Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents Philipstown and Beacon in the U.S. House of Representatives, has asked the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to allow the Mount Sinai Health System to establish a clinical care center in the Hudson Valley to treat 9/11 first responders closer to their homes. The nearest facility is in Manhattan.
Mount Sinai provides care to 9/11 first responders who suffer from respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health conditions and cancer as a result of their service after the 2001 attack.
Maloney also wrote the Drug Enforcement Administration after it announced the creation of six teams, including one based on Long Island, to disrupt the flow of heroin and fentanyl. Noting that, according to state data, Dutchess and Orange counties have higher rates of opioid-related deaths per capita than Long Island, he asked the DEA to also focus on the Hudson Valley. The agency has said each team (others are located in Massachusetts, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina) will work not only locally but in the nearby region.