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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:43 pm    Post subject: FOSSELLA PRESS RELEASE
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For Immediate Release Contact: Craig Donner
December 19, 2005 (718) 356-5039; Cell (917) 301-8792

Rep. Fossella Provision Restoring $125 Million in Federal Workers Comp Funding for NYC Passes House

Fossella Secured Agreement From House Speaker Following Weeks of Private Negotiations

[New York, NY] -- Congressman Vito Fossella's (R-NY13) provision to restore $125 million in federal workers compensation funding for New York City passed the House early this morning (Monday). Fossella secured an agreement from House Speaker Dennis Hastert late last month on the funding, which led to the provisions includion in the Dept. of Defense Appropriations bill.

Fossella said, "After months of hard work and weeks of negotiations, New York will be getting its money back. This funding will help guarantee that New York City has the money it needs to meet the health challenges of the hardhats and volunteer workers and area residents who were impacted by the terrorist attacks."

In more good news for New York, $75 million will be dedicated to funding existing programs that provide medical and mental health treatment primarily to FDNY, NYPD and other personnel who were directly involved in 9-11 response

Fossella had held private negotiations with Hastert and other Members of the House leadership over the past several weeks to secure the agreement. The President's FY 2006 budget called for rescinding the money, which will be used in the future for September 11th-related workers compensation claims and also to meet the health needs of those affected by the events of that day.

Under the agreement, $75 million will be dedicated to medical and mental health treatment for members of FDNY and NYPD, including baseline and follow-up screening, clinical examinations, and long-term monitoring, analysis, and treatment for emergency services of rescue and recovery personnel who continue to experience ongoing mental and medical health problems. The remaining $50 million will be dedicated to the New York State Uninsured Employers fund for claims related to September 11th attacks and for claims by first responders who were injured, disabled, or who died as a result.

Fossella said, "It is impossible to project at this time the full financial cost of those needs, but it is self-evident that they will continue to be great. There are literally tens of thousands of residents and workers who were in the vicinity of Ground Zero and at the Fresh Kills Landfill during the attacks and in the weeks and months after. These individuals have required - and will continue to require - both physical and mental health treatment. The restoration of the $125 million will ensure that New Yorkers have access to the care they need. I want to thank my colleagues in the House who have been strong supporters of this effort and my partners in making the case for the return of the money."

Denis Hughes, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, "The New York State AFL-CIO extends its thanks and appreciation to Congressman Fossella, Speaker Hastert and all those who dedicated themselves to this noble endeavor. New York is blessed to have elected leaders from both sides of the aisle who are willing to fight for what is right and just. Our September 11th heroes were well served by the coordinated effort of our elected officials, the labor movement and concerned citizens. Securing this funding for our heroes is a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season."


Craig Donner
Press Secretary
Office of Rep. Vito Fossella (NY-13)
(718) 356-8400 main
(718) 356-5039 direct
(718) 356-1928 fax
(917) 301-8792 cell
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