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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Three bills signed by New York Gov. George Pataki expand health and death benefits to 9/11 rescue workers who became sick or have died in the nearly five years since the attacks on the World Trade Center.
One of the laws, all of which Pataki signed Monday, gives families of those who died after the terrorist attacks the same benefits as those who were killed on September 11, 2001.
Another one allows recovery workers who became ill after a two-year deadline to reapply for workers' compensation benefits, according to the governor's office.