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Updates on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Extension Legislation

House of Representatives Votes in Favor of VCF Extension On Friday, July 12th, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a large margin to reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until the year 2090. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation to those whose health has been impacted by 9/11 and the families of…

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House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Votes in Favor of VCF Extension After Testimony from SPBMC Client and Jon Stewart, Among Others

After powerful testimony from several key figures, including SPBMC client and retired FDNY Lieutenant Michael O’Connell and former Daily Show host and 9/11 victims advocate Jon Stewart, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted in favor of an extension to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF will be extended through 2090. Also present at the hearing were House Judiciary…

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Remembering Black Sunday Firefighters

Today marks the anniversary of the devastating Black Sunday fires in 2005, which killed or severely injured seven members of the FDNY. First, Brooklyn firefighter Richard Sclafani died when overcome by smoke at a private house fire. On that same day, five firefighters and a lieutenant became trapped in a Bronx apartment that was consumed by flames and were forced…

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What Are My Rights If I Am Asked For a Drug Test?

The FDNY has a random drug testing program. When a Company is chosen by computer as the subject of a random drug test, the BITS Drug Testing Unit will come to that Company’s firehouse without notice. Presumably they will wait until the Company is in quarters before announcing their presence. When the Drug Testing Unit…

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What should I do if I receive a notice or call from EEO or BITS?

The short answer is to not answer any questions and immediately call your trustee.

Often, when either BITS or EEO is conducting an investigation, they will ask to speak with Members. There are two designations that a person being interviewed will be classified as: a subject or a witness.

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Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. Secures Major VCF Awards In First Quarter Of 2017

On April 28, 2017, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) issued its First Quarterly Report for 2017 and its findings confirm the continued success Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. (SPBMC) has achieved in maximizing awards for its clients. Since January 2013, when the first VCF awards were issued under the Zadroga Act, through…

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New Rules for VCF Claims

With the extension of the Victim Compensation Fund, updated rules for claims are now in place. Check out Sullivan Papain’s web site on the VCF for more information.

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9/11 Compensation Fund Has Paid Out $1.5B

9/11 Compensation Fund Has Paid Out $1.5B To Victims of Attacks More than $1.5 billion in compensation funds has been distributed since 2011 to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Justice Department announced June 15. Since the Victim Compensation Fund was reopened five years ago, Special Master Sheila Birnbaum has approved final…

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NYC Firefighters Disability Protection Bill Passes

More than 2,000 New York City Firefighters are a step closer to having disability protections granted to them after the New York State Assembly and Senate unanimously approved legislation granting New York City Firefighters, hired since June 2009, similar disability protections to more senior FDNY firefighters.

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Bill Would Create Cancer Registry for Firefighters

WASHINGTON – Firefighters contract cancer 14% more often than other people because of the toxins they’re exposed to on the job, according to congressional lawmakers who want to establish a registry to track those cancer cases. Legislation unveiled Tuesday would create a National Firefighter Cancer Registry and direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track the types of…

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Government to Study Chemical Threat to Subways

The feds will spend a week in city subway stations trying to figure out how vulnerable they are to chemical or gas terrorist attacks. The Department of Homeland Security will stage several simulated airborne particle attacks in Grand Central, Times Square and Penn stations from Monday to Friday. The tests will involve sending inert tracer…

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Judge Blasts FDNY for Denying Line-of-Duty Pension

The FDNY medical and pension boards acted in bad faith by denying benefits for nine years to the widow of a Sept. 11 responder, a State Supreme Court Justice ruled in a sharply-worded March 22 opinion. Brooklyn Justice Richard Velasquez granted Jackie Fernandez retroactive line-of-duty death benefits for her husband, retired Fire Lieut. Cruz Fernandez,…

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Jury Awards Black Sunday Firefighters $183M in Damages

PRESS RELEASE New York, NY, February 22, 2016 – Today a Bronx jury found both the City of New York and the landlord responsible for the tragedy that occurred on January 23, 2005, a day that will forever be known as “Black Sunday” in the FDNY. The jury awarded damages to five firefighters and their…

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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Update

The deadline to register with the Fund depends on the type of cancer being claimed and the date of diagnosis.  Calculating the deadline can be complicated and depends on an individual claimant’s facts.  Thus, it is strongly recommended that anyone who is thinking of filing a claim consult cheap jerseys with a lawyer as soon…

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