Bloomberg and 9/11 Benefits: Heartless?
August 21st, 2006
It’s easy to paint Mayor Bloomberg as an “ogre” for opposing the law signed by Governor Pataki last week enhancing benefits for sick 9/11 first responders, writes Sheryl McCarthy in Newsday, but he has a point when he argues that the state has dumped the responsibility on the city.
It is hard to argue that those who worked at Ground Zero deserve more generous benefits but it is very easy for Governor Pataki to spread money around when it is the city’s money, and not the state’s. This law, argues McCarthy, could end up costing the city far more than its share.
“New Yorkers get misty-eyed when we talk about the sacrifices of the Ground Zero workers. But we could get really annoyed when we have to deal with the reality of the costs,” she writes. ” … [I]f we’re going to engage in this kind of generosity, the state and the feds need to share the cost.”By Joshua Brustein on August 21, 2006, 7:14 am
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