Extend the Zadroga Bill now

By John Amato

Congress needs to extend the Zadroga Bill, which has been helping first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. There are still many people who worked at that site who are quite ill with cancer, emphezema and other lung-related illnesses who must be compensated.

How could Congress even consider allowing this bill to lapse? We have to take care of all of those who responded and worked at that site—firefighters, police officers, EMTs and many others, including construction workers, ironworkers, carpenters, tin knockers and electricians, as well as other civilians.

Our nation owes it to all of these people,and we must take care of them. Congress needs to get its act together regarding this very serious issue and pass an extension of this bill so monetary compensation can continue for our brave people who worked at Ground Zero, as well as their families.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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