NYPD Widow Wins Court Fight for 9/11 Benefits

The decision overturned rulings by the police medical board and pension fund board that Frank Macri's cancer was pre-existing.

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011  |  Updated 7:46 AM EDT
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The decision overturned rulings by the police medical board and pension fund board that Frank Macri's cancer was pre-existing.

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The widow of a New York City police officer who died of lung cancer after working in the toxic rubble of the World Trade Center has won a court fight to collect line-of-duty benefits.     

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Nilda Macri. Her husband Frank died in 2007 after a five-year battle with cancer.     

The decision overturned rulings by the police medical board and pension fund board that Macri's cancer was pre-existing.     

The decision means that unless the city appeals, Nilda Macri will receive a tax-free pension of 75 percent of her husband's salary instead of 50 percent minus the taxes.     

An attorney in the pensions division of the city's Law Department tells the Daily News that the city is reviewing the decision.     


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