Firefighters head to DC to stop cuts to 9/11 Victims Fund payouts

February 22, 2019 - 9:34 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City firefighters are headed to Washington D.C. on Monday to try to convince members of Congress to stop cuts to 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund payouts.

The administrator of the fund announced last week that it is running out of money, which would force a 50-to-70 percent slash in future payments to survivors.

To date, the fund has paid out about $5 billion to roughly 21,000 victims, but only $2 billion remains for them and the thousands expected to apply before the 2020 expiration date.

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FDNY Union President Gerard Fitzgerald told 1010 WINS that firefighters are trying to get the fund reauthorized and fully funded forever.

“We have lost over 190 members since Sept. 11 due to 9/11 diseases.,” Fitzgerald said, “We have over 200 people with different cancers and we have over 6,000 sick with different diseases related to Sept. 11.”

Fitzgerald added that survivors suffering from chronic, life-threatening disease would lose money they and their families need to live if there are major cuts to the payouts.