Yesterday, a town hall meeting was held for the 9/11 first responders who are currently weighing a settlement from the city. The city is offering $712 million for responders sickened by the toxic conditions at Ground Zero, which the judge called "a very good deal." However, the deal can only go through if 95% of the over 10,0000 plaintiffs agree to it
The administrator for the fund, Kenneth Feinberg, told those gathered, "This, ladies and gentlemen, to me is a no-brainer. I would urge everyone of you who's waited years too long to finally get something in terms of compensation, something meaningful." The range of reactions ran the gamut: One person told the others, "I need the money and I'm sure everyone else that's here that may not get in front of this microphone feels the same way, we need the money."
The Daily News had other quotes from responders. One retired cop who "spent more than 900 hours working at Ground Zero," said, "I really don't know yet, it's hard to make a decision. I'm not going to decide until September, the last minute," while another said, "Due to the severity of my illnesses, it's not enough."