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At Coney Island Overhaul, a Crew of Car Inspectors and Maintainers Honored the Memory of a Brother


After George Manetta's brother, Firefighter Richard Manetta succumbed to World Trade Center related illness, a crew from the Coney Island Overhaul shop completely refurbished an electric vehicle in his memory.


Prostate Cancer Now Accepted as 9/11 Illness -- 90 Days to File

The Victim's Compensation Fund (the federal compensation program for those who served at the World Trade Center site) adds new illnesses from time to time that will qualify for compensation. The deadline to bring those claims is two years from when a particular illness is added. For most cancers diagnosed before October 12, 2014, a claimant has to be registered by October 12, 2014.  If diagnosed after October 12, 2012, you have 2 years from diagnosis to register.

But prostate cancer wasn't added as an eligible injury until October 21, of 2013.  This means that anyone who was at the WTC site between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and was diagnosed with prostate cancer after September 11, 2005 still has a claim if they file their claim with the next 90 days (until October 21, 2015).

If you were at the World Trade Center disaster site between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, and have been diagnosed with prostate cancer after September 11, 2005, the deadline to file a claim for compensation with the federal government expires soon.  For more information and a free attorney consultation call 1-800-331-2782 or 212 687-8181

Whilby Granted Bail in Pena Murder Case; Judge Sets 250K Cash Requirement

Domonic Whilby, whose drunken joyride in a stolen truck caused the death of Bus Operator William Pena in February of 2014, was granted bail in a Manhattan courtroom after 17 months of incarceration. The decision to set a $500,000 bond for Whilby, which can also be satisfied by $250,000 in cash, came over the objections of ADA Randolph Clarke, who called Whilby a flight risk due to the severity of the charges, which carry a potential penalty of life in prison. Judge Gregory Carro set September 14th as the next court date, which will likely see the beginning of the trial process. Nancy Rodriguez, William Pena’s widow, said that she will be notified by the DA’s office if and when Whilby makes bail. TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen wrote a strongly-worded letter to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, urging him to place tight restrictions on Whilby should he make bail, including no issuance of a passport and electronic monitoring.

Whilby, 23, was led into Judge Carro’s courtroom at 9:55 in a freshly pressed white dress shirt and gray slacks. His mother, sitting in the third row on the right hand side of the courtroom, put her arm around her sobbing younger son’s shoulders. On the left were members of the Pena family, along with officers from MaBSTOA and union rank and file and staff, including Division 1 Chair Richard Davis and Vice Chair Donald Yates.

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