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Sick 9/11 Responder, "Down to His Last Nickel,"

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:05 pm    Post subject: Sick 9/11 Responder, "Down to His Last Nickel,"
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For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Soldevere, (212) 860-0606

July 17, 2006

Sick 9/11 Responder, "Down to His Last Nickel,"

Continues to Get Jerked Around by Workers’ Comp. Board


-Rep. Maloney Urges Governor Pataki to End "Unconscionable" Delays-

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney demanded that New York Governor George Pataki quickly intervene and resolve the workers’ compensation claim filed by Joseph Picurro, a sick 9/11 responder from Toms River, New Jersey.

Last week, Mr. Picurro received word that after a two-year wait, the State of New York had finally approved his workers’ comp. claim. This was welcome news, because Mr. Picurro and his family had been living on food stamps for some time and, as noted in recent news reports, were literally down to their "last nickel." Unfortunately, a few days later, Mr. Picurro received a second letter summoning him to another hearing on his case, which has been scheduled for next month. The state has already held four hearings on Mr. Picurro’s claim over the last two years.

"Mr. Picurro needs to feed and clothe his child, not attend another hearing," said Congresswoman Maloney. "I find it absolutely unconscionable that the State has allowed Joe Picurro and so many other ‘heroes of 9/11' to twist in the wind without compensation and proper medical care. Governor Pataki should immediately step in and order the Workers’ Comp. Board to alleviate, rather than add to, Mr. Picurro’s suffering."

The full text of Congresswoman Maloney’s letter to Governor Pataki on Mr. Picurro’s behalf can be found at http://maloney.house.gov/documents/911recovery/20060717ltrPataki.pdf.
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