NY State Assembly Speaker Urges Congress to Protect WTC Community Program
January 22, 2010
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, recently wrote Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, urging them to protect the World Trade Center (WTC) Community Program. Under the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the Community Program would provide medical monitoring and treatment to lower Manhattan residents, office workers and students with WTC-related health conditions.
“As a nation, we must not break faith with the survivors of 9/11, who courageously resolved to rebuild their lives and our community in the face of the worst terrorist attack in American history,” wrote Silver. “Our nation has a moral obligation to rebuild and revitalize this community. I trust that you will do everything in your power to protect the Community Program, which is a resource vital to the health of Lower Manhattan residents and to ensure that its scope, quality and level of support are preserved.”
The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would establish permanent federal funding to monitor and treat more than 4,000 lower Manhattan residents, office workers and students enrolled in the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue, Gouverneur and Elmhurst Hospitals. It would also expand access to 15,000 additional community members who lived, worked or went to school within a 1.5-mile radius of the WTC site. The legislation is awaiting committee action in the House of Representatives.