New Law Provides More 9/11 Surviving Families With Health Benefits

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 11, 2020 - 5:11 pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed a bill into law that will expand healthcare benefits for surviving family members of city employees who die in the line of duty, or from a 9/11-related illness.

The legislation expands benefits to include sanitation workers, auto mechanics, corrections officers and traffic agents who worked in lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Mayor de Blasio said they should have always been included as they were “crucial parts of this city’s response.”

“Amidst a tragedy, this city had one of those moments that make us very proud to be New Yorkers – where everyone stood up and helped each other,” the mayor added. “These public servants were a crucial part of it, but they didn’t get the recognition they deserved.  

There are already 85 families eligible for support under the expansion. It could increase to as many at 5,000 over time.

“Whether you wore a uniform or not - if you were there for us, we need to be there for you and your family and we will be,” the mayor said as he signed the legislation.