This bill reopens the registry for workers’ compensation and disability pension for those who were at or near the ground zero after the 9/11 terrorist attack. The new open period will extend through September 11, 2014. If eligible, workers who are on the registry will be presumed to have contracted certain illnesses that manifest themselves later in life as a result of their work at or near the site during that time period. The bill also addresses a shortfall in the law that prohibited vested members of a retirement system who worked at the site during the time in question but who subsequently left service, from being eligible for the registry.
The NYS AFL-CIO will continue to work with affiliates to spread the word and encourage any members or other workers who may be eligible for to register to do so prior to the new expiration date of September 14, 2014.