Who We Are

The Coalition to Help Injured and Dying 9/11 Responders and Survivors was created by Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Inc.

After years of Washington ignoring the thousands of injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors Congress was finally shamed into passing The “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act” in 2010.

Because of the outpouring of support for the heroes of 9/11, thousands of injured responders and survivors finally started to get the comprehensive treatment for their injuries and illnesses and the compensation for their economic losses from their injuries that they needed and deserved.

However, the 2010 legislation was due to totally expire in 2016, leaving these heroes, survivors and their families without the medical care and support they need.

We could not let that happen.

That is why Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Inc. was created by the unions and groups that worked to get Washington to respond to the health crisis facing so many. Our mission was to make sure the legislation would be renewed and extended.

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act and a broad coalitions of unions and advocates worked over the years to build overwhelming Congressional support for 9/11 responders and survivors. In 2015 that work resulted in the Congress taking action and making the World Trade Center Health Program permanent and extending the Speteber11th Victim Compensation Fund for an additional five years and providing 4.6 billion dollars more to ensure that all those injured are fully compensated for their 9/11 injuries. We made sure that the programs that are helping injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors get the medical treatment and assistance that they need and deserve were continued.

But we are not stopping. Citizens for the Extension will be working in the coming years to make sure that in 2020, when the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has to be renewed that Congress will in fact continue to remember 9/11 and the injured and ill responders, survivors and their families.

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Inc. is a 501(C) 4

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Inc. Board of Directors

Suzy Balllantyne, Chief of Staff to the Democratic New York State Senate
Ryan Delgado, Political Director, New York State AFL-CIO
Liam Guilfoyle, Uniformed Fire Officers Association
Thomas Hart, Health and Safety Officer International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94
Peg Seminario, Safety and Health Director, AFL-CIO
Micki Siegel de Hernández,, Health and Safety Director for the Communications Workers of America (CWA), District 1
James Slevin, Vice President, Uniformed Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 94, AFL-CIO
Wanda Williams, Director of Political Action and Legislation (PAL) Department of District Council 37 (DC 37) of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) AFL-CIO

Executive Director

Ben Chevat, Executive Director

Mailing Address:
Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, Inc.
15 Cheviot Court
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (646) 787-6184

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