Amato Bill To Extend 9/11 Task Force


Assemblywoman Stacey Amato and Senator Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn) passed a bill, A.10249/S.8129, that would revive and extend the September 11th Workers Protection Task Force (“Task Force”). The bill passed through both the State Assembly and Senate and will be sent to the Governor’s desk for signature.

The Task Force was a key component of New York’s landmark 2005 legislation creating pension benefits for first responders who participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup operations at the World Trade Center. First set to expire in 2010, it was extended many times, most recently in 2015.

According to Amato and Gounardes, the bill reauthorizes the task force until 2025 and seeks to revitalize it by refreshing appointments, expanding the areas of study, and setting a biannual meeting requirement to accompany the provision that the task force deliver reports on its findings to the Governor, Senate and Assembly by June 1 each year.

"Last year, the legislature worked tirelessly to ensure that all 9/11 first responders received the benefits they were not only were entitled to but deserve- we began to reform the NYCERS board by increasing the number of physicians who could take on cases, and we finally provided unlimited sick leave to those battling for their lives as a result of a 9/11 illness," Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said.

"Now, we're taking another major step in that direction. The reinstatement of this Task Force will allow us to identify more people that we can help, and more lives that we can potentially save.”