By Cynthia Magnus
Special to the Eagle
MANHATTAN- Police and fire department union leaders, and elected officials met at police union headquarters on Sunday to demand that the mayor and NYPD commissioner release data on the cancer rates in police officers who were exposed to toxic 9/11 dust, to researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Patrick Lynch, president of the NYC Police Benevolent Association said, “We’re at a point where we need to have cancers included in the Zadroga Act.” According to a PBA report, of the 297 police officers who have been diagnosed with 9/11 related cancers, sixty-five have died.
Thomas Sullivan, president of the NYPD Lieutenants Benevolent Association said, “I understand studies take time, but we can’t wait much longer, we have too many people dying.”
NYS Senator Diane Savino (Dist. 23, S.I. and Bklyn) said, “We think the mayor can do the right thing. We need that information. The mayor can provide it, the police commissioner can provide it, but if they don’t we’re going to compel them to do it,” referring to the bill she is prepared to co-sponsor with Assemblyman Micah Kellner (Dist 65 - Manhattan) in the State Legislature.
“This is not a legal issue, it’s a right and wrong issue,” said Lynch. “We’re saying to give the panel this information so they can make an educated decision.”