FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT
"I am pleased that H.R. 6594, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, has been introduced in Congress. The bill would achieve two things the City identified as critical to completing the nation's recovery from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in its report 'Addressing the Health Impacts of 9/11'. First, it provides funding for long-term monitoring, treatment and research for those who are sick or may become sick due to the 9/11 attacks. Second, it reopens the Victim's Compensation Fund for those who were hurt as a result of the attacks, whether on September 11, 2001, or during the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. While there are still details to be worked out, this bill recognizes that 9/11 was an attack on the nation, not just New York City, and that caring for the sick and compensating those who were harmed is a national responsibility. People hurt as a result of the attacks should not have to prove that anyone other than the terrorists were at fault for the destruction and harm caused on 9/11. I would like to thank Speaker Pelosi and the members of the New York delegation who have worked so hard on this matter, particularly Representatives Maloney, Nadler, Fosella, and King. I look forward to continuing to work with the Congress on this bill."
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958