New York City to Release Names of First Responders to Researchers

February 15, 2012 Updated: February 16, 2012

NEW YORK—The city of New York agreed to release the names of both uniformed and civilian NYPD 9/11 responders to The Mount Sinai Hospital for cancer research, according to a release from Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway.

Both federal and state privacy laws prohibit releasing names relating to medical records, so a new process will be set up between the city and Mount Sinai. The researchers would like the names of the responders, their birth years, and if they have been diagnosed with cancer.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association claims that 65 police officers have died from 9/11-related cancers with 297 others diagnosed.

Cancer is a condition that responders can now receive compensation for after the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act was passed in 2010.