Governor Cuomo Extends WTC Disability Deadline for 9/11 Responders

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation extending the deadline for 9/11 responders to register under the WTC Disability Law to September 11, 2018. The extension gives rescue and recovery workers more time to seek lost wages and medical benefits related to 9/11.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that has spent many years fighting to ensure that the first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are never forgotten, applauds the actions of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. According to a press release issued September 11, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a bill that gives 9/11 responders more time to register under the WTC Disability Law. Rescue and recovery workers, including volunteers, now have until September 11, 2018 to register. By extending the deadline, Governor Cuomo has made it possible for more 9/11 responders to receive benefits such as workers’ compensation, disability, and accidental death benefits as a result of their involvement with WTC rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations.

“Though September 11th may feel like an eternity ago, we still feel the pain and the loss like it was yesterday, and the thousands of brave men and women who stepped up in our darkest hour are still grappling with the aftereffects,” said Governor Cuomo, according to the release. “We vow to do whatever we have to do to provide these brave men and women and their families the benefits they deserve. As New Yorkers, when we are knocked down, we get up twice as strong because we have our fellow New Yorkers to raise us up. The volunteers and workers raised us up in our time of need, and we will ensure they get the resources and the support they need.”

The bill was applauded by a number of other lawmakers, who emphasized the importance of never forgetting the efforts of 9/11 responders. “I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill and the 9/11 Task Force for all their hard work. Whether you were a first responder in a uniformed workforce or a volunteer at Ground Zero, this bill is a message to you that we will always take care of you and your contribution will never be forgotten,” said Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate Jr.

9/11 advocate groups also praised Governor Cuomo’s actions. The Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Inspectors union at FDNY President Israel Miranda stated, “Governor Cuomo has taken a major step today for our members and others who suffered devastating health problems from working at Ground Zero. Today’s signing gives new hope to our members and their families that they may survive the devastating effects of 9/11. The Governor today, once again shows his tremendous knowledge and sensitivity to the issues faced by all of the heroes of the Trade Center attack.”

Parker Waichman comments that many 9/11 responders and survivors continue to suffer from WTC-related injuries and health conditions. “We applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this bill, which allows 9/11 responders to access the benefits they deserve,” said Keith E. Gitman, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “Fifteen years ago, these brave individuals put aside everything to help our nation in a time of need. We must never forget their efforts.”

Governor Cuomo also encouraged 9/11 responders to enroll in the WTC Health Program, one of the two programs established by the Zadroga Act. The WTC Health Program provides free medical treatment and monitoring to individuals who helped in the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. When the Zadroga Act was reauthorized last December, the WTC Health Program was funded for another 75 years. The Zadroga Act also funds the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Parker Waichman actively worked toward the 2010 passage of the Zadroga Act, including taking part in lobbying efforts and trips to the nation’s capital, often along with the firm’s clients—other responders and survivors.

The firm continues to fight alongside Ground Zero first responders, survivors, and advocates and vows to continue its efforts to safeguard these heroes and ensure that all of the deserved Zadroga Act compensation is received. To determine eligibility for compensation under the Act, or for assistance with a claim, please visit Parker Waichman’s website or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

Release ID: 133339