News & Updates


December 14, 2006 -- New York Times -- A Fair Deal for 9/11’s Injured
FIVE years have passed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but the flood of litigation continues unabated in federal court in Manhattan. Some 6,000 people are suing New York City, the Port Authority and more than 100 private contractors for negligence in exposing workers to toxic dust and fumes after the collapse of the World Trade Center. Continue reading

December 7, 2006 -- Pulitzer -- From new infamy must come honor
After this act of war exactly 65 years ago, America came to the aid of citizen responders...now, the U.S. owes care to those who rallied when the twin towers were attacked. Continue reading

December 7, 2006 -- New York Times -- Cleanup of 9/11 Dust to Resume, E.P.A. Says, Despite Widespread Criticism
More than five years after contaminated dust from the World Trade Center seeped into apartments and offices throughout Lower Manhattan, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced plans yesterday to start a final indoor cleanup program next month, despite widespread criticism that the program is seriously flawed. Continue reading

November 18, 2006 -- New York Times -- No to Planned Guidelines on 9/11-Related Autopsies
The federal government has abandoned efforts to create standardized autopsy guidelines to help determine whether deaths of people who worked at ground zero during recovery operations in 2001 and 2002 can be conclusively connected to the hazardous smoke and dust they breathed there. Continue reading

October 24, 2006 -- New York Times -- Medical Views of 9/11’s Dust Show Big Gaps
In 2004, Kenneth R. Feinberg, special master of the federal Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, awarded $2.6 million to the family of a downtown office worker who died from a rare lung disease five months after fleeing from the dust cloud released when the twin towers fell. Continue reading

October 18, 2006 -- New York Times -- Many Ground Zero Workers Gain Chance at Lawsuits
A federal judge has rejected the city’s claim that it is protected by law from being sued over the way it handled rescue and recovery operations at ground zero. The ruling opens the way for lawsuits by thousands of workers who say they were made sick by exposure to toxic substances during the 10-month cleanup. Continue reading

October 2, 2006 -- New York Times -- Metro Briefing | New York: Manhattan: Care For Students Near Ground Zero
Representative Jerrold L. Nadler, Borough President Scott M. Stringer and Councilman Alan J. Gerson, all Manhattan Democrats, held a news conference yesterday at Stuyvesant High School to urge the federal government to pay for research, medical screenings and health insurance for students who attended school in Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attack. Continue reading

September 21, 2006 -- New York Times -- Manhattan: Plan for 9/11 Autopsies
Federal health officials have drawn up a national plan for autopsies and tissue sampling of 9/11 workers who die years later in order to determine the effect of exposure to World Trade Center dust. Continue reading

September 11, 2006 -- NPR -- Health Problems Remain for WTC Rescue Workers
Concern is growing about the health problems showing up in thousands of police, firefighters, construction workers and volunteers who took part in the rescue and cleanup efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Continue reading

September 10, 2006 -- New York Times -- Our Slow Death
ON Sept. 11, 2001, I was a lieutenant in the Port Authority Police Department. After the attack, I became the night commander of the rescue and recovery operation at ground zero, charged with recovering the remains of my fellow officers and the thousands of other victims of the World Trade Center collapse. Continue reading