Thanks to a coalition of 9/11 Responders, Survivors, labor unions and dedicated public officials, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 became law.. After being denied help for years, over 70,000 9/11 Responders and Survivors from around the country who went to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Shanksville crash site are now getting medical monitoring and treatment and compensation for their injuries.

James Zadroga (February 8, 1971 – January 5, 2006) and daughter

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer and 9/11 Responder

What is the Zadroga Act?

James Zadroga (February 8, 1971 – January 5, 2006) was a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who died of a respiratory disease that has been attributed to his participation as a Responder in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks. Zadroga was the first NYPD officer whose death was attributed to exposure to his contact with toxic chemicals at the attack site.

Zadroga had joined the NYPD in 1992 and attained the rank of Detective. He was a healthy non-smoker and had no known history of asthma or other respiratory conditions before spending 450 hours participating in the recovery efforts at the 9/11 attack site. Weeks after his time at the World Trade Center site, Zadroga developed a persistent cough, and, as the months progressed, he developed shortness of breath and became unable to walk distances more than 100 feet without gasping for air.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund awarded Zadroga a monetary settlement in excess of $1M in 2004, after determining that his exposure to dust at Ground Zero had caused his respiratory illness. The New York City Police Department Medical Board approved his application for permanent disability retirement that same year, after concluding that his illness was related to dust exposure.  James Zadroga died in 2006.

The Legislation 

Federal legislation intended to provide health monitoring and financial aid to sick 9/11 workers is known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Its sponsors include Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. The original bill did not pass. The U.S. House passed a new version of the act in September 2010. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked the Senate to do the same. In a Senate vote held on December 9, 2010, Democrats were unable to break a Republican filibuster against the bill; the vote was 57 in favor of ending debate and 42 against, but 60 votes were needed for the bill to proceed to an up-or-down vote. Republicans outlined concerns around paying for the $7.4 billion bill in an appropriate way. Additionally, they also raised concerns about creating an expansive new healthcare entitlement program and re-opening the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. Comedian Jon Stewart of The Daily Show was credited by the White House and other media and political news outlets for bringing awareness of the Republican filibuster on the Zadroga bill. The bill received final Congressional approval on December 22, 2010, and was enacted by President Obama on January 2, 2011.

New York Congressional Representatives Remember 9/11.  

The other members of Congress must protect Responders and Survivors.  

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act allocated $4.2 billion to create the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides testing and treatment for people who worked in response and recovery operations as well as for other survivors of the 9/11 attacks. There are several WTC Health Program clinic locations in the New York City area as well as a national network of clinics associated with the National Responder Health Program. 

The Problem

On October 1, 2015, the Zadroga Act expired.  Unless Congress acts, federally-funded health care and compensation for thousands of injured and ill 9/11 Responders and survivors expires in 2016.  The medical treatment that 9/11 Responders and survivors from around the country are now finally getting for their injuries will end. Those that come down with cancer after October 2016 will not only go without treatment but will not be compensated for their injuries. We must ensure that the Zadroga Act is reinstated so that Repsonders and survivors are protected.

Congressman Dan Donovan (left) and URFA President / Dedicated Democrats

Chairman John Sollazzo have joined forces to cause Congress to move on the

Zadroga Act to protect 9/11 Responders and survivors.  

What Can We Do?
We must make sure that doesn’t happen.  Dedicated Democrats are working with Congressman Dan Donovan and the United Retired Firefighters Association (URFA) to make sure that this does not happen.  Congressman Dan Donovan represents all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn in the U.S. Congress.  John Sollazzo is the President of the URFA, an organization with over 16,000 retired firefighters.  Dedicated Democrats will be acting in solidarity with Responders and survivors, Elected Officials, Labor Leaders, Community Organizations and all others to any and all efforts to cause Congress to move on the Zadroga Act.


The URFA represents over 16,000 retired firefighters

who support Congressional action on the Zadroga Act. 

Join Dedicated Democrats

To help take a stand, you can join the Dedicated Democrats to learn about the important issues related to the Zadroga Act and take action to ensure that 9/11 Responders and their families are protected.  Call Dedicated Democrats Chairman John Sollazzo at 917-751-4488 or email at sollazzodem@aol.com. 

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