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Traveling to D.C. and Across the Country to Advocate for Firefighters

Jon Stewart & Michael Barasch

Jon Stewart & Michael Barasch

Our law firm has represented FDNY firefighters injured on the job for over 25 years, and in front of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) since it began in 2002. We know firefighter law, and we know the VCF.

Actually, through the cases and claims we’ve handled, and through our lobbying efforts, we had a hand in shaping both firefighter law and the VCF. We are always here to answer your questions about either.

Three years ago, FDNY Ret. Deputy Chief Richie Alles joined our firm. His knowledge of all things FDNY is nearly encylopaedic. And he is here, too, to answer your questions. Plus, Richie has been instrumental in reminding us of which rights you most need reminding of. Many active members still don’t realize, for example, that if they are injured on the job, they can sue anyone whose negligence or violation of a code played a part in causing their injuries.

Also, many active and retired members, who responded to the World Trade Center, still don’t realize
Traveling to D.C. and Across the Country to Advocate for Firefighters that the Federal government has
linked 68 cancers to their WTC exposure. This includes, especially, retirees living outside the NYC area. Anyone with skin cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer, a blood cancer, or any of the other linked cancers, is entitled to free health care from the nationwide health program, as well as significant compensation.

Our law firm has been at the front of efforts to get Congress to extend and fully fund the VCF. We have
made 9 trips to D.C. in the past 6 months. There are now enough votes to pass legislation in both Houses of Congress. In fact, and this is crucial, more than two-thirds of both houses have committed their support. We expect the House of Representatives to pass the legislation in July. And, as this newsletter is going to press, Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, has promised to place the bill before the Senate for a vote on August 3rd, the day before the current legislative session ends.

Much of the credit for this historic movement belongs to Jon Stewart, the Feal Good Foundation, and Citizens for the Extension of the Zadroga Bill, whose passionate advocacy has been critical to our campaign. And, special thanks are owed to the many of you who took the time to call your local congressional representatives to ask for their support. It paid off. Congress is poised to do right by firefighters and others from all stripes of society whose lives were forever altered by the events of
9/11. And this time, Congress is poised to permanently and fully authorize the VCF.

Below are some photos of Richie and Mike Barasch spreading the word at Firefighter retiree events. We have been invited to several retiree seminars in Florida, Myrtle Beach, Chicago, L.A., Staten Island and Long Island. And, of course, our favorite moment was when we presented Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney with the FDNY coat that she has worn every day in Congress.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney with FDNY coat

It is our honor to fight for the justice that you deserve.

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