Public Advocate de Blasio demands data on cancer cops from the NYPD

Updated: Tue., Feb. 14, 2012, 10:04 AM
De Blasio: Give me 9/11 data
By SALLY GOLDENBERG Last Updated: 10:04 AM, February 14, 2012 Posted: 1:44 AM, February 14, 2012
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is using his charter-granted power to demand the city provide him with its research on the rate of cancer among cops who worked at Ground Zero, The Post has learned.
De Blasio sent Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly a letter yesterday insisting they identify the officers who worked at Ground Zero on and after 9/11 and later filed for disability pension benefits.
He also wants a list of all cancer cases reported to the NYPD’s doctors in the past decade, specifically those involving cops who responded to the terror attacks.
The move was his latest salvo in a bid to pressure the city into releasing its data to the federal government so officers’ medical expenses can be covered.
Bloomberg spokeswoman Samantha Levine said the city is working “to share data in a manner that protects individual privacy under the law.”