ALBANY, N.Y. (ABC10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that state will continue to cover the cost of lost wages and health care expenses for volunteers who contracted illnesses at the World Trade Center site following the attacks in 2001.
The governor’s office says the state budget ensures volunteers will continue receiving benefits even though federal funding allocated to the state has been exhausted.
“These brave men and women selflessly volunteered to help their neighbors during our darkest days and showed the world what it means to be a New Yorker,” said Gov. Cuomo. “They deserve nothing less than our full support and we are committed to ensuring they have access to the resources they need.”
Many volunteers developed health conditions linked to toxic dust and debris at the site.
Governor Cuomo is encouraging all 9/11 responders to consider using the World Trade Center Health program, administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for both treatment and monitoring of their health.