Who We Are
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 finally respond to the health crisis facing so many and reopen the Victim Compensation Fund and create the World Trade Center Health Program. 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 coalition of unions and advocates worked over the years to build overwhelming Congressional support for 9/11 responders and survivors and their families. In 2015, that work resulted in the Congress acting and making the World Trade Center Health Program open until 2090 and extending the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for an additional five years.
In 2019, we again worked with a coalition of 9/11 responders, survivors, labor unions, advocates and dedicated public officials to develop overwhelming bipartisan support for fully funding the Compensation Program and authorizing it till 2090 as well by passing the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.
Since then we have continued to see the growing number of people coming forward with illnesses and cancers related to their exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. The statistics grows every single day. It seems that nearly every other day another 9/11 responder or survivor reportedly dies from a 9/11 related cancer.
The magnitude of the health crisis facing so many, though obvious today, was not entirely known or understood after 9/11. Now that these facts obvious and we have a better understanding of the number of people that are sick and dying from their 9/11 exposures, we need to continue to make sure that Congress does not falter in its support of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors.
Remember it was the Federal Government that said the air was safe to breathe.
It was also the Federal Government that refused for years to take responsibility, to do the research and respond to the health crisis that is facing so many.
We cannot let the Federal Government ever waver in is support.
Even though the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has full funding and is authorized till 2090 and the World Trade Center Health Program is authorized till 2090 as well, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act will need to be vigilant and make sure that Congress continues to not just “Remember 9/11,” but continues to actually support and defend the programs that help injured and ill responders, survivors and their families.
It was only in 2018 that then Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney tried to break up the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which runs the World Trade Center Health Program and Congress had to reject that because of the impact it would have had on the management of the Health Program.
So we remain committed to protecting the programs created by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
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Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Inc. Board of Directors
Suzy Ballantyne, 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
Ben Chevat, Executive Director
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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