As a way to pay tribute to the brave men and women of Nassau County who have succumbed to 9/11 related illnesses, my colleagues and I in the Legislative Majority recently introduced legislation to establish a 9/11 Memorial Committee whose purpose is to help gather and approve names of individuals who will be added to the existing 9/11 Memorial at Eisenhower Park. The 9/11 Memorial Committee will include representatives from fire services, law enforcement and local union organizations.
Our bill passed unanimously through legislative committees last week and is expected to be approved by the full legislature on Monday, September 27th before being sent to the County Executive for her signature.
As you know, the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, saw tens of thousands of responding police, firefighters, military, medical, construction, clean-up, and other essential workers participate in the rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. They volunteered and assisted in the aftermath without being asked. These rescue and recovery workers were exposed to hazardous toxins and over the ensuing months and years, many developed cancer, or other serious ailments, due to that exposure. Sadly, many have since died.
While we cannot bring any of these people back, we can recognize their selfless efforts by inscribing their names to our 9/11 Memorial as an additional reminder that we will “Never Forget” their service and sacrifice to our great nation.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts and ideas you may have with respect to the County or on any particular issue that you think I may be able to assist you