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Senator says progress being made with 9/11 related worker claims

NEW YORK - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), the Senate sponsor of “Jimmy Nolan’s Law”, which allowed 9/11 workers a one year extension to file injury claims, announced today that she was encouraged that New York City is finally taking steps to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who have sustained long term health problems as a result of their work at the World Trade Center site.  Stewart-Cousins also commends federal judge Alvin Hellerstein for holding hearings so that injured workers and their families  can weigh in on whether or not the City’s proposed settlement is fair and appropriate.

“Jimmy Nolan’s Law”, named for a Yonkers carpenter who worked to  recover bodies and build ramps for fire rescue equipment and as a result has suffered debilitation health problems, extends the time that 9/11 workers can file compensation claims for injuries suffered from participating in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or clean up operations.  The Senator’s bill was signed into law on September 9, 2009 extending filing time by one year.

“I am encouraged by Mayor Bloomberg’s settlement offer that will allow many workers at long last to move past the aftermath of this horrible tragedy and be able to make their claims”, Stewart-Cousins stated.  “However, I feel it is critical for those who have suffered to examine the terms of the settlement to determine whether or not it will be adequate and fair compensation based upon their own personal suffering and to make their views known to Judge Hellerstein.”

“I am especially pleased that those impacted will have a voice in this matter thanks to Judge Hellerstein’s decision and strongly urge workers and their families to come forward,” concluded Stewart-Cousins.