Governor Signs Legislation Aiding 9/11 Volunteers & Workers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today legislation has been signed to extend the period for workers and volunteers to file a Notice of Participation for lost wage and medical benefits as a result of their involvement in the rescue, recovery and clean-up operations following September 11, 2001.

"It has been 17 years since the attacks of September 11 changed our world forever, and on that day and the weeks and months that followed, thousands of courageous workers and volunteers put their lives on the line to save others," Governor Cuomo said. "We will never forget the selfless heroes who did not make it home that day, and we owe first responders and those who aided in the recovery effort an eternal debt of gratitude. This bill rightly and fairly provides 9/11's brave recovery workers and volunteers the time they need to receive the health benefits and compensation they deserve."

Previously, the Governor signed legislation on September 11, 2016, to extend the period for individuals to register under the World Trade Center Disability Law to September 11, 2018.

This bill (S.7797-A/A.10499), extends the deadline until September 11, 2022. The extension will allow more individuals additional time to file for workers’ compensation, disability, and accidental death benefits as a result of their participation in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations. 

The legislation, which takes effect immediately, also protects claims filed on or before September 11, 2022, if the volunteer or workers' disability occurred between September 11, 2015 - September 11, 2017.

Governor Cuomo is also strongly encouraging all 9/11 responders to consider using the World Trade Center Health Program for both treatment and monitoring of their health. Responders are seen at the clinics by experts in the field, without charge. This program, also known as the Zadroga Act, is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has been funded by the Federal government for 75 years.

In addition to treating illnesses, the clinics begin monitoring the health of responders. Services are available at many Clinical Centers of Excellence in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, as well as through a nationwide network of providers. For more information, visit the CDC World Trade Center Health Program website.

For more information on filing a notice of participation, please visit the New York State Workers' Compensation Board's announcement regarding the extension.

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