United, American owe World Trade Center developer billions: lawyer

Joseph Ax, Reuters

The developer rebuilding the World Trade Center in New York told a federal appeals court on Wednesday that he is entitled to recoup billions of dollars from two airline companies, even though he has already collected $4 billion in insurance money for the September 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the site.

Lawyers for Larry Silverstein and his World Trade Center Properties urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to overturn a lower court ruling barring him from pursuing damages against United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) and American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O), whose planes crashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

But the airlines said the insurance money was more than enough to compensate Silverstein for the fair market value of the lease he held for the World Trade Center property. Separately, Silverstein’s lawyers also argued his insurers should hand over $1.2 billion they won from the airlines and airport security companies. Read More »

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NYPD Members Attend Funerals of Fallen French Officers

Dean Meminger, NY1

Eight NYPD officers, including the chief of intelligence, traveled to Paris to pay their respects to the three French officers killed during last week’s terrorist attacks.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said as well as honoring fallen comrades, the NYPD will try to gather its own intelligence. Chief Thomas Galati will be spend some extra time there.

NYPD officers attend funerals of Paris police officers killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Photo NY1

NYPD officers attend funerals of Paris police officers killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Photo from NY1.

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Urge Those Eligible for WTC Health Aid To Seek Coverage

Sarah Dorsey, Chief Leader

There are many reasons why some city workers who toiled at the World Trade Center site after September 11 failed to file a form notifying their retirement system that they were there, but refusal to believe that they could get sick surely ranks near the top.

Robyn Cotrona, the counsel for State Sen. Martin Golden, talked to several constituents who were simply unaware that they had to affirm their September 11 work separately with both the state Workers’ Compensation system and their retirement fund. The paperwork for each agency was nearly identical. Read More »

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