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BY ALINE REYNOLDS AND TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  For many years, free medical treatment has been available to residents, students and Lower Manhattan workers who were exposed to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack and its aftermath. But the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act that Pres. Barack Obama signed into law in January 2011 […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES  |  Spurred by the outcome of the Deutsche Bank trial that saw the acquittal of three individuals charged in a case involving the deaths of NYC Firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, two groups are hoping the case will not go away. “I think they tried the wrong people. They were […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Downtown community members seem very pleased thus far with the leadership of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum. What they are not pleased with, however, is the catchment area she determined based on satellite photos of the initial dust cloud taken after the attack. The claims territory from the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Forty-seven-year-old Ken George, a 9/11 first responder, is too sick to work due to his exposure to Ground Zero toxins.   George was forced to retire in 2006, a year after having a heart attack that doctors believe was precipitated by steroids and other medication he was taking for his respiratory […]

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Jermaine Farrah, 30 – Tribeca I think the Republican Party [was] to blame for the deadlock. I’m not saying that the Democrats have been as proactive as they should be, but you have to be reasonable in what you need to do in order to fix the deficits and move forward, and the Republicans aren’t […]

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  BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Sheila Birnbaum, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, talks about her objectives as the newly appointed administrator of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and how her previous experience mediating wrongful death and personal injury law suits of nearly 100 families and 9/11 victims makes her equipped for […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER |Residents of some choice real estate in Manhattan and Brooklyn are beside themselves. They can’t open their windows because of non-stop helicopter noise and fuel odors from the choppers taking off and landing at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on Pier 6 near the intersection of Whitehall and South Streets. The noise […]

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BY CYNTHIA MAGNUS  |  The firefighters, politicians, and union leaders who marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday, June 3, joined a crowd of roughly 15,000 demonstrators at City Hall to decry Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed closure of 20 fire companies citywide. The plan has been met with blistering criticism from firefighters, local residents, and […]

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BY Aline Reynolds | Frustration and tension pervaded the room on Mon., May 16 when the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s President David Emil updated Community Board 1’s World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee on the status of the federal funds the agency is authorized to administer. C.B. 1 Chairperson Julie Menin stressed the importance of Emil’s […]

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BY Aline Reynolds | The community directly affected by 9/11 rejoiced when the James Zadroga Act was signed into law in early January. But the exact provisions of the bill are still far from being ironed out. Activating the health portion of the bill will largely be in the hands of Dr. John Howard, who […]

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