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In response to criticism of its initially limited investigation into the sexual harassment scandal, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics has expanded its probe beyond Assemblyman Vito Lopez to include Assembly Speaker Silver, Attorney General Schneiderman and Comptroller DiNapoli. The decision was made in private as prescribed by law and gleaned from the subjects of the investigation. But board members wanted to publicly counter claims that there were attempts to block certain investigations. Gov. Cuomo has said he is open to some changes in the board and also said he'd form his own commission to probe the matter if the board fails.
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Dozens of cancers will be added to a list of World Trade Center-related illnesses that are eligible for compensation under a federal law aimed at compensating first responders and others who were exposed to contamination from the collapse of the Twin Towers.
The momentous decision was announced earlier today in a statement by Dr. John Howard, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, which was created under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Howard had proposed the new rule in June.
The full list of approximately 50 cancers to be included under the new rule can be found here.
The decision comes as the city and country mark the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.
MetroFocus, the magazine of Channel 13, has put together a guide to various events meant to memorialize the day.