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Port Authority Tentatively Agrees to 9/11 Settlement

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Port Authority, the owner of the World Trade Center property, has tentatively agreed to pay $47.5 million to settle lawsuits by more than 9,000 people exposed to toxic dust during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

A federal judge overseeing the litigation revealed the settlement in an order filed today. The deal is subject to approval by the Port Authority's board. Ninety-five percent of the plaintiffs also have to opt-in by November 8 in order for it to become valid.

The settlement was negotiated on behalf of workers and first responders who named the Port Authority as defendants in their lawsuits. All of the plaintiffs, as well as about 1,000 others, are also involved in litigation against New York City.

The city agreed earlier this year to settle those lawsuits for a maximum of $712 million, as long as sufficient numbers of plaintiffs agree not to pursue additional claims.

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domenick crisci from STATEN ISLAND N.Y.

first and formost Iworked at fresh kills land fill for allmost 15 years before I was LAID OFF I operated a sweep-boat along side the barges off wtc. debris.afther three weeks I was getting nose bleads at the end of the work day.I new then the air was not safe.the word from the chiefs was ,its safe to beath.After so many complaints they issued partical masks.I have been getting sick ever since .My lungs have been damaged and then some .Alright Im not going to fell guilty .When I took the job in 1987 my work was to help clean the water ways of garbage.My last year was not garbage I was picking up .and besides the emotions I WE had to go thu .they still haunt me.

Oct. 21 2010 04:19 PM
GERARD FEMIA

KURT, YOU OBVIOUSLY WERENT A FIRST RESPONDER. AFTER DAYS OF WORKING IN TERRIBLE CONDITIONS WE WERE OFFERED DUST MASKS TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THE SUPPOSEDLY HARMLESS DUST. I DONT KNOW WHERE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS YOU SPEAK ABOUT WERE WHEN I WAS THERE. (9 MONTHS)

Oct. 21 2010 01:29 PM
Greg Gully from NYC

Neil you could not be more incorrect. I was a responder on 9-11 and was told the air was safe by the government authorities on site. In fact Chritie Todd Whitman was the federal official with the EPA that was telling us the air was safe and it was ok to breath. It was also the governments responsibility to supply us with SCBA's if the air was not safe and they did not supply us with the proper equipment. I have been sick since 9-11 and am not looking for a payday. Nodody is going to get rich from this settlement. We were there when America needed us...we ran in when people like you ran away . All we ask is to be protected.

Oct. 15 2010 07:31 PM
Kurt Rieke

Why does either government have a duty to pay these people? Take a look at the accompanying photo to note the complete lack of any protective equipment on the fire fighter walking out of the smoke and dust cloud. Every government official and manager directed all workers to don personal protective equipment - and they largely did not. How does that now become my responsibility, as a taxpayer and toll payer?

Oct. 15 2010 02:50 PM

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