$9M for Trade Center Volunteers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that the 2016-2017 state budget includes $9 million to cover the cost of lost wages and health care expenses for volunteers who contracted illnesses at the World Trade Center site a year after September 11, 2001. This ensures that volunteers will continue to receive benefits and financial support even though federal funding allocated to the state for this purpose has been exhausted. Cuomo stated, “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 Yorkers,” he added, “They deserve nothing less than our full support and we are committed to ensuring they have access to the resources they need.” Many volunteers have developed health conditions linked to the toxic dust and debris found at the World Trade Center. While paid workers are covered by their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance, volunteers had no such safety net until Congress appropriated $25 million for these benefits in 2002, which was increased to $50 million in 2005.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.