NEW YORK - The clock is ticking for first responders sickened by Sept. 11 debris to register for health benefits.

Sick or injured first responders have until Oct. 3 to apply for compensation through the Zadroga Act.

So far, 37,000 first responders have applied for compensation.

Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand is urging Sept. 11 first responders who have any symptoms to sign up as soon as possible. She says anyone who doesn't runs the risk of missing out on government assistance to help cover medical costs that may arise down the road.

For more on the looming deadline, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.