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One of New York’s most respected lawyers and lobbyists, Pitta & Baione partner Vito R. Pitta, recently presented to the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). Mr. Pitta spoke at OPEIU’s North Central-Erie/Northeast Educational Conference about how to develop and implement a lobbying program. Mr. Pitta educated participants on legislation, lobbying skills, and political strategy. Additionally, Mr. Pitta discussed healthcare issues such as the Affordable Care Act, and nurse/patient staffing ratios.

Led by President Richard Lanigan, OPEIU represents 104,000 members across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. OPEIU members include employees and independent contractors in credit unions, hospitals, and medical clinics, insurance, higher education, transportation, shipping, utilities, hotels administrative offices, and more. New York’s OPEIU Local 153 is led by Business Manager Michael Goodwin.

Mr. Pitta has extensive experience in lobbying for successful legislation. Namely, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and its 2015 reauthorization. The Zadroga Act provides for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund provides tax-free compensation to individuals who were exposed to 9/11 dust and toxins. To find out if the federal government considers you to be a victim of 9/11 toxins exposure, please contact Pitta & Baione LLP at 844-WTC-COMP or info@pittabaione.com.

The World Trade Center Health Program provides free medical monitoring, treatment, and medication to victims of 9/11 toxins exposure.

The following is a list conditions covered by the Zadroga Act:

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