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Supreme Court backs same-sex marriage benefits
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a major provision of the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, cheering supporters of same-sex marriage nationwide.
The Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence cut the ribbon in its new facility on Monday.
The center, which specifically treats first responders to the WTC attack on September 11, 2001, has moved from Flushing to a larger space in Rego Park.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) joined the chorus of legislators lambasting potential cuts to funding for the Zadroga Act through a sequestration deal cooked up by Congress last winter to shove the nation toward a balanced budget.
The oft-lambasted forced cuts to federal spending would slash $38 million from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, hitting programs such as Elmhurst Hospital’s WTC Environmental Health Center.
Congressional legislators have banded together to save from automatic budget cuts set for January funds designated to compensate and cover health expenses for 9/11 first responders and victims.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan), Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) and Peter King (R-Nassau), along with U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, on Tuesday demanded the Office of Management and Budget spare the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and World Trade Center Health Fund from $38 million in cuts through sequestration.
Dr. Jacqueline Moline, director of the Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence in Flushing, is applauding the federal government’s plan announced Monday to cover up to 50 types of cancer under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
For years, first responders, their families and many health experts have been pushing the government to include cancers for coverage under the Zadroga Act. Federal guidelines previously prohibited the use of funds for cancer patients because it was believed there was not enough documentation to prove the connection with 9/11.
The clock is ticking, and 9/11 first responders who filed lawsuits saying their health was compromised by toxic air only have until Monday, Jan. 2 to decide their next step.
More than 1,600 people have filed lawsuits that are still in the court. They have the option of fighting on or dropping the litigation and applying for benefits under the federal Victim Compensation Fund.
Among the countless individuals who responded at Ground Zero on that fateful day 10 years ago was Rafael Hernandez, a firefighter in his native Mexico who had come to this country two years earlier in search of a better life for himself and his three young children back home.
When he died at the age of 49 on Sept. 25, a result, it is generally believed, of respiratory failure due to complications from exposure to toxic dust at the site, he left a void that many of his acquaintances agree will be very hard to fill.
LIJ Medical Center announced Tuesday the award of a five-year, $3.85 million federal contract to partner with the Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center at Queens College to increase access to medical and mental health services for WTC responders in Queens.
The funding is part of the recently enacted James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides $4.3 billion in federal funding to address the health crisis surrounding the WTC tragedy.
When Middle Village resident Patricia Kalborous heard that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act had been signed into law on Sunday, her joy was tinged with regret.
“They were there for us, we ought to be there for them,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens and Manhattan) on Tuesday, as she prepared to board a plane to Washington, DC to fight for surviving victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On Nov. 2, registered Queens voters will have tough choices to make when it comes to selecting their future representatives.
Nine years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, elected officials and police and fire unions this week urged the Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Bill.
The United States continues to face numerous challenges from all sides — an economy that’s still fragile as crystal, asymmetrical warfare on multiple fronts against a vile and unpredictable enemy, a divisive backlash against socially progressive measures like marriage equality, political splintering that seems to divide left and right as much as any time in history.
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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) and members of his staff last Friday hit the streets of Rego Park to answer questions and listen to concerns of constituents as part of his mobile office tour.
Bob Turner watched many replays of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Queens and Brooklyn) tirade regarding compensation for Ground Zero workers on the House floor a couple of weeks ago and laughed. For the Rockaway Point resident, it was nothing more than “political theatrics” that were staged.
The only evaluation and treatment program in Queens for 9/11 responders is in jeopardy of closing if the federal government does not allocate funds soon.
Queens residents who worked, lived or went to school in the vicinity of the Sept. 11 attacks, will be able to get healthcare closer to home at Elmhurst Hospital Center.
A South Ozone Park native who spent over two months working at ground zero and served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s security team, died of cancer last week.
On Monday, we again paused to remember and reflect on the tremendous loss our city and nation suffered five years ago. While Sept. 11, 2001 left us with emotional scars that may never heal, steps have to be taken to treat and compensate those who are still suffering physically—the first responders at ground zero. These firefighters, police officers, construction workers and volunteers spent weeks around what we now know to have been a lethal, one million ton mix of concrete, glass, mercury, asbestos, lead and more than 400 other chemicals.