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File #: Res 1924-2009    Version: Name: The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Civil Service and Labor
On agenda: 4/22/2009
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution commending the bi-partisan efforts of the New York State congressional delegation and acknowledging the support of New Jersey Senators Menendez and Lautenberg, calling upon Congress to amend the bill to reduce the City of New York’s contribution level currently allocated and pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 as soon as possible and send it to President Obama for signature; and calling on Congress to strongly consider adding the health conditions identified in section 2(36) of the Retirement and Social Security Law of the State of New York, including relevant cancers, as qualifying health conditions approved for treatment in the Act.
Sponsors: Christine C. Quinn, Alan J. Gerson, Gale A. Brewer, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Inez E. Dickens, Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, Darlene Mealy, Annabel Palma, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Kendall Stewart, David I. Weprin, Thomas White, Jr., Jessica S. Lappin, Michael C. Nelson, John C. Liu, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Larry B. Seabrook, James F. Gennaro, Charles Barron, Robert Jackson, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Council Member Sponsors: 24
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 1924 - 4/22/09, 2. Proposed Res. No. 1924-A - 5/21/09, 3. Committee Report 5/21/09, 4. Hearing Transcript 5/21/09, 5. Committee Report 12/18/09, 6. Hearing Transcript 12/18/09, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12/21/09
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/21/2009AChristine C. Quinn City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Civil Service and Labor Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Civil Service and Labor Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2009AChristine C. Quinn Committee on Civil Service and Labor Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/21/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/21/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/21/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/21/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Civil Service and Labor Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/21/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Civil Service and Labor Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/21/2009*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/22/2009*Christine C. Quinn City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/22/2009*Christine C. Quinn City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1924-A
 
 
Resolution commending the bi-partisan efforts of the New York State congressional delegation and acknowledging the support of New Jersey Senators Menendez and Lautenberg, calling upon Congress to amend the bill to reduce the City of New York's contribution level currently allocated and pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 as soon as possible and send it to President Obama for signature; and calling on Congress to strongly consider adding the health conditions identified in section 2(36) of the Retirement and Social Security Law of the State of New York, including relevant cancers, as qualifying health conditions approved for treatment in the Act.
 
 
By The Speaker (Council Member Quinn) and Council Members Gerson, Brewer, Comrie, Dickens, Fidler, Gentile, Gonzalez, James, Mealy, Palma, Recchia Jr., Stewart, Weprin, White Jr., Lappin, Nelson, Liu, Arroyo, Seabrook, Gennaro, Barron, Jackson and Rodriguez
 
            Whereas, A significant number of workers and volunteers participated in rescue, recovery and clean-up after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center of September 11, 2001; and
            Whereas, Those who participated in the rescue and recovery effort at the World Trade Center and those who lived, worked, attended school or were otherwise present in the area around the World Trade Center on or after September 11 were exposed to a variety of environmental toxins; and
            Whereas A significant number of people continue to suffer the physical and psychological effects of the attacks, may develop additional or more severe illnesses in the future; and
            Whereas, The WTC Centers of Excellence  in the City of New York that screen and treat those affected by the 9/11 attacks have struggled to maintain and improve their services without a steady stream of federal funding; and
            Whereas, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847 “the Act”) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Maloney, Nadler, King and McMahon, and later in the United States Senate as S. 1334 by Senators Gillibrand, Schumer, Menendez and Lautenberg to provide medical monitoring and treatment for first responders, area residents, workers, students, and others affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and
            Whereas, The Act would establish the World Trade Center Health Programs within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide  care to those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and
Whereas, The WTC Program Administrator will establish a nationwide network of providers to serve eligible first responders living outside of the New York area; and
Whereas, Additional research into health conditions related to the World Trade Center would be conducted under the Act; and
Whereas, presently, the City of New York is involved in litigating claims brought by first responders and others who have become ill after 9/11; and
Whereas, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would also reopen the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund to provide compensation for damages incurred by first responders and others who did not file a claim before or became ill after the Fund was closed; and
Whereas, Re-opening the Victims Compensation Fund is necessary to provide compensation for those who are sick and will become sick in the future as a result of their exposure to World Trade Center toxins; and
            Whereas, Due to the economic downturn, many programs that benefit those sickened as a result of their work related to 9/11 within the City of New York may need to be scaled back or eliminated due to the dire economic climate without ongoing federal assistance; and
Whereas, Under H.R847, the City would be required to fund 10% of the entire treatment and monitoring costs for those eligible, regardless of whether they are New York City residents, equaling as much as $500 million over ten years according to the Congressional Budget Office, and the City maintains no oversight over this expense, while under S. 1334, the City would be required to fund 20% of the entire treatment and monitoring costs for those eligible in the community program, though the maximum the City is required to pay is reduced to $250 million over ten years; and
Whereas, As a result of the weak economy, the City has already had to make cuts in services that New Yorkers depend on and is likely to make more such cuts; and
Whereas, It is unfair that the City bears such a large burden of the costs of WTC health programs; and
Whereas, Both City employees and residents who were at the WTC sites on 9/11 or shortly thereafter were exposed to and inhaled cancer-causing toxins such as benzene, dioxin, asbestos and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during the rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts; and
Whereas, a Case Series on Multiple Myeloma in the World Trade Center Responders was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine which ultimately confirmed at least 16 cases of Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells, out of approximately 28,000 responders when there are on average less than 7 cases a year expected for every 100,000 people in the United States; and
Whereas, Multiple Myeloma is expected to occur in less than 2 people out of 100,000 under the age of 45 and there were 6 cases of Multiple Myeloma out of the approximately 28,000 responders who were diagnosed with this cancer and were under the age of 45; and
Whereas, the annual number of cancers cases approved for disability by the Police pension board has more than tripled since 2005 from approximately 6 cases a year to 20 cases a year; and
Whereas, on October 13, 2009 New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, added the names of ten uniformed members of the New York Police Department that died of cancer to the Police Wall of Remembrance, declaring that their mission to aid in the recovery effort resulted in them becoming casualties; and   
Whereas, The New York State Legislature and Governor approved Section 13-252.1 of the NYC Administrative Code, known as the World Trade Center Presumption Bill in 2005, which amended the Retirement and Social Security Law of the State of New York and the NYC Administrative Code, creating a presumption that certain future onset health conditions or impairments, including cancer, suffered by police officers and other public employees who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the WTC sites, are presumed to have been caused by WYC-related exposure that occurred in the performance of duty, thereby entitling affected employees to an accident disability pension; now, therefore, be it
            Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York commends the bi-partisan efforts of the New York State congressional delegation and acknowledging the support of New Jersey Senators Menendez and Lautenberg and calls upon Congress to amend the bill to reduce the City of New York's contribution level currently allocated, and to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 as soon as possible and send it to President Obama for signature; and be it further
Resolved, The Council calls on Congress to strongly consider adding the health conditions identified in section 2(36) of the Retirement and Social Security Law of the State of New York, including relevant cancers, as qualifying health conditions approved for treatment in the Act.
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LS# 7419
12/17/09
 
 
 
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