September 11 Victim Compensation Fund says it has paid out $551M over last year

Associated Press

Officials at the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund say it has paid out $551 million over the last year.

The fund’s Special Master Sheila Birnbaum released a letter Friday that said the fund had made 2,042 compensation decisions over the 12 months that ended September 30.

Birnbaum said the fund in the year before had made 112 decisions totaling $27 million. Read More »

Posted in Health Issues | Comments closed

Street Renamed for Police Officer Who Died from 9/11-Related Cancer

Katie Honan, DNAInfo 

ELMHURST — A street corner was renamed for a police officer who died several years ago from cancer he contracted while working on rescue efforts after the 9/11 attacks, according to family and police officials.

Sign for P.O. Robert M. Ehmer Place. photo DNAInfo

Sign for P.O. Robert M. Ehmer Place. photo DNAInfo

Police Officer Robert Ehmer joined the NYPD in 1985 and spent most of his 20 years with the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, where he was awarded seven medals for excellent police duty and two commendation medals, according to the precinct’s current boss, Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson.

He died in 2010 from cancer at the age of 47.

The corner of 43rd Avenue and 95th Street was renamed for him Oct. 17 to remember his dedication and sacrifice, Leyson said. Read More »

Posted in 9/11 Community, 9/11 Memorials | Comments closed

Staten Island woman inspired by her mother, who died on September 11, opens a dance studio

By Tracey Porpora Staten Island Advance

Krystal Tabeek, owner of Studio 11, and students.Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo

Krystal Tabeek, owner of Studio 11, and students.Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Joann Tabeek always encouraged her daughter, Krystal, to follow her dreams.

She was especially supportive of her daughter’s interest in dance, which eventually led to the young dancer’s participation in competitive dance for 15 years.

But Joann never got to see her teen-age daughter shine on stage. Working as a vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center, she was one of the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

“My mother never made it out (of the World Trade Center) on that horrific day. She always pushed me to follow my dreams, so this is the year I made it happen,” said Ms. Tabeek.

Read More »

Posted in Families in the News | Comments closed