Zadroga Act should cover cancer care for Bravest who worked Ground Zero: Lawmakers

A bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday demanded the Zadroga Act be expanded to include first-responders who developed cancer at Ground Zero - before it's too late.

A sweeping FDNY study released last week indicated that firefighters who worked at the smoldering World Trade Center site had a 19% greater likelihood of developing cancer of those who did not.

The politicians are using that data as the heart of their appeal to the 9/11 Health Czar to reverse his original decision and include cancer as a disease covered by the $4.3 billion fund.

"It is alarming evidence and it calls for action," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) as she stood with other pols who sponsored the legislation at the PATH train station just steps from the World Trade Center site.

"It is our moral responsibility to reauthorize the bill," Maloney said.

A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ruled in July that cancer could not be linked to Twin Tower toxins - and therefore would not be covered by the Zadroga Act.

But the Zadroga law includes a requirement that its czar, Dr. John Howard, review his ruling every year - or at the request of elected officials.

"It would be inhumane to wait," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan), who was joined by Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-Manhattan), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-S.I) and Sept. 11th activists.

"We believe the evidence is now clear that cancer was caused by time spent at Ground Zero - something we always suspected," said Nadler. "The evidence is compelling."

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