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  • April 4, 2010 -- STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A three-month sifting operation for World Trade Center remains is slated to begin today at the former Fresh Kills landfill, as the city plans to break ground on a remediation project at the borough's Brookfield landfill. At Fresh Kills, the city is opening a forensic mobile sifting platform to evaluate material workers find. Some 844 cubic yards of WTC material had been excavated over the past two years from the following areas in and around Ground Zero: N.Y. State Route 9A (West Street), Haul Road, Cedar Street, Washington Street, Vesey Street, the rooftop of Fiterman Hall and various subterranean structures, according to a Jan. 28 memo by Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler. Anthropologists and other trained professionals will carefully evaluate and search the material, Skyler wrote. Any potential remains will be sent for further testing to the laboratories of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which will oversee the estimated $1.4 million operation. Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was expected to make a public announcement 11 a.m. today at the Brookfield landfill. Brookfield, bordered by Richmond Avenue, Arthur Kill Road and LaTourette Park, was one of five sites in the city that were illegally filled with industrial wastes and poisons during the 1970s. It was finally closed after an FBI investigation in 1981. The entire remediation of the site is expected to take three and a half years, while construction of an active and passive park on the site is expected to take another four years.
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    • FDNY Rescue Workers Show Lasting Lung Damage From 9/11 World Trade Center Dust

      Seven-Year Follow-up Shows Persistent Lung Function Decline with no Meaningful Recovery

      BRONX, N.Y., April 8, 2010 -- A study of nearly 13,000 rescue workers from the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) shows that the significant proportion who suffered acute lung damage after exposure to World Trade Center (WTC) dust have not recovered normal lung function in the years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This seven-year study, with almost 62,000 individual measurements, is the largest longitudinal study ever reported of occupational influences on lung function. It is the only group of WTC workers for which pre-9/11 lung function measurements were available. The study, led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, in collaboration with FDNY, appears in the April 8, 2010 print edition of TheNew England Journal of Medicine.

      "This exposure at Ground Zero was so unique that no one could have predicted the impact on lung function. We demonstrated dramatic decline in lung function, mostly in the first 6 months after 9/11, and these declines persisted with little or no meaningful recovery of lung function among FDNY rescue workers (firefighters and emergency medical service workers) over the next six-and-a-half years," said David Prezant, M.D., professor of medicine at Einstein and senior author of the study. Dr. Prezant is also an attending physician in the pulmonary medicine division at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein, and the chief medical officer of the FDNY, Office of Medical Affairs and the co-director of the FDNY WTC Medical Programs.

      For Dr. Prezant and his team, the critical mission remains identifying the individuals most affected and providing them with treatment to improve their quality of life and prevent further declines in lung function.

      The current research follows up on a previous 2006 study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, that assessed lung function one year after the 9/11 attacks.In that study, Dr. Prezant and colleaguesfound that 9/11 FDNY rescue workers suffered substantial loss in lung function in the year following the attacks — more than 12 times the decline in lung function that would be expected to occur with normal aging. The largest decline was observed among workers who arrived at the WTC site the morning of 9/11, when the dust cloud was most intense.

      For the present study, the workers evaluated include nearly 92 percent of the 13,954 FDNY firefighters and EMS workers present at the WTC site between September 11 and September 24, 2001. Lung function in these 12,781 individuals was assessed by spirometry testing performed every 12 to 18 months. Spirometry measures the amount of air exhaled in a single breath.

      All participants had also been tested pre-9/11, so those spirometric results provided a baseline for assessing lung-function decline. Because the decline was severe and persistent, a substantial proportion of FDNY rescue workers were left with abnormal lung function by the end of this study – September 11, 2008. For example, the proportion of those who never smoked — and whose lung function was below normal — increased over the first year from 3 percent to 18 percent for firefighters and from 12 percent to 22 percent for EMS workers, stabilizing at about 13 percent for firefighters and 22 percent for EMS workers by the end of the seven-year study. ("Below normal" is defined as less than that achieved by 95 percent of normal nonsmokers of similar age, gender and height.)

      "Previous studies have indicated that the effects of firefighting on lung function are mild and reversible," said lead author Thomas Aldrich, M.D., professor of medicine at Einstein and an attending physician in the pulmonary medicine division at Montefiore. "The difference seems to be that the workers in our study population experienced repeated daily exposures to much higher concentrations of airborne particulates (solid particles suspended in the air) and gaseous chemicals."

      Dr. Aldrich suggests that the lack of long-term recovery among the 9/11 rescue workers may be due to several factors: the unusual nature of the dust cloud itself — which was thick with particulates, inhaled pulverized material from the collapse of the towers, and smoke from fires that continued to burn until mid-December.

      "All smoke contains particulates, but not at the density seen in the WTC collapse, especially if you were at the site during the first two or three days or for long durations thereafter," said Dr. Aldrich. "In a normal fire, you don't get enveloped in a particulate cloud so thick that you can't even see through it."

      The current report, part of an ongoing FDNY study of WTC rescue workers, is the most comprehensive study of rescue workers in general and specifically of FDNY firefighters and EMS workers (both active and retired) known to have been at Ground Zero during the rescue and recovery phases. It is also the only study to include pre- and post-9/11 spirometry testing.

      The paper, "Lung Function in Rescue Workers at the World Trade Center after 7 Years," appears in the April 7 online edition and April 8 print edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

      Other Einstein researchers who contributed to the study include Charles Hall, Ph.D., Hillel Cohen, Dr.P.H., and Mayris Webber, Dr.P.H. Other contributors include Fairouz Al-Othman, M.D., Rachel Zeig-Owens, M.P.H., and Vasilios Christodoulou, B.A., of Montefiore Medical Center; Jackson Gustave, M.P.H., Kaitlyn Cosenza, B.A., Lara Glass, M.P.H., and Kerry Kelly, M.D., of the Fire Department of the City of New York, Bureau of Health Services; and Michael Weiden, M.D., of the New York University School of Medicine, Pulmonary Division and the Fire Department of the City of New York, Bureau of Health Services.

      Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is one of the nation's premier centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Einstein is home to 2,775 faculty members, 722 M.D. students, 243 Ph.D. students, 128 students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program, and approximately 350 postdoctoral research fellows. In 2009, Einstein received more than $155 million in support from the NIH. This includes the funding of major research centers at Einstein in diabetes, cancer, liver disease, and AIDS. Other areas where the College of Medicine is concentrating its efforts include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities. Through its extensive affiliation network involving five medical centers in the Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island – which includes Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein – the College of Medicine runs one of the largest post-graduate medical training programs in the United States, offering approximately 150 residency programs to more than 2,500 physicians in training. For more information, please visit www.einstein.yu.edu

      Montefiore Medical Centerencompasses 126 years of outstanding patient care, innovative medical "firsts," pioneering clinical research, dedicated community service and ground-breaking social activism. A full-service, integrated delivery system caring for patients in the New York metropolitan region and beyond, Montefiore is a 1,491-bed medical center that includes: four hospitals -- the Henry and Lucy Moses Division, the Jack D. Weiler Division, the North Division and The Children's Hospital at Montefiore; a large home healthcare agency; the largest school health program in the US; a 22-site medical group practice integrated throughout the Bronx and Westchester; and, a care management organization providing services to 179,000 health plan members.

      In 2008, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore was ranked as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" in US News & World Report's prestigious annual listing and also received honors in the magazine's 2009 edition. The Leapfrog Group lists Montefiore among the top one percent of all U.S. hospitals based on its strategic investments in sophisticated and integrated healthcare technology.

      Montefiore is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the future through medical education and manages one of the largest residency programs in the country. Montefiore is The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has an affiliation with New York Medical College for residency programs at the North Division.

      Distinguished centers of excellence at Montefiore include cardiology and cardiac surgery, cancer care, tissue and organ transplantation, children's health, women's health, surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Montefiore is a national leader in the research and treatment of diabetes, headaches, obesity, cough and sleep disorders, geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery, adolescent and family medicine, HIV/AIDS and social and environmental medicine, among many other specialties. For more information, please visit www.montefiore.org or www.montekids.org.
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      • Today some potential human remains have been found as part of the three-month sifting operation of materials recovered from the World Trade Center site. That is on top of the 20 others found earlier this week. The city opened a new forensic mobile sifting site at the closed Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island Monday.
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        • Wow ... hopefully they will provide DNA so more families can have some closure.
          September 11th - Never Forget

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

          Sheri
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          • Widow of retired FDNY captain who died in 9/11 rescue sues to get his name listed with Bravest

            April 12, 2010 -- The widow of a retired FDNY captain who died at the World Trade Center is suing to get her husband's name listed beside brother firefighters on a 9/11 memorial. James Corrigan, 60, was retired from the FDNY and working as a fire and life safety coordinator for the towers' owners on 9/11 when he died helping former colleagues evacuate the south tower. His widow, Marie, wants the FDNY to recognize that Corrigan was on active duty. "Capt. Corrigan remained at his post in the lobby of the south tower - under the building that was feared to be falling even though there was sufficient concern about the tower's imminent collapse that the FDNY was evacuating its units," according to the lawsuit filed in Queens Supreme Court. "Capt. Corrigan did not stay because he was an employee of Silverstein Properties but because he was a firefighter standing with his brothers."Officials with the National September 11Memorial and Museum have refused to add his name until the city tells them Corrigan, who retired in 1994 after 25 years on the job, was on active duty on 9/11.The FDNY and the memorial are named as defendants.Corrigan's sons left private-sector jobs to become firefighters after his death. Both sons got so-called "legacy credits" when they took the entrance exam in 2002, which added points to their score and improved their chances of landing a firefighting job swiftly."Brendan and Sean received their legacy credits because their father was considered a city employee who had been killed in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001," the lawsuit says.
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            • Thanks for all the updates.
              Get the first line into operation.

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              • Discovery of new remains gives hope to some 9/11/01 kin

                May 23, 2010 -- James McCaffrey, whose brother-in-law Battalion Chief Orio Palmer of Valley Stream is among the 1,123 missing victims of the World Trade Center, thinks that new finds of human remains may help some families - perhaps even his own. "It does give us some hope we may get something," said McCaffrey, an FDNY lieutenant from Yonkers. "But it shows how little the city has done so far." He, like members of many other families, said the city did not do enough in the immediate aftermath of the September 11,2001 attacks to aggressively find and identify remains. "My concern is that there are areas of Ground Zero that have not been searched," said Sally Regenhard, one of the most vocal September 11 family members on a wide range of issues. Her firefighter son, Christian, is also among the missing. For Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, the city's nearly nine-year forensic operation at Ground Zero seeking to identify remains has been a bureaucratic misadventure. She credits the persistence of the medical examiner's office for helping families like hers recover even small remains of their loved ones, including her son. But Cain is part of a group of family members claiming that some human remains have been commingled with garbage at Fresh Kills landfill. The group is appealing a federal judge's 2008 decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the families against the city. In the suit, the city denies any wrongdoing and said it treated the remains with respect. City officials have defended the pace of the identification process and said they have acted in good faith. The judge said in his decision that the city sought "a swift and efficient recovery" from an unprecedented event. Regenhard lauded FDNY participation at the screening operation of 844 cubic yards of new debris found at Ground Zero. But she thinks in all this time if the search had been done right, with the help of U.S. military forensic experts, all of the remains would have been found.
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                • June 23, 2010 -- A renewed search of debris near the World Trade Center site in New York City has turned up 72 more human remains from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The sifting of debris began in April and ends Friday. 9-11-01 everyday NEVER FORGET
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                  • Press conference Sunday at Ground Zero, 12.00 noon,no elected officials just 9/11 responders and civiliansShare. Yesterday at 1:05pm
                    Event Sunday, August 1st at Noon
                    Contact: John Feal, (631) 724-3320



                    Sunday: 9/11 Responders Will Urge Dysfunctional Congress to Stop Fighting and Pass 9/11 Health Bill



                    A coalition of World Trade Center responders, including the FealGood Foundation and other 9/11 organizations, will gather near Ground Zero this Sunday to demand that Congress stop the bickering and partisan fighting and finally pass H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Democrats need to get the bill on the House floor under normal rules so it can pass with a simple majority, and Republicans need to promise they won’t use the rules to play political tricks with the vote. People’s lives are at stake!



                    On Sunday, the group of 9/11 responders will also announce that they plan to travel to DC to be there when Congress gets back from its overlong six-week vacation to remind the politicians that people are sick and dying and Washington needs to take action.



                    WHO: John Feal, FealGood Foundation, 9/11 organizations representing the FDNY & NYPD, others TBA



                    WHAT: Press Conference



                    WHEN: Sunday, August 1st, 12:00pm



                    WHERE: Ground Zero

                    Plaza at 7 World Trade Center

                    Greenwich and Vesey Streets
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                    • No mosque at wtc
                      Attached Files
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                      • Today Sunday August 22 at 11am in New York there will be a protest against the Islamic center being built near the World Trade Center.
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                        • September 8, 2010 -- Officials hoisted a 70-foot piece of World Trade Center steel at ground zero Tuesday and vowed to open the September 11 memorial by next year, although they acknowledged that the ongoing construction at the site would limit where and how the public could visit.

                          The memorial, with reflecting, waterfall-filled pools set above the footprints of the fallen towers, its wall of victims' names, its trees and green spaces, is expected to open by the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Officials have said it would be open to the general public after that.

                          But the public will only be able to enter the memorial from the western edge of ground zero, while fenced boundaries that surround the site on three other sides of the 8-acre plaza will still be there, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.

                          "Every once in a while they're going to have to move a beam or something and they'll close off a part of it," the mayor said, but said visitors would be able to still walk through the cobblestoned plaza and pause by the memorial pools, which have been built up to street level.

                          "You'll be able to come, walk the plaza, sit, contemplate, the fountains will be working, look at the names, you can reflect," he said.

                          Thousands of visitors come to peer inside the fenced construction site or visit two adjoining museum sites a day. Once the official memorial is open, officials estimate 7.1 million people will visit it in the first year.

                          Bloomberg said a northeast section of the plaza would be closed at some point while a transit hub is being built underneath it, and said other parts of the plaza could close as needs warrant. Several of the 400 trees that are planned at the plaza — including 16 that were planted this summer — will still need to be installed after the 10th anniversary passes.

                          Bloomberg and other officials described progress at the memorial and at half a dozen other projects underway at the 16-acre site, including the signature, 1,776-foot skyscraper meant to replace the fallen trade center towers. It was followed by the hoisting of a salvaged 50-ton steel column that was once part of the north tower's facade to mark what will be the entrance of the memorial museum.

                          "I think there had been doubts, there had been concerns but we are here today to truly acknowledge what has happened recently," said Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site.

                          Thirty-six stories of 1 World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, are rising from the northwest corner of the site. It is scheduled to open in 2013, along with a second office tower.

                          The column put in place Tuesday was part of that. The 70-foot structure, with its three-pronged trident top, was salvaged from the rubble after the Sept. 11 attacks. A second column is expected to be raised Wednesday. The columns will be at the entrance of the museum, which will occupy space underneath the site and is scheduled to open in 2012.

                          Officials cited an agreement reached with developer Larry Silverstein in recent months that they said would speed up the financing and construction timetables of up to three towers the private developer hopes to build. The Port Authority agreed to put up to $1.6 billion in public financing towards two of Silverstein's towers, including one where it plans to rent office space.

                          The Port Authority is also building a transit hub expected to be close to the size of Grand Central Terminal for commuter rail lines to New Jersey and connections to a dozen subway lines. The hub is expected to be finished in 2014.

                          Plans for two other towers are uncertain and dependent on market conditions. A performing arts center is also planned for the site, but its design, financing and construction schedule are not complete.

                          But once the towers, memorial and hub open, Silverstein said, the area known as ground zero would transform into something else.

                          "It will be an extraordinary dimension to this neighborhood in terms of what it will have created," he said.
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                          • September 8, 2010 — It may have seem like it has taken forever, however with just 4 days before the 9th anniversary of September 11, Ground Zero is now noticeably coming back to life.

                            "It is very difficult to see progress when the progress is negotiations design getting approval, raising money and that's what happened the first five or so years. That's the way projects work," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, from a skyscraper overlooking Ground Zero.

                            Thousands of hard hats buzz around and below Ground Zero each day -- millions of tons of concrete have been poured iron and steel are taking shape.

                            Quickly rising now is one World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower. 36 floors are up and it will be 106 stories floors.

                            Since the attacks, the population of Lower Manhattan has more than doubled -- businesses are moving in and corporations are making commitments to lease space at the World Trade center.

                            "People are not running away from Lower Manhattan ... they're running to Lower Manhattan," said State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

                            "The rebuilding is going forward today at a tremendous pace," said developer Larry Silverstein "At the end of the day, it's New Yorkers who have all been extremely desirous to see all of this happen."

                            Another symbol of life returning are the 16 trees planted. Nearly 400 more will be added in the coming days, which will turn the plaza into a forrest.

                            This massive trident, a piece of the original façade is being lowered into the museum pavilion before the rest of it can be built..

                            Next year, the September 11 memorial and museum will officially open in time for the 10th anniversary.

                            "It's hard to think back of the tragedy that took place on 9/11/01 but how we came out of that is something that all Americans should be proud of," said Bloomberg.
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                            • September 13, 2010 -- Nine years later, there are still casualties from 9/11/01. At least 836 Ground Zero rescue workers and volunteers have died since the attacks, including 345 from cancer, researchers say. Of the heroes who answered the call at Ground Zero, 15 were killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Ten firefighters who toiled in the WTC rubble have since fallen while battling blazes. The tragic toll also includes 44 who committed suicide, 49 who died of drug overdoses, and 14 who were murdered or killed in assaults, according to the state Health Department. The WTC Responder Fatalities Investigation is examining deaths that occurred between Sept. 12, 2001, and last June 30. To date, the study has confirmed 813 of the fatalities with death certificates and medical records. Of those deaths, 664, or 82 percent, stemmed from illnesses and diseases. They’ve just begun to compare the rates of 9/11 responder deaths to those in the general US population, NYC and among other workers. At least 145 responders died from heart attacks or heart disease. The 345 fatal cancers include those of the stomach, colon and other digestive organs (97); lung and respiratory (96); and leukemia and other blood cancers (49). Records show most cancers were not diagnosed on 9/11, said lead researcher Kitty Gelberg. “These are mostly quick-killing cancers which are detected at an advanced stage and move quickly through the body,” Gelberg said. Hundreds of other responders have come down with cancers that may not be fatal, court records show. Of the deceased responders, 728 are men and 108 women. Their ages range from 15 to 85, but most were 35 to 65.
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                              • WASHINGTON - The staggering death toll for Ground Zero responders has soared past 916 - and still no one knows what really killed them. Now, nine years after the terror attacks, doctors and some New York lawmakers are urging the federal Department of Health and Human Services to draft autopsy protocols to pinpoint 9/11-related fatalities, the Daily News has learned. Astonishingly, there are no written standards to help doctors diagnose post-9/11 deaths, leaving a void that's wreaked enormous emotional pain and conflict on survivors. "It was heart-wrenching," said Joe Zadroga, who watched his NYPD officer son, James, slowly deteriorate from scarred lungs until he died in 2007. Relatives and friends know in their hearts what really killed the hero in their family - even if health officials refuse to recognize it. "I mean, we knew what he died from. We dealt with it for four years," Zadroga added. A medical examiner in New Jersey had ruled James Zadroga died from 9/11 exposure, only to have the city declare - for a time - that drug abuse killed him. The city later relented, but Zadroga is one of only a handful of people whose death has been officially linked to the toxins of the ruined twin towers. "Many of the responders who worked at the site and other survivors are dying," Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan), Pete King (R-L.I.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) say in a letter to the feds, obtained by The News. In a study released in June last year, state officials identified 836 responders who have died since 9/11. Advocates know of at least 80 more, and doctors believe the total will be well over 1,000 in the next survey this year. "We do not know to what extent WTC exposures contributed to their deaths, or whether their deaths were unrelated," the lawmakers wrote, seeking a set of guidelines. Such autopsy rules could have huge impacts on people who believe terrorists are to blame for killing their loved ones. "It is very emotional," said Jim Melius, who oversees the 9/11 health-monitoring program. He says autopsies would help doctors understand Ground Zero illnesses and craft better treatments. But autopsies could be double-edged, with some deaths determined to have had little to do with exposure. "It needs to be carefully explained," Melius said, noting a lot can be at stake in work benefits and potential payouts from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, stuck in Congress. One advantage could be culling bogus claims that some Republicans say would plague a new 9/11 compensation act. Joe Zadroga, for one, is all for it. "I agree with setting some standards so there wouldn't be fraud," he said. In most cases, it's an easy call. "Most of these guys who are dying are dying from lung conditions and cancers," he said. "My son's lungs were like leather."
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