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Politics Feds to restore millions they took from sick FDNY 9/11 heroes

00:25  25 october  2020
00:25  25 october  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will finally pay back millions the federal government took from the FDNY’s 9/11 treatment program over the last four years.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island) late Friday that an alphabet soup of federal agencies — including the Treasury Department — will return $3.3 million that was docked from the program that cares for firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians sickened by exposure to the toxic rubble of the Twin Towers.

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New Rochelle Fire Department Capt. Barry Nechis spent a month at Pier 94 working on logistics during the recovery effort. He worries about the range Many are sick for years; for others, it comes on fast. Reeg recalled the loss of Jimmy Lanza, an FDNY member who helped pull 16 people out of the rubble

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Carolyn Maloney, Peter T. King, Kirsten Gillibrand are posing for a picture: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) speaks during a news conference with (L-R) Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), John Feal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), emergency responders from New York and members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to announce their support for the permanent reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act outside the U.S. Capitol November 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. © Provided by New York Daily News Rep. Peter King (R-NY) speaks during a news conference with (L-R) Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), John Feal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), emergency responders from New York and members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to announce their support for the permanent reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act outside the U.S. Capitol November 17, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) speaks during a news conference with (L-R) Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), John Feal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), emergency responders from New York and members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to announce their support for the permanent reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act outside the U.S. Capitol November 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/)

“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the Daily News Saturday. “I mean this just never should have happened, but we fought hard, we got it done.”

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Although the New York City 's Law Department indicated at the time that the City's liability for the claims would only be around 0 million The 9 / 11 Heroes Stamp Program was administered by the Department of Homeland Security which gave funds to those who became disabled from direct

The first memorials to the victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001 began to take shape online, as hundreds of webmasters posted their own thoughts, links to the Red Cross and other rescue agencies, photos, and eyewitness accounts.

The slashing of the critical funding was reported exclusively by the The News last month, on the eve of 19th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Federal officials dithered for weeks trying to figure out how to account for the galling deductions, how much money was missing, who was to blame, and whether to return the cash.

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The funds were apparently taken to offset still-unexplained disputes over Medicare debts the city has with the feds.

The FDNY’s chief medical officer, Dr. David Prezant, noticed growing gaps in the payouts, and asked for answers. For well over a year, he got nowhere.

But after he brought it to King’s office, the Treasury Department offered a partial accounting in March, though it gave no real explanation or solution to the problem.

“It has taken too long for this fix to be implemented, for a problem that never should have occurred in the first place,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y ). “I’m relieved that the program will be made whole and that any future disputes with NYC over possible debts will not involve holding 9/11 heroes' healthcare hostage.”

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The September 11 attacks of 2001, in addition to being a unique act of terrorism, constituted a media event on a scale not seen since the advent of civilian global satellite links.

Reactions to the September 11 attacks included condemnation from world leaders, other political and religious representatives and the international media, as well as numerous memorials and services all over the world.

There are still bureaucratic details to iron out, but now Prezant can start to fill 21 jobs left vacant at the treatment program because he couldn’t pay doctors, nurses and support staff.

“This takes care of one very important issue that will allow us to provide the exceptional care that our firefighters and EMS workers deserve after being exposed to 9/11,” Prezant said. “Once this money is actually transferred and officially recorded, then we have to work on getting these people hired.”

For King, the entire experience is baffling.

“Even just the optics of it should have been enough, apart from the morality and apart from the lack of decency here, just the optics of it where you’re talking about 9/11 FDNY victims who were the face of 9/11 -- to be putting their health at risk over a bookkeeping issue, which didn’t even involve them,” King said.

Prezant credits The News for shedding a light on the dark decisions made in Washington.

“Without your help and your constant publicity on this issue, none of this would have happened because we’d been trying for over a year on our own to make this happen. And it wasn’t moving forward at all,” Prezant told The News. “You’re amazing. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

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