Despite strenuous objections from New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration, New York Gov. David A. Paterson has signed a bill into law that opens a one-year window in state court for the filing of otherwise time-barred legal claims against municipalities by people allegedly sickened while working in and around Ground Zero following the 2001 terror attacks.

Bloomberg’s chief lobbyist in Albany estimated that the new law could revive more than 3,000 suits and cost New York City “hundreds of millions” of dollars in damages.

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