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New York Post
9 Sep 2023


NextImg:Hochul to mark 9/11 anniversary by signing bill aiding workers exposed to Ground Zero toxins

Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to sign into law Monday a bill requiring businesses that operated near Ground Zero during 9/11 to notify their employees at the time that they could be eligible for federal benefits and health monitoring.

Lawmakers told State of Politics that Hochul will sign the 9/11 Notice Act, which is aimed at aiding thousands of workers who may have been exposed to life-threatening toxins, while marking the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The bill applies to workers of businesses with 50 or more people in lower Manhattan and northern Brooklyn who worked near Ground Zero between September 2001 and the end of May 2002.

Roughly 400,000 civilians were exposed to 9/11 toxins, but unlike many first responders, only a small percentage of them with medical conditions have applied for federal benefits and health monitoring.
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Lawmakers told State of Politics that Hochul will sign the 9/11 Notice Act, while marking the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Lawmakers told State of Politics that Hochul will sign the 9/11 Notice Act, while marking the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

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The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Nader Sayegh (D-Yonkers) and Sen. Bria Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and approved by the state Legislature in June.

It was delivered to Hochul’s desk on Thursday.

Reps with Hochul’s office would not confirm her plans for the legislation but told The Post she will attend the annual ceremonies at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Monday.

The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Nader Sayegh (D-Yonkers) and Sen. Bria Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and approved in June.

The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Nader Sayegh (D-Yonkers) and Sen. Bria Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and approved in June.
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The bill applies to workers of businesses with 50 or more people who worked near Ground Zero between September 2001 and the end of May 2002.

The bill applies to workers of businesses with 50 or more people who worked near Ground Zero between September 2001 and the end of May 2002.

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About 400,000 civilians were exposed to 9/11 toxins, but only a small percentage with qualifying medical conditions have registered for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program.

Both provide free monitoring and treatment for eligible individuals with WTC-related illnesses, including cancer and other diseases.