By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — The Port Authority added $47.5 million to a pending settlement with Ground Zero responders injured in the aftermath of 9/11, the New York Post reported Thursday.
The deal, originally worth $712.5 million, requires 95 percent of the plaintiffs to accept the offer by Nov. 8.
More than 75 percent of those who filed suit prior to April 12 have opted in to the deal, with an additional 15 to 20 percent committing, according to the plaintiffs' chief counsel, Paul Napoli, the Post reported.
Napoli's firm, Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern, has agreed to lower its fee from 33 percent to 25 percent of the settlement, the paper added.
On Oct. 5, Mayor Bloomberg warned against a protracted courtroom battle.
"It would almost certainly result in bitterness, as such drawn-out lawsuits almost invariably do," the mayor said.