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Pallone Announces Witnesses for Hearing on 9/11 Health Legislation

Jun 9, 2015
Press Release

The witnesses invited by Ranking Member Pallone, who is an original co-sponsor of the bill, are listed below:

David Howley, a retired New York City Police Officer from Edison, NJ, who helped coordinate a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th.  Six years later, Howley was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer and, later, suffered two strokes.  Howley is now in remission, but his long-term prognosis remains unclear.

Barbara Burnette, a former New York City Police Detective whose 18-year career was cut short due to injuries she developed while working at Ground Zero over the course of only three weeks.  A former athlete whose job was often physically demanding, Burnette can no longer walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath.  She has been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease.

Dr. Iris Udasin, Medical Director of the Rutgers’ Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI). David Howley is one of her patients at the EOHSI. 

Dr. John Howard, Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program and Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

Yesterday, Pallone visited the World Trade Center (WTC) Program clinic at Rutgers’ Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) in Piscataway, New Jersey to highlight the need to reauthorize the legislation.  The program at Rutgers, which is treating over 4,800 responders or survivors, was created by the Zadroga Act and will expire in 2016 if Congress does not reauthorize the bill.