Councilman Borelli to rally in favor of bill supporting victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Councilman Joe Borelli {R-South Shore] will show his support for the Never Forget the Heroes Act during a rally next Wednesday in Manhattan.

If passed as law, the bill will ensure that all victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — including first responders with 9/11-related illness — receive compensation in the form of federal funds.

“Congress needs to hear from regular New Yorkers and their representatives that this is still an ongoing crisis affecting thousands of families here and around the country,” said Borelli.

The rally will start at 12 p.m. on Greenwich Street in Manhattan.

The bill, sponsored by congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, would extend full funding until 2090, has yet to pass either chamber of Congress, and still needs to be signed by the president.

Rep. Max Rose announced on Thursday that more than 290 co-sponsors are in place for the Never Forget the Heroes Act, guaranteeing the bill will get a vote in that chamber of Congress.

“The message we’re sending is loud and clear: we must permanently renew and fully fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund,” he said in a statement.

The same day, a bill that would require New York’s public schools to mark each Sept. 11 with a day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence was approved in the state Senate, according to