Brewster, N.Y. – 9/28/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation (S5585) to rectify a flaw in the FDNY legacy points system has knocked the dreams of children of 9/11 heroes seeking to serve in their parents’ footsteps.
“At times politics can get in the way of common sense. When I met these young men a few months back, I made my commitment to do everything in my power to correct this injustice. I would like to salute all my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly as well as the Governor for seeing the importance in giving these children the opportunity they deserve to fulfill their dreams of following in their fallen parents’ footsteps in becoming first responders,” said Senator Greg Ball. “We lost so many brave souls on 9-11 and we still reel from those senseless murders by gutless cowards. What some do not know is that many of those brave enough to respond and blessed enough to survive on 9-11 are suffering and dying from ailments connected to their time spent at and around Ground Zero. Many sucked in a ‘witches brew’ of poisons destroying their bodies. This new law will honor their sacrifice by giving their children this very honorable opportunity.”
The legislation clarifies existing law by defining the term “killed in the line of duty” to include deaths that were the natural and proximate result of either the attacks on September 11, 2001 or participating in the rescue effort that was conducted in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.
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