First Responders Get Unlimited Sick Leave From NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that will provide unlimited paid sick leave to workers who became sick while responding to the 9/11 terror attacks.

“On September 11, 2001, the best of humanity and the worst of humanity were displayed – the worst of us flew airplanes into the Twin Towers, while the best of us rushed inside to help their brothers and sisters without a second thought,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

The benefit applies to those who currently work for a municipality, public authority or state employer outside of New York City, have filed a notice of participation in the recovery efforts and have a 9/11 related illness.  Similar benefits are already available in New York City.

“It is critical that we honor these courageous efforts and by signing this bill into law today, we make it clear that New York stands behind the first responders in their time of need just as they stood with New York on that tragic day 16 years ago,” Cuomo said.

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