Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation to re-open the registry to preserve workers’ compensation rights for World Trade Center workers or volunteers who performed rescue, recovery and clean-up in the year after 9/11.
The deadline for signing up is now extended until September 11, 2018. If you participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center through September 12, 2002, you should register your service with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. This will preserve your right to future benefits, should you ever need them. You should file a WTC-12 form whether you were injured or not, and whether you were employed or volunteered. This includes duty at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers, and the morgues. The deadline to register your service has been extended to September 11, 2018.