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A federal program that’s in place to cover the medical bills of first responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks has seen steady claims since 2016. Then, the pandemic happened.

Tribute in Light, two vertical columns of light representing the fallen towers of the World Trade Center shine against the lower Manhattan skyline on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
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New Yorkers with underlying conditions are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.

That includes over 80,000 first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks who have diseases and cancers caused from the debris at Ground Zero.

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A disbarred attorney from Westchester County, New York pleaded guilty to stealing from a 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. 

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Ceremonies, some in person and others held virtually amid the pandemic, were scattered across New York and Connecticut, remembering those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center 19 years ago.

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Wednesday was the first anniversary of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund’s permanent reauthorization. It guarantees that those poisoned by Ground Zero toxins and their families will have access to health care for the rest of their lives.