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August 4, 2004

PBA Holds Contract Protest At "National Night Out Against Crime"

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was heckled by police officers on the very same night he stepped out to offer them praise.

   

A group of NYPD officers looking for a new contract continued their floating protests during Tuesday’s "National Night Out Against Crime," chanting, “No contract, no convention! No contract, no convention!” at an event attended by Bloomberg.

The protesting officers, members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association who have been working without a contract since July 2002, say the mayor should save the praise and give them a raise instead. They also told the mayor to get used to the protests, saying they will be everywhere, including during the Republican National Convention at the end of the month.

“These guys deserve more. He praises them tonight, he tells them what a great job they did on crime, bringing down city crime, and what does he offer us? A zero,” said protestor Drew Bailey. “That's a disgrace. They can't live on that. They're the lowest paid police department in the surrounding area.”

At last night's event, Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly praised the NYPD, and boasted about New York being one of the safest big cities in the world.