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Pensioners With 9/11-Related Ailments Detail Added Retirement-System Ordeals

Posted 11/17/17

The New York State pension system, which oversees state employees and local police and fire departments outside of New York City, has turned down more 9/11 World Trade Center line-of-duty-disability claims that it has approved, according to testimony Nov. 15 by a State Senate panel. The system also covers the employees of the Port Authority.

Colleen Gardner, the Executive Deputy Comptroller for the New York State and Local Retirement System, told the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions that out of 331 applications for WTC disability pensions equaling 75 percent of final average salary, tax-free, “100 of those applications are still being processed. 115 applications have been approved, 101 have been disapproved for medical reasons and 15 were disapproved for administrative reasons.”

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