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Applaud Cuomo For 9/11 Survivors Monument

Memorial For Those Affected By Ground Zero Toxins

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Congressman Peter T. King (NY-02) praised New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement, on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, that there will be a new monument honoring those first responders and survivors who have died or continue to suffer from health issues related to the toxins at Ground Zero. The announcement comes two days after the three lead sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act sent a letter asking the Governor for his support for such a monument.
“I am very pleased that the Governor has heeded our call and is beginning the process to build a memorial to honor the men and women we’ve lost since 9/11 and the thousands more who are still dealing with the health effects of being exposed to Ground Zero toxins,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “This new memorial will be another step in our efforts to keep our promise to ‘Never Forget.’”
“As we memorialize the lives of those who died on that day, we must remember the many victims still with us and still bearing the physical and emotional scars of that September morning.” said Congressman Nadler. “Since 9/11, many first responders and survivors have been diagnosed with serious health issues due to their exposure to the toxins in Lower Manhattan. Congress took a major step in supporting these responders and survivors and their families by making the World Trade Center health program permanent and extending the Victims Compensation Fund last year, and a memorial at Ground Zero would help ensure that we never lose sight of the American men and women who suffered greatly from these illnesses, and those who have died as a result. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for responding to our request and his commitment to building a memorial that recognizes the long struggle of these heroes.”
“I appreciate Governor Cuomo’s support and assistance to create a memorial dedicated to those injured, those who are still ill and those that have died from the attacks in the years after,” said Congressman King. “For fifteen years, too many of our 9/11 responders and survivors have fought and continue to fight serious illnesses, including more than 60 types of cancer caused by 9/11 toxins. We have come too far and we must continue to ensure that our 9/11 heroes not only receive the care but the appropriate recognition they truly deserve.”
In December 2015, Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act to provide $8.1 billion to fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for five additional years and make the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program effectively permanent.

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Congress Members Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Peter T. King (NY-2), lead sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, sent a letter Friday, September 9 to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie requesting their support for a memorial to honor the thousands of responders and survivors who have died or continue to suffer from the effects of the toxins that covered Lower Manhattan in the weeks and months following the September 11th attacks.
In the letter, the Members called on the Governors to “create a memorial on land near the National 9/11 Memorial dedicated to those injured, still ill today and those that have died from the attacks in years after.” They also discussed how, while healthcare and compensation programs have provided the help that so many of these first responders and survivors need and deserve, “we still must do more to acknowledge and recognize the impact that 9/11 continues to have to this day, not only to those who lost loved ones on 9/11, but for the thousands that continue to struggle with the health impacts of that day and the weeks and months that followed.”
In December 2015, Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act to provide $8.1 billion to fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for five additional years and make the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program effectively permanent.
A copy of the signed letter is below:
Dear Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie,
As the main sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, we write to you on the eve of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to ask for your support in building a new memorial near the National 9/11 Memorial site to honor the thousands of responders and survivors (area residents, workers and students) who have passed away, or continue to suffer, from the effects of the toxins that covered lower Manhattan in the weeks and months following the attacks.
As you are aware, the bipartisan New York and New Jersey Congressional Delegations have worked for years to get the federal government to acknowledge and address the health crisis facing responders and survivors caused by the toxins at Ground Zero.
After years of fighting, and with your help, we managed last December to pass legislation to provide $8.1 billion to extend and fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and make the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program effectively permanent.
Now, with nearly 75,000 members nationwide, the WTC Health Program is providing healthcare to thousands of sick and injured responders and survivors. Additionally, thanks to the additional funding we were able to secure last year, the September 11th VCF has provided compensation payments to more than 9,000 injured 9/11 responders and survivors who waited nearly 15 years for the help they need and deserve.
The extension of the Zadroga programs is a major accomplishment. However, we believe that we still must do more to acknowledge and recognize the impact that 9/11 continues to have to this day, not only to those who lost loved ones on 9/11, but for the thousands that continue to struggle with the health impacts of that day and the weeks and months that followed.
That is why we are urging you to help create a memorial on land near the National 9/11 Memorial dedicated to those injured, still ill today and those that have died from the attacks in years after.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has raised this with both of you, as well as with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and now, we too urge you to commit to making this a reality. As Borough President Brewer has suggested, this memorial does not need to be grand or expensive, but it should be built so that there is a public, physical acknowledgment of the health impacts on thousands of ill and injured responders, survivors and their families, still to this day now 15 years later and in the future.
We hope that you will help make this happen.


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