunteers claiming injury from the WTC site operations to obtain compensation commensurate with the nature of their injuries and the strength of their claims, while offering added protection against possible future illness."

                                The WTC Captive insurance firm was created with a one billion dollar federal government grant to insure New York City and its debris removal contractors in the aftermath of 9/11.

                                City officials had been unable to secure an adequate coverage in the commercial insurance market for the World Trade Center site rescue, recovery and debris removal work.

                                LaSala, who hailed the plaintiffs' "heroic efforts in the rescue, recovery and debris removal work" said the goal of the insurance fund had been to find "a pathway to a just solution" for more than 10,000 people who filed lawsuits.

                                City leaders in New York also praised the deal.

                                "The resolution of the World Trade Center litigation will allow the first responders and workers to be compensated for injuries suffered following their work at Ground Zero," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

                                "Since September 11th, the city has moved aggressively to provide medical treatment to those who were present at Ground Zero, and we will continue our commitment to treatment and monitoring," the mayor added.

                                But not all the litigants felt the same way.

                                Former New York firefighter Kenny Specht told CNN that he was skeptical about the city's motives in settling.

                                "This settlement comes from the Captive Insurance fund, which has been around now since about 2003," said Specht who was diagnosed in 2008 with thyroid cancer when he was just 30 years old.

                                "My wait-and-see attitude comes from the fact that we have been pushing members of Congress to pass the September 11th Health and Compensation Act which would have let 5.4 billion dollars for compensation," he said.

                                "My question to the city is why didn't they settle these lawsuits earlier than they have now?"

                                Specht added: "You can't put a price on your health. I hope this settlement was, indeed, done the right way and I hope it was done with people's health, safety and future in mind, to be honest with you, and not the bottom dollar."

                                To recover funds under the settlement, each plaintiff will have to submit proof that he or she was present at and participated in the rescue, recovery and debris removal operations.

                                Officials said they will have to provide specific medical documentation and a physician's diagnosis confirming their illness or injury.

                                The company said Thursday that 95 per cent of plaintiffs must sign off on the preliminary deal for the money to be paid out.

                                Plaintiffs, who must submit sworn evidence of their injuries or illness, have 90 days to review the settlement and decide whether to accept.

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