“The members of the City’s uniformed services who answered the call on 9/11 are true heroes. Unfortunately, an ever increasing number are becoming ill. Many are dying. We need to better understand the role their presence at the World Trade Center played in their illnesses—particularly the incidence of cancer. Thanks to the enactment of the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act in 2010, which I and my colleagues strongly supported, there is a mechanism to list cancer as a covered condition for treatment and compensation under the Zadroga Act.
In order to understand the connection between service at the World Trade Center and illness we need to know who served there and when. We thank the Bloomberg Administration for diligently trying to find a way to work out any privacy concerns and be able to release the list of those members of the uniformed services who served at the World Trade Center site in the days and weeks after 9/11 and other relevant data.”