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Schumer Proposes National Firefighter Cancer Registry

Aug 10, 2016
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Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for the creation of a national firefighter cancer registry. Schumer says as more chemicals are used in construction materials and in furniture, firefighters are coming down with cancer at a much higher rate than the general population because they are breathing in the dangerous smoke.

The Stamford Board of Finance voted 5-1 Tuesday night to approve an 11th-hour appropriation for $2.1M for a projected shortfall in several departments including police and fire. That's not before board members chastised the Martin Administration and this year's budgetary process for not keeping the body better informed of the projections.