Gillibrand, residents rally to stop Zadroga Act expiration
The Zadroga Act that was passed in 2010 to help Sept. 11 first responders is about to expire.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is leading the fight for reauthorization of the law, which provides both medical care and financial support to the more than 33,000 first responders who fell ill after assisting at Ground Zero.
She spearheaded a rally at a White Plains fire station, calling on her fellow Congress members not to forget about people like Tony Scarduzio.
Scarduzio spent a month working at Ground Zero after the terror attacks and became so sick that he had retire from his job.
He says he doesn't leave home without his oxygen tank, which is paid for in part by the Zadroga Act.
The act was named after an NYPD officer who died from his Sept. 11 injuries.
Sen. Gillibrand is hoping to get a new law authorized as soon as October and insists that it should be good for the entire life of the victims.
"They answered the call of duty when the nation was under attack and they deserve to be respected by Congress for what they did," she says.