LOWER MANHATTAN — A new monument to honor 9/11 first responders, recovery workers and survivors will be built in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11.
The governor's office will launch a request for proposals for the design and location of the monument, Cuomo said.
"This monument will rightly serve as an eternal reminder of the courage, sacrifice and bravery demonstrated by our first responders and survivors in the aftermath of 9/11, and ensure that their legacy will never be forgotten," Cuomo said in a statement.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, had urged Cuomo to build a monument to honor the many that have died or continue to suffer from illnesses contracted after months of working in the toxic dust at Ground Zero.
The governor's office did not immediately answer questions about when it anticipated the monument would be built, or how much it would cost.
The announcement of the monument Sunday came as Cuomo signed into legislation a bill that extends the deadline for 9/11 recovery workers to register under the WTC Disability Law until Sept. 11, 2018.
WTC rescue and recovery workers are eligible to receive workers’ compensation, disability and accidental death benefits under the law.