City Hall, NY – Today, to mark the eighteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, City Council Health Committee Chair Mark Levine and Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger renewed their efforts to require the New York City Department of Education to account for public school staff and students who were exposed to the dangerous conditions around Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.
“On this 9/11 anniversary we must honor the memories of those who have fallen, and also fight for survivors who continue to suffer the deadly health effects of this tragic event,” said Council Members Levine and Treyger in a joint statement. “One group of survivors has consistently gotten too little attention: the students, teachers, and staff who were at schools near Ground Zero during the months following the attack, a time when the air remained contaminated. For this reason, we have introduced a bill that requires the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Health, to provide an official accounting of all the students and school staff who were exposed, and educate them about the services and support available to them through the World Trade Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund. We must do everything in our power to support the education community--and all those harmed--in the worst attack in our nation’s history.”
According to reports, up to 2,500 teachers and support staff and 19,000 students attended the 29 public schools within what is covered by the World Trade Center Health Program. Council Member Levine introduced the bill earlier this year and is planning a hearing in the City Council Health Committee later this Fall.