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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] Pier A in Battery Park City is undergoing a major renovation. BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee had several items to discuss at its monthly meeting on Dec. 6, but the elephant in the room was the Battery […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  After months of meetings, the NYC Department of Transportation has come up with a concrete plan to manage the influx of tour buses expected to arrive Downtown starting next month for the opening of the National Sept. 11th Memorial. Lower Manhattan is anticipating a notable increase in tour buses once the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Why are there two different geographical parameters within the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act? And, if post-traumatic stress disorder is recognized by the U.S. Army, then why doesn’t the U.S. Department of Justice consider it to be a compensatory illness for 9/11 victims? These were two of the most […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  John Devlin, 50, was a healthy, athletic engineer who never smoked. In 2009, however, after toiling at Ground Zero following 9/11, he developed a disease often associated with a longtime chain smoker: throat cancer. The cause of his cancer, though not yet scientifically proven, seems painfully obvious to Devlin and scores […]

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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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