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    Caesar Borja On The Associated Press

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    Augmentor... ask me your question again.
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    9/11 autopsy guidelines plan scuttled

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    By LARRY McSHANE
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    An effort to create standardized autopsy guidelines that could document the link between toxic air at ground zero and the later deaths of 9/11 rescue workers was abandoned by the federal government over concerns that the information collected could be misinterpreted.

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in a note posted Friday on its web site, said the agency "instead will pursue other avenues for documenting long-term health effects from exposure to air contaminants from the World Trade Center disaster."

    The proposal for standard autopsy guidelines was laid out by the institute in a Sept. 15 draft document that was subsequently reviewed by medical experts outside the federal government. The decision to scratch the autopsy plan came after the experts raised questions about whether the plan would work.

    "This study has many insurmountable barriers to overcome," wrote Dr. David J. Prezant, chief medical officer for the city Fire Department. Prezant, whose review was also posted on the institute web site, said one of those barriers was the "politics of causality," a reference to pending lawsuits filed against the city by injured workers. Autopsy results are often used in civil suits.

    The institute said reviewers had raised several questions about the program, including concerns that "the draft document could be misinterpreted or misapplied, hindering rather than furthering progress in addressing WTC health concerns." The independent reviews were complete on Oct. 31, according to the institute.

    The draft had proposed examining specific sections of the lungs, along with the creation of a "tissue bank" to preserve certain organs and bodily fluids for later testing. But the agency ultimately decided to look for another method to reduce "uncertainties in assessing WTC health effects."

    The five-paragraph web site statement contained no specific alternatives.

    The collapse of the twin towers sent thick plumes of concrete dust, fiberglass, asbestos and lead into the air in lower Manhattan. The tainted air was taken in by thousands of ground zero workers in the weeks after the terrorist attack that killed 2,749 people.

    The guidelines were intended to be used nationwide in cases like the death of New York City police detective James Zadroga, who died last January. Zadroga spent 470 hours working amid the toxic fumes, and fell ill within weeks.

    An autopsy found the 34-year-old detective died as a result of ground zero exposure, finding that there was material "consistent with dust" found in his lungs.
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    9/11 Officer Remembered At Queens Funeral

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    POSTED: 6:49 pm EST January 27, 2007
    UPDATED: 7:02 pm EST January 27, 2007

    NEW YORK -- A city police officer who died five years after working 16-hour shifts amid the toxic debris of ground zero was remembered Saturday at a Queens funeral where family and friends said their final farewells.

    But the Mass for Cesar Borja was also a reminder of the growing number of Sept. 11 first responders reporting health problems, an issue that has politicians from Sen. Hillary Clinton to Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggesting the rescue workers deserve compensation.

    Borja, who was awaiting a lung transplant, died Tuesday just hours before his son Ceasar attended President Bush's State of the Union address as a guest of Clinton. Ceasar, 21, hopes to meet with Bush to discuss the ongoing health problems of workers who spent time in the World Trade Center rubble after the terrorist attack.

    The elder Borja's body was brought into St. Josaphat's Church in the Bayside area by a police honor guard on a brisk winter morning. The officers carried his flag-draped casket into the church as police bagpipers played and one family member collapsed in tears.

    "It's so sad, but we are proud for him," said family friend Alicia Orca before the hour-long service began.

    Cesar Borja, 52, worked double-shifts three times a week at ground zero, according to his son. The 20-year veteran developed the "World Trade Center cough" shortly after retiring in 2003, and his condition deteriorated until his death from pulmonary fibrosis, the son said.

    Clinton and other New York lawmakers have asked Bush to include money in the national budget to treat and monitor thousands of people who say they developed respiratory and other illnesses after working at the World Trade Center site.
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    Mayor: Government should establish fund for 9/11 workers
    Bloomberg says payment should be offered for those succumbing to poisonous air they inhaled at Ground Zero

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    By HEIDI J. SHRAGER
    Saturday, January 27, 2007

    The federal government should establish a compensation fund modeled on the now-defunct September 11 Victim Compensation Fund for the scores of 9/11 workers who are succumbing to the poisonous air they inhaled in the recovery effort at Ground Zero, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday.

    "We want the feds to give us what we had before, a compensation fund, where we can compensate people who have diseases that were caused by their time down at the World Trade Center site when the air obviously was not clean," Bloomberg said on WABC radio. "It no longer exists -- we really could use the money to do it again."

    The Victim Compensation Fund doled out more than $7 billion to about 5,500 people with death and injury claims before it stopped taking claims on Dec. 22, 2003.

    In a New York Times Op-Ed piece last month, the fund special master, Kenneth Feinberg, wrote that more than 1,300 of recipients were workers suffering from the same respiratory illnesses that have emerged in thousands of people since 2003. Those workers got a combined $500 million.

    Feinberg also said $1.5 billion would be enough to settle all claims if a similar fund were created.

    But in a response letter printed in The New York Times the following week, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan/Queens) and Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said compensation costs would far exceed $1.5 billion. The federal government estimates that 50,000 people flocked to Ground Zero to help in the wake of the attacks.

    The mayor included the federal funding request in his preliminary budget for fiscal 2008, which he unveiled Thursday, but did not specify an amount.

    Bloomberg also supports two companion bills introduced in the Senate and House last year; the first would reopen the Victim Compensation Fund and the second would provide medical monitoring and health insurance to all who were exposed to the toxic cloud from the towers' collapse. The House bills were co-sponsored by Fossella and Ms. Maloney.

    Meanwhile, the city Law Department is battling federal negligence lawsuits filed by roughly 6,000 sick municipal workers claiming the city is liable because it failed to provide them with sufficient protective gear from dust and fumes. The city denies liability and says it did provide adequate protection.

    Heidi J. Shrager covers City Hall for the Advance. She may be reached at shrager@siadvance.com.
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    1ST STUDY FOR 9/11 TOXIC TOLL
    N.Y.: IT MAY BE 100+

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/01282007...an_edelman.htm

    By SUSAN EDELMAN

    January 28, 2007 -- The state has launched the first study of deaths among World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers - a grim toll that now exceeds 100, officials told The Post.

    With a $165,000 federal grant from 9/11 health czar John Howard, the state is contributing at least twice that in staff and resources to study what killed the cops, firefighters and other workers who have died after searching for survivors or helping in the cleanup.

    "We want to know about every death, so we can evaluate any patterns with fatalities," said Kitty Gelber, chief epidemiologist with the state Bureau of Occupational Health. "People need to let us know who was there and who died."

    So far, the study has listed "over 100 deaths," Gelber said. The names were culled from the city's WTC health registry, labor unions and news reports, she said.

    The study is now seeking data from the WTC medical monitoring program at Mount Sinai Hospital, the FDNY, medical examiners, and a class-action lawsuit for 9,000 Ground Zero workers.

    About 95 workers - mostly cops and firefighters - have died of respiratory illness, heart failure or cancer, said lawyer David Worby.

    The state has yet to determine the causes of the 100-plus deaths it has identified. Several may involve car crashes or suicides, but all are of interest, Gelber said.

    The goal is to detect trends to help doctors monitor, test and treat 9/11 workers.

    "Let us learn what we can to get the treatment as good as possible now," Gelber said.

    The study will gather each worker's medical records before and after 9/11 and their time at Ground Zero or the Fresh Kills landfill or on trucks and barges that moved debris. Researchers will also interview relatives.

    "While some have attributed a number of deaths to work at the WTC site, the medical link to those fatalities has not been established," said a city Law Department spokeswoman. "We must be very careful not to reach conclusions in advance of scientific and medical proof. The claim that over 90 workers have died is simply unsupported."

    To report the death of a WTC responder, call toll free statewide: (866) 807- 2130 or (518) 402-7900. The e-mail address is wtcfatality@health. state.ny.us.
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    I had no idea the number was that high. I thought it was like 5 or 6 people that have passed away. That means 2,973 is more like 3,073.
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    Lawmakers Want Sickened First-Responders In 9/11 Memorial

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    POSTED: 1:55 pm PST January 28, 2007

    NEW YORK -- The museum planned for ground zero should include a memorial to workers who died after becoming ill during recovery and cleanup of World Trade Center debris, two state lawmakers said Sunday.

    Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat, and Republican Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn said they would introduce legislation in Albany to ensure those workers are recognized.

    "We want to tell the story of the 9/11 workers who rushed here to help put the city back on its feet, who got sick because they did that, and now unfortunately many of them have died," Gianaris said at a news conference attended by ailing first responders and family members.

    The Bush administration, along with state and local governments, have been criticized for being slow to acknowledge that many people developed debilitating illnesses from exposure to toxic materials at ground zero.

    Golden said a full accounting of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks would have to include the effects on the health of first-responders and others who toiled at the trade center debris pile.

    The event came a day after the funeral of police officer Cesar Borja, 58, who died of lung disease believed to have resulted from ground zero recovery activity.
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    New York Sen. Clinton asks Bush to meet with Sept. 11 cop's son

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    1/29/2007, 5:46 p.m. ET

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton asked President Bush on Monday to meet with the son of a Sept. 11 police officer who recently died after a long battle with lung problems.

    Clinton, D-N.Y., made her request in a letter two days before the president is scheduled to visit New York for a speech to the Association for a Better New York.

    The senator's letter centers on the case of former New York Police Department Officer Cesar Borja. The 52-year-old died Jan. 23 just as his son, 21-year-old college student Ceasar Borja Jr., was preparing to attend Bush's State of the Union address.

    The young man was Clinton's guest at the speech.

    Hours after learning of his father's death due to pulmonary fibrosis, the younger Borja decided to attend the speech as a way to honor his father and bring attention to those who are still sick many years after working at the demolished World Trade Center site.

    A day after the speech, he publicly asked for a meeting with the president to tell him about the health problems of ground zero workers.

    Clinton, a presidential contender, wrote to Bush urging him to agree to meet Borja.

    "While you are in New York City, I ask that you accept the request of Ceasar Borja Jr. to meet with you," she wrote, calling the son "one of so many whose lives have been changed by the devastating health effects of 9/11."

    The senator, who has offered legislation that would pay $1.9 billion for health care treatment for sick Sept. 11 workers, said Borja's case is one example of the needs of many more ground zero responders.

    "People are still carrying incredible burdens in the aftermath of 9/11," she wrote.

    A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday.
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    Bush 'Hopeful' of Meeting with Son of Dead NYPD Cop
    Former NYPD officer Cesar Borja died Jan. 23. He had been fighting a sever lung disease, which his family believes he contracted by working at Ground Zero. His son attended the President's State of the Union.

    http://www.myfoxny.com/myfox/pages/N...Y&pageId=3.2.1

    Created: Monday, 29 Jan 2007, 8:53 PM EST

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said late Monday that President Bush might meet in two days with a New York college student whose father recently died from what some believe was a Sept. 11-caused illness.

    "The president is hopeful that a meeting can be arranged when he is in New York this week," White House spokesman Alex Conant said.

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., had asked Bush on Monday to meet with Ceasar Borja Jr., the son of a Sept. 11 police officer who died last week after a long battle with lung problems. She made her request in a letter two days before the president is scheduled to visit New York for a speech to the Association for a Better New York.

    The senator's letter centers on the case of former New York Police Department Officer Cesar Borja. The 52-year-old died Jan. 23 just as his 21-year-old son was preparing to attend Bush's State of the Union address.

    The young man was Clinton 's guest at the speech.

    Just hours after learning of his father's death due to pulmonary fibrosis, the younger Borja decided to go ahead and attend the speech as a way to honor his father and bring attention to those who are still sick many years after working at the demolished World Trade Center site.

    A day after the speech, he publicly asked for a meeting with the president to tell him about the health problems of ground zero workers.

    Clinton, a presidential contender, wrote to Bush urging him to agree to meet Borja.

    "While you are in New York City , I ask that you accept the request of Ceasar Borja Jr. to meet with you," she wrote, calling the son "one of so many whose lives have been changed by the devastating health effects of 9/11."

    The senator, who has offered legislation that would pay $1.9 billion for health care treatment for sick Sept. 11 workers, said Borja's case is one example of the needs of many more ground zero responders.
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