Yonkers first responder: 9/11 health bill passage is bittersweet
The passage of the Sept. 11 health care bill is being hailed by Ground Zero responders in the Hudson Valley as a landmark victory, but also bittersweet.
"It's a happy moment but it's a sad moment, because a lot of us are sick and we have parts of the building in us," says Yonkers carpenter Jimmy Nolan, who spent months working at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.
The $4.2 billion health package is slated to be spent over the next five years to provide medical care and financial assistance to thousands of first responders, as well as those who resided near Ground Zero.
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