Editorial: ‘Zadroga’ Lives On

Chief Leader - December 22, 2015

by RICHARD STEIER

It took more lobbying and created more aggravation than it should have, but Congress finally agreed last week to extend the Zadroga Act providing medical treatment to ill World Trade Center responders for 75 years and to guarantee an additional five years and $4.6 billion in coverage under the related Victim Compensation Act.

Credit belongs to the activists and the fire unions that pressed the case through frustrating delays, as well as the area representatives who made the case to sometimes-recalcitrant colleagues, with U.S. Reps. Pete King, Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand leading the charge.

As several of them said, the cops and firefighters, as well as private-sector construction workers, who strove long and hard in the search first for survivors and then for remains, deserve the best medical care possible for the adverse consequences of their selfless labors.