Parker Waichman LLP Strongly Supports Democratic Party Nomination of New York Incumbent and Zadroga Act Champion, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, For U.S. Senate

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Parker Waichman LLP Recognizes Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a Steadfast Advocate for Sickened Ground Zero Workers, As Evidenced by Her Tireless Support for the Zadroga Act, and Forceful Call that the Act be Expanded to Cover 9/11 First Responders Stricken with Cancer

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Because of her work on behalf of 9/11 terrorist attack first responders, these heroes have not been forgotten. Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers need Senator Gillibrand in the U.S. Senate to continue fighting on their behalf.

Parker Waichman LLP strongly supports the nomination of incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as the New York Democratic Party's candidate for the U.S. Senate. Parker Waichman LLP recognizes that Senator Gillibrand can be counted on as a steadfast advocate for sickened Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers, as evidenced by her tireless support for passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and her forceful call that the Act be expanded to cover 9/11 first responders stricken with cancer. The New York State Democratic Committee will meet today in New York City to nominate Senator Gillibrand as its candidate for U.S. Senate. []

According to Parker Waichman LLP, The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was named after deceased New York Police Department detective James Zadroga, who had worked at Ground Zero, and like so many of the heroes who responded to the tragedy, became seriously ill due to exposure to toxic dust. The Zadroga Act reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for five years to provide payment for job and economic losses for first responders, those trapped in the buildings, and local residents, who suffered illness or injuries related to the toxic dust. The Act finally became law in December 2010, following a hard fought battle. Parker Waichman LLP, which worked side by side with Ground Zero workers and their advocates for its passage of the Zadroga Act, recognizes its passage would not have been possible without the strong and tireless support of Senator Gillibrand. []

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, thousands of Ground Zero responders have been diagnosed with various illnesses, including cancers and respiratory diseases, because of their exposure to toxic dust, according to Parker Waichman LLP. While many of those sickened first responders are now eligible to receive help thanks to the Zadroga Act, those who have been stricken with cancer have been deemed ineligible for compensation. In a report issued last summer, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced cancers would not be named a covered condition under the Zadroga Act because a review of scientific evidence had purportedly found “very little” evidence of a link between the disease and Ground Zero toxic dust. The decision to exclude cancer from Zadroga Act compensation was made despite a sweeping 20011 study of New York City firefighters which found a 19% increase in cancer overall in those who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. [;]

According to Parker Waichman LLP, NIOSH is expected to revisit the issue of cancer coverage later this year. Since last year's decision, Senator Gillibrand has repeatedly and forcefully called for the expansion of the Zadroga Act to include cancer coverage. Among other things, Senator Gillibrand joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in signing a petition demanding the Zadroga Act be expanded to include first-responders who developed cancer after working at Ground Zero.[]

Because of her work on behalf of 9/11 terrorist attack first responders, these heroes have not been forgotten. Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers need Senator Gillibrand in the U.S. Senate to continue fighting on their behalf. For that reason, Parker Waichman calls on the New York State Democratic Committee to once again nominate Senator Gillibrand as the party's candidate for U.S. Senate when it convenes on Monday in New York City.

"Parker Waichman is proud to support Senator Gillibrand’s reelection bid. Her willingness to fight tough battles on behalf of all New Yorkers is exemplified by the work she has tirelessly done for the 9/11 First Responders and her key role in passage of the Zadroga Act to provide health benefits and compensation for these heroes,” states Jerrold Parker, Founding Partner of Parker Waichman LLP. “We were proud to offer our support to her in that effort and will continue to support her in others.”

Parker Waichman LLP continues to work along side Ground Zero rescue workers to make sure these heroes receive all of the compensation they are entitled to under the Zadroga Act. If you or a loved one are eligible for compensation under the Zadroga Act, and would like assistance with your claim, please the visit the firm's Zadroga Act claims page at

For more information regarding Zadroga Act claims and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

Parker Waichman LLP
Herbert Waichman, Partner
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