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    Good news for some non uniformed responders and workers at WTC

    New York City will grant unlimited sick leave to about 2,000 medics, laborers, engineers and other municipal workers who contracted illnesses from working at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the mayor’s office.

    Tuesday’s deal with labor union leaders extends the sort of program already in place for cops and firefighters who also got sick while helping to conduct rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts at the site 17 years ago, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief spokesman, Eric Phillips.

    The extended program is retroactive — time taken since to deal with a “certified 9/11-related illness will be restored,” de Blasio’s office said. It applies to current workers. 496 LIers whose lives were cut short by 9/11

    In a statement, de Blasio said he is happy to be able to provide “unlimited sick leave our brave city workers deserve.”

    The agreement with District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal worker labor union, is expected to serve as the foundation for additional agreements with other unions, de Blasio said.

    The bureaucratic procedures are similar to those set up for cops and firefighters.

    An emergency medical technician must obtain a certification from an FDNY doctor — akin to the requirement for 9/11-stricken firefighters — and other workers can be certified from the WTC Health Program’s Clinical Centers of Excellence.

    How nice of him. Maybe all the sick guys should gather and ask to kiss his feet.