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    NYC opens free clinics for 9/11 illnesses

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    By Henry Goldman, Bloomberg | September 21, 2007

    NEW YORK - Two free New York City health clinics devoted to the treatment of thousands of individuals made ill by toxic materials dispersed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center opened yesterday.

    Clinics in Chinatown and in Elmhurst, Queens, join one already in Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital to aid first responders, office workers, and residents of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with respiratory, gastrointestinal, and psychological ailments caused by the attack and its aftermath.

    The clinics are part of a 15-point plan that Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in February to address health problems experienced by more than 3,000 firefighters, at least 4,000 rescue and recovery workers, and thousands more who lived and worked in areas where airborne toxic dust and smoke settled.

    "There are thousands of residents, commercial workers, and others who have reported experiencing acute breathing problems, worsening asthma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses which require sustained treatment," Bloomberg told a US Senate health committee in March, when he asked for $150 million to help fund the clinics.
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    Court To Hear Ground Zero Liability Case

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    By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
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    October 1, 2007

    A federal appeals court's reading of an obscure Cold War-era law, passed amid fears of a Soviet nuclear attack, will decide whether the thousands who toiled at ground zero can hold the city liable for their exposure to toxins.

    The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Manhattan, will hear oral arguments today on whether the city is immune from lawsuits brought by the thousands of firefighters, police officers, and construction workers who searched for survivors and cleaned up on the site of the World Trade Center.

    Many of the workers say they now suffer from respiratory ailments linked to arsenic, asbestos, and other toxins found in the air and dust at the site. One estimate, by the lawyer who managed the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, Kenneth Feinberg, places the cost of settling the suits at more than $1.5 billion.

    At issue is a U.S. District Court ruling from last year that allows as many as 10,000 of those workers to press forward with suits against the city. The city is asking a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court to overturn that decision, which was handed down by Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who sits in Manhattan.

    The conditions at ground zero have long been under the microscope, with workers alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency put out falsely optimistic air quality reports and that government agencies failed to ensure that workers were wearing respirators. In May, the city's medical examiner amended a woman's death certificate to state for the first time that toxic dust from the site had been a "contributory" cause of death.

    But today's arguments, and ultimately whether the suits are upheld or thrown out, will not turn on any single fact about the conditions at ground zero or the city's actions in the days following the terrorist attacks. Instead, the court's decision could hinge entirely on its reading of the New York State Defense Emergency Act.

    That law, enacted in 1951, grants immunity from lawsuits to the government and companies responding to an attack. While the enemy the Legislature had in mind was the Soviet Union, Judge Hellerstein's ruling found that the passage of history had not made the law irrelevant. The city, the judge wrote, was certainly entitled to immunity in the days immediately following the attack.

    However, the judge said it was an open question whether that immunity extended months later, as work at ground zero continued: "As the emergency condition fades … the need for immunity diminishes and the obligations and duties otherwise imposed once again must be protected," Judge Hellerstein wrote.

    A brief filed on behalf of the workers stresses that in the months after the September 11, 2001, attacks, ground zero became a work site where ordinary workplace regulations and responsibilities applied.

    During the nine-month cleanup operation, the plaintiffs' brief argues, "the site had been radically transformed from a place of chaos and public emergency to an orderly construction site not unlike those the City of New York has often seen."

    The city, on the other hand, contends that it is entitled to immunity for the entire duration of the recovery operation.

    The city's brief stresses the law's Cold War history, noting that lawmakers in 1951 were anticipating cataclysmic attacks, from which any recovery would be slow.

    "The rescue and recovery from a nuclear attack would greatly exceed — perhaps by years — the roughly nine-month period of the 9/11 rescue and recovery operation," the brief argues.

    The panel hearing the case today is to consist of Judges Jon Newman, Sonia Sotomayor, and Richard Wesley.

    A lawyer from the firm of Patton Boggs, James Tyrrell, will argue on behalf of the city.

    The plaintiffs will be represented today by Kevin Russell of Howe & Russell, P.C., and Brian Shoot of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C.
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    Football legend stumps with pols for stricken 9/11 heroes

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    by Staten Island Advance
    Thursday October 04, 2007, 4:13 PM

    Rep. Vito Fossella and former Giant George Martin talk in Washington D.C.Retired Super Bowl champion and New York Giants co-captain George Martin recently embarked on a four-month, 3,200-mile walk hoping to raise more than $10 million for sick Ground Zero rescue workers.

    Today he stopped pounding the pavement for a little bit to rally with Rep. Vito Fossella, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Jerold Nadler in Washington, D.C., during a press conference to raise awareness for those stricken heroes of 9/11.

    "It is my honor to walk across this great nation to generate awareness about and funding for the healthcare needs of those who have fallen ill as a result of their selfless sacrifices in the aftermath of September 11, 2001," said Martin. "We need to do all we can as a nation to help the rescue and recovery workers of Ground Zero recover from and manage their illnesses."

    Fossella, Maloney and Nadler recently introduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation, The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, to address the health impacts of the 9/11 attacks, including ensuring that everyone exposed to the toxins of Ground Zero have access to medical monitoring and, if needed, treatment.

    Said Fossella: "George Martin is proving that he is a champion both on and off the field. He is helping bring attention to the suffering of sick and injured 9/11 responders and raising money to allow them to get the care they need."
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    N.Y. willing to talk settlement in 9/11 suit: report

    http://www.reuters.com/article/domes...44472920071016

    Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:29am EDT

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is willing to enter discussions to settle a lawsuit with 9,000 rescue and cleanup workers at the World Trade Center disaster site who may be sick from inhaling toxic dust, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

    The New York Daily News cited a letter from a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit of workers who say they suffer from respiratory illnesses from the September 11 site.

    "The City of New York and the contractors have indicated that they want to negotiate a global or aggregate settlement on behalf of all our WTC clients," reads the letter from lawyer Marc Bern to his clients, the Daily News reported.

    "If we receive an aggregate settlement offer from the defendants, it will be up to you and our other clients to accept or reject the offer and, if you accept it, to agree on how the (money) would be divided," Bern wrote. "The defendants would have nothing to do with that decision."

    Bern told Reuters he had no comment on the newspaper report and representatives of the city's Law Department were not immediately available for comment.

    The city has the benefit of a $1 billion federal fund that was established in case the city was found to have liability

    The newspaper said victim advocates were skeptical that would be adequate to cover care for long-term illnesses of thousands of people and to compensate the roughly 150 families who blame the death of a relative on work at Ground Zero.

    "If you do the math, it's not that handsome a settlement for the 9/11 responders," the newspaper quoted John Feal, a responder and Ground Zero activist, as saying.

    Many rescue and cleanup workers report lingering illnesses that may be attributed to breathing toxic ash, dust and other contaminants from the remains of the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.

    The city has tried to have a federal judge dismiss the lawsuit.

    Bern's clients have until the end of the month to decide whether to give him permission to begin settlement talks, the Daily News reported.
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    Heroes need better deal

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/...tter_deal.html

    Wednesday, October 17th 2007, 4:00 AM

    Some harsh realities are hitting 9,000 Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers who have sued seeking compensation for illnesses they suffered responding to the collapse of the World Trade Center. And family members of responders who died are facing the same unpleasant truths.

    Each has received a letter from the attorneys who are battling for payments from the city and from the contractors who cleared the rubble of the twin towers. The letter broaches the idea of negotiating a settlement that would at long last put money into the accounts of very deserving people.

    But, as predicted, the numbers are obscene. The city has $1 billion to pay settlements, money allocated by Congress. It sounds like plenty, but it's not. The lawyers are claiming 40% of the pot - an astonishing $400 million - leaving $600 million to be divided among everyone else.

    With about 9,000 claimants, the average payout would be some $66,000 per worker, not nearly enough to cover medical bills and lost wages, particularly in the case of deaths.

    Nothing more starkly proves the point than the large payments issued by the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, an entity that went out of business before most of the Forgotten Victims of 9/11 realized they were sick. The fund made an average payment of more than $2 million to survivors of people killed in the attack, and an average payment of almost $400,000 to the injured or sick.

    Lawyers representing responders and city attorneys have been locked in pretrial skirmishing, the city attempting to establish immunity from damages for injuries suffered in an emergency. But the courts have shown little patience for that claim, signaling that it behooves everyone to pay out the $1 billion before, as one judge put it, more people are dead.

    So the lawyers have begun circling a settlement. This would require approval from most of the 9,000 people in the suits. They may think settling makes more sense than years of litigation whose only certainty is higher legal fees. That's purely their decision.

    But it still stinks. After 9/11, the city estimated damage claims could run to $2 billion. But no one put up that much cash; the city's own liability was capped by Congress, and even the responders' lawyers now seem to believe that pursuing the contractors would only drive upstanding businesses into bankruptcy.

    The solution: Congress must reopen the compensation fund. "We need federal moneys to take care of an obligation that the city really cannot handle, and we need that money now," Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. Washington must act.
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    NYC rejects listing worker as 9/11 death

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071019/...attacks_health

    By AMY WESTFELDT, Associated Press Writer
    1 hour, 42 minutes ago

    NEW YORK - He became the face of post-Sept. 11 illness after his death in early 2006, galvanizing lawmakers and health care advocates to lobby for research and treatment for thousands who said the debris-filled air at ground zero made them sick.

    James Zadroga, the 34-year-old retired police detective who died of respiratory failure after working hundreds of hours at the World Trade Center site, was often cited by those advocates as a "sentinel case" — the first health-related casualty linked to ground zero, suggesting there would be more to follow.

    The city's medical examiner stunned that community this week in a letter declaring that Zadroga's death had nothing to do with the toxic air he breathed while working at ground zero.

    Rejecting another medical examiner's autopsy that called Zadroga's death "directly related" to his post-Sept. 11 work, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch said in a letter to Zadroga's family that his death was not caused by exposure to trade center dust.

    "It is our unequivocal opinion, with certainty beyond doubt, that the foreign material in your son's lungs did not get there as the result of inhaling dust at the World Trade Center or elsewhere," said the letter to Zadroga's father. It was signed by Hirsch and another medical examiner, Michele Slone. The letter was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

    Hirsch offered to explain his findings personally to Zadroga's family, who planned to meet with him Friday.

    Zadroga became a symbol for the plight of ground zero workers whose health rapidly deteriorated in the months after they worked at the site of the 2001 terrorist attacks. He arrived after the twin towers collapsed and spent 470 hours sifting through the smoldering ruins. By the first anniversary of the attack, the nonsmoker was plagued by a constant cough.

    He died in January 2006. A New Jersey medical examiner ruled that Zadroga died of inflammatory lung disease, had material "consistent with dust" in his lungs and damage to his heart and liver.

    The autopsy was the first scientific evidence blaming a death directly on ground zero exposure. Lawmakers and health advocates regularly cite Zadroga's case as a key example of post-Sept. 11 illness when lobbying for billions of dollars for research and continuing care.

    "It's shocking ... how can they be so callous?" said Zadroga's father, Joseph Zadroga, who broke down in tears last year before a congressional panel convened to study Sept. 11 health. "He had the acid reflux. He had short-term memory loss. ... He was on strong medications for the pain in his lungs."

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg distanced himself from the medical examiner's office in a statement Thursday, saying the independent agency made its own decisions. The city is defending itself in a lawsuit filed by thousands of workers who say they were not properly protected from the dust that made them sick. Bloomberg has also lobbied the federal government for millions of dollars to treat and monitor the ailing workers.

    The medical examiner's "determination in this case does nothing to change New York City's commitment to make sure that all who were affected by 9/11 get the health care they need," Bloomberg said.

    Michael Palladino, president of Zadroga's union, suggested the ruling was related to the ongoing lawsuits against the city.

    "I'm shocked and appalled that the medical examiner's office would send a letter to Mr. Zadroga, and stating that their unequivocal opinion, with certainty, beyond doubt, is that he didn't die from the World Trade Center, when in fact they can't tell me what he died from," he said. "I don't trust it."

    Zadroga's father had asked Hirsch to review his son's case, hoping the medical examiner would add Zadroga's name to the official Sept. 11 death toll, as he did for a lawyer who died of lung disease five months after the attacks.

    Hirsch decided in May that Felicia Dunn-Jones' exposure as she fled the collapsing twin towers contributed to the lung-scarring disease that killed her. He added her name to the attacks' death toll. Her name was read for the first time at this year's Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony, and officials plan to list her name on the Sept. 11 memorial.

    Zadroga and others had hoped for similar recognition for his son. Hirsch has rejected at least other four families' requests to amend the death certificates of people who died of illnesses they attribute to post-Sept. 11 exposure.
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    FUCKING BASTARDS!!!
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    To all concerned members of the truth movement:

    After just speaking with Joe Zadroga, the father of NYPD hero James Zadroga, I am, and never have been as mad as one man can be. The chief ME of NYC is a perfect example of the injustice served to "ALL" 9/11 responders over the last 6 years. All the media attention in the world will not bring James back, but your support for the Zadroga family will help ease the pain of a great family and his beautiful 7 year old daughter Tyler. Any donation will go directly to the Zadroga family and any email of support mailed to me at feal13@aol.com will go directly to Joe. I implore all Americans to stand up now and help these brave souls while federal, state and local governments deny, lie, neglect and walk all over their great work and service at 9/11 and ground zero.

    God bless.

    One pissed off American
    John Feal
    President of the Fealgood Foundation
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    I want everyone to unleash hell on this number.

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    Family in 9/11 Dust Case Visits Medical Examiner

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/20/ny...lt/QBF7swlsazw

    By ANTHONY DePALMA
    Published: October 20, 2007

    The family of a New York City police detective who died years after working at ground zero met for several hours yesterday with New York City medical examiners who had concluded that the detective’s death could not be linked to the toxic dust there.

    Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, the chief medical examiner, sent a letter on Tuesday to Detective James Zadroga’s father, Joseph Zadroga of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., stating “with certainty beyond doubt” that the material found in Detective Zadroga’s lungs “did not get there as the result of inhaling dust at the World Trade Center or elsewhere.”

    After the meeting, Mr. Zadroga slipped out a side door and drove off without saying anything. The family’s lawyer, Michael Barasch, refused to give any details about the meeting or why the medical examiner had contradicted a New Jersey pathologist who concluded last year that Detective Zadroga’s death was caused by respiratory failure “directly related” to ground zero dust.

    “Two rational men can disagree,” Mr. Barasch said. “So the family will leave it to the court of public opinion and let the public decide what makes the most sense here.”

    Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, said that Detective Zadroga’s family had asked Dr. Hirsch a few months ago to examine the autopsy report because they wanted Detective Zadroga’s name to be added to the official list of victims of the attack.

    “Dr. Hirsch gave his personal assurance to the family that he would keep the details of the meeting private and confidential,” Ms. Borakove said.

    Ms. Borakove said the medical examiner had also done re-examinations for three or four other families of people whose deaths were suspected to be linked to ground zero work, and had rejected such a conclusion for all of them. She said that one other review, still pending, was for Cesar A. Borja, a police officer who died in January of pulmonary fibrosis.

    His family claimed he had become ill after rushing to ground zero and spending many hours there. But records indicated his exposure to the dust was far more limited.

    Dr. Gerard Breton, the New Jersey pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Detective Zadroga, said in an interview yesterday that he was not changing his opinion that the detective’s death was linked to his exposure to ground zero dust.

    Dr. Breton said that after completing the autopsy last year, he did not have access to the sophisticated equipment needed to analyze the tissue samples and sent them to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

    Dr. Breton said that the institute identified the foreign material from Detective Zadroga’s lungs, and that he concluded the material was consistent with ground zero dust.
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