Firefighters make their way over the ruins of the World...

Firefighters make their way over the ruins of the World Trade Center through clouds of smoke one month after the terrorist attacks. (Oct. 11, 2001) Credit: AP

New York lawmakers promise to keep pushing for a federal bill that would pay billions of dollars to people exposed to toxic World Trade Center dust.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday that after years of inaction, the Senate’s health committee will hold its first hearing on the matter June 29.

A House version of the bill has been endorsed by two committees, but has yet to come up for a vote.

The House bill would pay up to $8.2 billion to people who fear they might have been sickened by the dust, and set aside another $5.1 billion for medical care.

Critics say taxpayers would wind up shelling out billions to people with common health problems unrelated to the terror attacks.

A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports. Credit: Newsday Staff

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.

A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports. Credit: Newsday Staff

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.

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