News & Updates


August 15, 2006 -- NY Daily News -- Gov gets WTC ball rolling
Watching Gov. Pataki at Ground Zero yesterday, there was a sense that someone in government was starting to address the needs of the forgotten victims of 9/11 - however incompletely, however late. Continue reading

August 15, 2006 -- New York Times -- Pataki Signs Law Increasing Death Benefits for Ground Zero Workers
Gov. George E. Pataki signed a law Monday ordering New York City to pay more generous death benefits to relatives of city workers who took part in the rescue and cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center site and who later die from certain cancers or respiratory illnesses. Continue reading

August 10, 2006 -- NY Daily News -- Please help me go on living
A man's life is at stake. His name is Vito Valenti. On Sept. 11 he was caught in the maelstrom and stayed at Ground Zero as a volunteer to help in the frantic rescue and recovery operation. And today he is dying. Continue reading

August 7, 2006 -- NY Daily News -- Save lives with $150 lung exam
WHAT HAPPENED to Mark DeBlase -- the sudden emergence of a rapidly fatal lung disease -- is the nightmare that shadows the forgotten victims of 9/11. Continue reading

July 30, 2006 -- NY Daily News -- I never complained, or sued, nor will I, but in case I die…
They were among the 40,000 who stepped forward for New York and America after 9/11, and they speak here of the price they paid for serving. Their stories are not unusual. No, they are typical among the more than 12,000 men and women who were sickened by breathing the toxic cloud that shrouded Ground Zero. Continue reading

July 25, 2006 -- NY Daily News -- The making of a health disaster
FOR CHRISTOPHER HYNES, life as a forgotten victim of 9/11 is a battle for breath. Five years ago, Hynes was a 30-year-old, healthy, nonsmoking New York City police officer. Then, in September and October 2001, he was assigned to Ground Zero duty, spending more than 100 hours patrolling the perimeter of the smoldering rubble of the twin towers. The air was thick with dust and smoky particles. Continue reading

July 24, 2006 -- NY Daily News -- Death Sentence
On Aug. 6, 2004, Stephen Johnson died from service in the line of duty at age 47. Yet the rolls of honor do not bear his name, nor has the mayor or the fire commissioner stood in public tribute to this fallen hero. Continue reading

July 23, 2006 -- NY Daily News -- Abandoned Heroes
Forty-thousand-strong, they labored at Ground Zero under miserable conditions in a time of crisis, working 10 and 12 hours a day to search for the lost, extinguish underground fires and haul off 2 million tons of rubble. As a direct result, well over 12,000 are sick today, having suffered lasting damage to their respiratory systems. Continue reading

June 25, 2006 -- USA Today -- Health troubles persist for 9/11 rescue workers
It was late in the night when James Zadroga, sleeping beside his 4-year-old daughter, woke up to fetch her some milk. It was no easy errand: The former New York City police detective's lungs were so scarred that he needed supplemental oxygen to breathe. Continue reading

June 16, 2006 -- New York Times -- Manhattan: Search for Body Parts Will Resume
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has approved a revised plan by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to inspect the rooftop of the former Deutsche Bank building, which was struck by the collapsing 2 World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Hundreds of tiny bone fragments have been found in the gravel ballast, which is being cleaned before demolition of the bank building begins. Continue reading