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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:39 am 
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NYU Co-Opens Health Center To Treat 9/11 Diseases


http://www.firefightingnews.com/article ... leID=25710

New York - The New York University School of Medicine has teamed up with Bellevue Hospital to open a health center in response to a 60-percent rise in Sept. 11-related illnesses. The center will treat those who were exposed to the debris following the World Trade Center collapse.

The World Trade Center Environmental Health Center will provide screenings, evaluations and treatments for potential medical and mental health patients -- including those who may be uninsured or undocumented, said Alan Aviles, president of Health and Hospitals Corp., which runs the project.

It plans to offer most of its services for free. "(Health and Hospitals) is playing an integral role in the city's plans to address critical gaps and further assist New Yorkers suffering from World Trade Center-related health conditions," Aviles said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City have pledged $16 million over a period of five years to treat 6,000 additional patients.

These patients include downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn residents, office workers, volunteers, and others exposed to the Sept. 11 debris. Health advocacy groups, such as the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, have criticized the city for not responding proactively enough to the air contamination in downtown Manhattan after the terrorist attacks.

"Despite the fact that hundreds of firefighters became ill on the first day following the attack, the city never made a serious, energetic effort to provide respiratory protection," said Jonathan Bennett, director of public affairs for the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:11 am 
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Good information.

Here's a related story:

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DUBYA TAKES AX TO NEW YORK $ECURITY
By GEOFF EARLE, Post Correspondent

President Bush's budget
-Proposes $2.9 trillion in spending for the next year
- Allots $141 billion for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan
- Slashes homeland-security funding for at-risk cities by 22 percent
- Cuts law-enforcement terror-prevention funds by 30

WASHINGTON - President Bush's new budget slashes funding for the nation's top anti-terror-grant programs - including those that benefit New York most - infuriating lawmakers who thought the feds had finally seen the light.

"After all the nice language, we were virtually certain we'd see an increase in [homeland funding for cities], and this is almost like a knife between the shoulder blades," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn) fumed, "The Bush budget makes it clear: New York City is going to have to fight crime and terrorism on its own." Mayor Bloomberg's spokesman, Stu Loeser, said, "New York has always been shortchanged by homeland-security funding, which is critical to pay for counterterrorism and intelligence operations. Cutting the overall amount makes it even harder for us to get our fair share, and we will work with Congress to restore these necessary funds."


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Glass Race has posted another excellent response to an article about Bush's budget and the defense industry HERE

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