Mayor Bloomberg, NY Congressional Delegation Urge Reappointment of Federal 9/11 Health Coordinator
March 17, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg sent a letter to President Obama recommending the reappointment of Dr. John Howard, the former director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), as federal 9/11 Health Coordinator.
"As a result of his efforts, the country now has three centers of excellence dedicated to treating, monitoring and understanding the health impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks," wrote the Mayor. He continued, "Dr. Howard has also supported critical 9/11 research, including funding for the WTC Health Registry, a database of more than 71,000 people who were among the most-heavily exposed to the attacks."
Fourteen members of New York's Congressional delegation also sent a letter to the President urging the reappointment of Dr. Howard. "Dr. Howard has received accolades for his outstanding work on behalf of the heroes of 9/11, gaining universal praise from labor, community groups and health care providers alike," wrote the delegation. "He is the kind of administrator we need to help the heroes who helped the nation in our time of need."