If you participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup efforts, you may be able to take advantage of the World Trade Center Presumption Law. It provides a presumption that, if you are or become permanently disabled due to certain conditions and unable to perform your job, you can claim the condition was the result of your participation in the events of September 11 and after, unless it can be proven the condition was the result of other factors. If you are permanently disabled, this law will help you qualify for a World Trade Center accidental disability presumption or help your beneficiaries become eligible for an accidental death benefit.
The deadline for members to file a notice with NYSLRS of their participation in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup efforts has been extended to September 11, 2026 (Chapter 561, Laws of 2022). If you participated, and you meet eligibility requirements, we encourage you to file a World Trade Center Notice (RS6047-N). Filing this notice will protect your rights, and the rights of your beneficiaries to apply for benefits in the future.