Generally, a party that seeks to file suit against a New York municipality has 90 days to provide notice of a claim. With the types of injuries arising out of 9/11, this date usually begins to run from the date the injured party discovered the injury.
However, last week, New York’s governor signed a bill opening a new one-year window, reviving claims that would otherwise be time-barred. As you might expect, New York City was fiercely opposed to this move, arguing that thousands of new lawsuits may result with hundreds of millions of dollars in exposure. In addition, the City’s ability to defend older claims may also be compromised. But the State legislature believed it was more important to provide injured parties with their day in court.