FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 26, 2007
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR 9/11 RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORKERS AS WELL AS AREA RESIDENTS
"By passing and signing the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, the Congress and the President have provided funding New York City has requested to monitor and treat those injured as a result of 9/11, including rescue and recovery workers from across the country who were there for us after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Now up to $108 million in federal money can go to support the three centers of excellence for rescue workers and Lower Manhattan residents that were identified by my Administration's report Addressing the Health Impacts of 9/11. For the first time, this includes federal money for monitoring and treatment for residents and workers who were not first-responders but were still impacted by the attacks. Today's funding is in addition to the $50 million provided in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill that was signed into law earlier this year. I am pleased that the federal government is recognizing its responsibility to 9/11 first responders and area residents and workers. The World Trade Center attacks were attacks on the nation, it is only appropriate that the federal government do its share to help those who sacrificed in our time of need. I will continue to work with the New York delegation and the rest of the Congress to provide a consistent stream of funding over the long term for the monitoring and treatment of all those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958