Victims' families to protest compensation plan
NEW YORK CITY (CNN) -- New York Gov. George Pataki and leaders of four family groups have said they will hold a rally next week for relatives of those killed in the terrorist attacks to express their displeasure with proposed rules for distribution of federal relief funds.
They are concerned about a proposed regulation that would reduce the amount of compensation given to families who receive financial assistance from charitable organizations.
Pataki is also asking that the rules be clarified so that awards from the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund are not considered collateral sources.
Frustration was mainly directed at Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
"We appreciate the difficulty of his job," Pataki said of Feinberg. "We appreciate that he is trying to help the families as he sees fit. But he has to listen to the families."
The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed regulation is January 21. The rally is scheduled for next Thursday at a Manhattan state armory.
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