WTC Workers Consider 9/11 Settlement

Monday, November 08, 2010

Thousands of police officers, firefighters and ground zero cleanup workers have until the end of today to join a legal settlement in a deal that could pay them as much as $815 million. More than 10,000 people sued the city and a long list of companies that handled the cleanup of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.

Kenny Specht is a retired fire lieutenant and founder of The New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation. He said he hopes others who are ailing don't hold out for a better compensation package.

"I certainly believe that this offer, this settlement offer, is not all that it should have been, and I don't feel that it's all that it could have been," he said. "However, I do feel that it's all that we're going to see."

Sprecht also said the waiting game has been a challenge. "With my claims of illness, cancer and gastrointestinal issues, I probably wasn't going to see a courtroom for at least ten years," he said.

He's encouraging others not to hold out for a better compensation package. At least 95 percent of plaintiffs must opt to participate in order for the settlement to become effective

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Comments [1]

shadeed ahmad from New York, New York

The gallantry of these brave persons being relegated to dollars and cents in an effort to make amends for their sacrafices is sad because in such a culmination so-called justice can never be a fair result.

The justice of Heaven is far greater.

Nov. 09 2010 02:09 AM

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