Democrats Call to Re-Authorize Zadroga Act Permanently

Democrats Call to Re-Authorize Zadroga Act Permanently


By:  Michael Aron
NJTV


Politicians joined police and fire unions today at the Elizabeth fire department to call on Congress to re-authorize the Zadroga Act. The the 2011 law entitles 9/11 first responders to compensation and added health coverage if they’ve developed health problems directly from their exposure to dust and debris. The law expired on Sept. 30.

“Our 9/11 responders stood on the line of fire. They stood in the line of duty. They stood in the line of risk, and they should not have to stand in line waiting for the Congress to cast a vote for re-authorization, a permanent re-authorization of the Zadroga bill,” said Senator Bob Menendez.

James Zadroga was a New York police officer from North Arlington, New Jersey. He died in 2006, and was the first person to die of 9/11-related illness.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 New Jerseyans get monitored and treated at a Rutgers clinic in Piscatway under the program.

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