Monday marked 22 years since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives and altered America for all time.
On Sunday, people from all around the United States, including the Capital Region of New York, climbed 110 flights of stairs in memory of the more than 400 first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.
Every climber has a set of tags on them. The name and picture of a first responder who passed away will be on that set of tags, according to Kyle Kearney, director of the Capital Stair Climb. “At the top of the climb, they’ll go to either the police memorial or the firefighter memorial and hang one of the tags and ring a bell signifying the end of the climb for that person.”
The Craigslist Albany climb serves as a memorial to both their heroic deeds of selflessness from that day and the numerous others who have passed away from diseases linked to 9/11.
The 9/11 Notice Act was enacted into law this week. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program are two health and compensation programs that may be registered for by anybody residing in the exposure zones between September 2001 and May 2002.
The bill’s cosponsor is Rotterdam Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara.
‘’More than 80% of registered first responders are receiving some kind of assistance from these programs. Only a small number of additional people who were in those exposure zones are either unaware of it or did not register to receive the support they may be entitled to.