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On eve of 9/11 anniversary, Adams wants it easier for first responders to receive disability pensions

September 10, 2018 - 12:43 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- On the eve of the 17th anniversary of 9/11, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on the NYPD to cut through the red tape. He says it shouldn't be so difficult for officers who reponded on 9/11 and are ill now to receive a disability pension.

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The rules require retired cops with 9/11 ailments to prove they were present at Ground Zero even though the records they need may be lost.

Adams says these officers didn't hesitate to respond and we shouldn't be hesitant when it's time to give them service now.

Adams, himself, is a former police captain.

Without two forms of proof that an officer was present at Ground Zero, the pension board often rejects his or her claim even when the medical board has determined an illness is related to exposure to toxins in Lower Manhattan.

The NYPD says it seeks nothing but fairness for its members and pension fund decisions are subject to judicial review if a member is not satisfied.