Schumer: JASTA bill would allow suits against foreign countries for financing terrorism on American soil

By Maria Alvarez with Tom Brune New York Newsday

Senator Charles Schumer with Terry Strada (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Senator Charles Schumer with Terry Strada (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A proposed law that would allow families of victims to sue any foreign state found to have financed terrorism on U.S. soil is headed for the Senate Judiciary Committee later this month, officials said.

The proposed bill — known as JASTA, or the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act — was introduced a year ago by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).

Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary committee, announced in a news conference Monday that the panel will take up the proposed law on September 11. A Schumer news release said there had been a “breakthrough agreement” with the chairman of the committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) to consider the bill.

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‘They didn’t all die on 9/11’

By Art Schwartz Hudson Reporter

plaque to NJ FF

Plaque in memory of Battalion Chief Robert J. Agostini

A plaque to a hero went up in the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Firehouse on 16th Street in Union City on Saturday, Aug. 23. The plaque honors retired Battalion Chief Robert Agostini, who died on Aug. 20, 2013 from conditions sustained while working at ground zero after the terror attacks on 9/11/01.

“They didn’t all die on 9/11,” said Agostini’s sister, Connie, regarding victims of the terror attack. “They’re dying every day and people don’t realize it.”

Born in Jersey City, Robert Agostini was a 1977 graduate of Weehawken High School. He served initially as a fireman in Union City before regionalization combined the individual towns into North Hudson Regional.

“He was a fireman at heart, he went up the ranks,” said Scott Marione, president of the North Hudson Fire Officers Association. “He was a real hard worker, truly a role model to the guys, a brother, a leader.”

But Agostini also had his lighter side.

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Beloved NYPD sergeant suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer succumbs to his illness

By Thomas Tracy New York Daily News

An NYPD sergeant suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer family members claim he contracted while working at Ground Zero has died, authorities said Saturday.

Sgt. Paul Ferrara, who’s [sic] last posting was the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, succumbed to his illness on Friday.

“Our thoughts & prayers are with the family of Sgt. Paul Ferrara & everyone at the @NYPD 110Pct.,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wrote on Twitter Saturday. “He will be missed by all at the NYPD.”

Local firefighters helped drape black bunting across the entrance of the 110th Precinct stationhouse Friday, Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson tweeted. A priest from nearby St. Barts [sic] Church also came by to hold a prayer vigil.

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