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Toll of 9/11 illness deaths and disabilities to cost NYC $2 billion in pension funds

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The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are still costing New York billions of dollars, according to an analysis of city pension costs obtained by the New York Daily News. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the federal government recognized that New York should not bear the brunt of all the costs — on top of the destruction and death — wrought by al-Qaida’s hijackers. In 2002 and 2003, the feds ponied up more than $250 million to cover the pension-linked death benefits for the 343 FDNY members and 28 active duty and retired NYPD officers killed that day. But there have been no payments since…

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