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Legislature doesn’t pass 9/11 Notice Act: Advocates say thousands won’t know they’re eligible for federal assistance related to tragedy

The New York Legislature did not manage to pass the 9/11 Notice Act before the end of its session, which aimed to educate thousands about their potential eligibility for federal assistance related to the 2001 terrorist attacks.


The Act would require employers of 50 or more employees to inform those who worked near the World Trade Center or the surrounding New York City Exposure Zone through May 2002 about their possible eligibility for compensation through the federal September Eleventh Victim Compensation fund and the World Trade Center health program.

Advocates say there is a common misperception that only first responders are entitled to benefits, whereas the majority of victims downtown during and after the attacks were civilians.

This includes workers, residents, and students, all of whom are at an elevated risk of developing dozens of related cancers and illnesses.



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