Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
Fund for 9/11 Victims Under Fire
Sunday, December 09, 2012
First responders and residents in lower Manhattan who were injured or sickened in the attacks on September 11, 2001 have yet to receive any money nearly two years after a law created the victim’s compensation fund, according to a report in The New York Post.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) blasted the fund’s administrators Sunday calling the delay “outrageous” and pledged to write a letter demanding payments be paid before Christmas to those victims who have submitted complete applications.
“I don't care how complex it is,” said Schumer. “The people at the Victim's Compensation Fund should be moving heaven and earth to get the funds to those who were injured.”
President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act into law on January 2, 2011, and Congress appropriated $2.7 billion for the fund.
Sheila Birnbaum, special master of the fund, told The Post that most applications are incomplete.
“Nobody wants to get money out quicker than I do,” she told the Post.
Birnbaum said she expects to start making payments in January.