PBA in the News
Archive 2003

More print and video news stories can be found linked by year: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2002. See also the current year, and full indexes of articles and video listed by individual news organizations. Stories from 2001 and earlier can only be found under the individual news organizations.

December
Dec. 26 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a story in The Chief about the PBA's "Finest of the Finest" awards: "So many times you hear negative things about New York City police officers. "We want to emphasize what goes on every day. These are only a few of the heroic stories." John Puglissi is quoted in an article in the Chief in which city nursing union leader complains about Bob Linn being a PBA labor negotiator: "The PBA has an obligation to provide the best representation possible to its members and to bring, as other unions have, it lawyers, negotiators and consultants to these meetings. We make no apologies for hiring the best available professionals to represent our members' interests."
Dec. 18

Pat Lynch is quoted in The Sun in a story about the PBA's "Finest of the Finest" awards ceremony: "We have stories of police officers facing down gunmen. We have stories of police officers going into burning buildings to save lives. These police officers leave their homes every day not knowing if they will return to their families. Officer (Richard) Burt and the others honored here today are the examples of the amazing — the Finest of the Finest, as we call them."

Dec. 17 Fox 5 News reported on the PBA’s Finest of the Finest awards. New York Newsday published photos of the annual Widows’ and Children holiday party. Pat Lynch is also heard on WCBS-NewsRadio 880, commenting on the PBA's "Finest of the Finest" luncheon for hero police officers.
Dec. 13 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times story about the Governor's veto of a bill cops and other city workers better retirement benefits for ailments traced to work at Ground Zero: The Times reports that Lynch said the governor and mayor "had turned their backs on the heroic men and women who worked for months on the site where the twin towers collapsed. 'The governor and mayor, after 9/11, said they would never forget the sacrifice that the emergency workers made,' he (Lynch) said in a prepared statement. 'Apparently they already have. This veto is a disgrace.'  Lynch is seen and heard on New York 1, Fox-5 and WB-11 in coverage of the PBA Widows' and Children's Christmas party.
Dec. 12 Governor Pataki transferred the chairman of the state parole board to a non-criminal justice post elsewhere. While not mentioned in this New York Post story, the transfer followed a strongly worded objection from PBA President Patrick Lynch to the parole of convicted radical killer Kathy Boudin.
Dec. 5 In a Staten Island Advance story about Congressman Vito Fossella's bill to make emergency service radios interoperable, Pat Lynch is quoted saying: "Communications at disaster scenes often spells the difference between life and death." This story by a reporter out of Washington DC ran in all Newhouse newspapers.
Dec. 4 Queens Tribune's "Best of Queens 2003": Pat Lynch is profiled by a local Queens paper. It reports "Insiders at City Hall refer to the PBA as 'proverbial 800 pound gorilla' packing a punch with political endorsement and campaign contributions. Lynch wields his union's power with a blend of street smarts and political savvy, insiders said. 'He is certainly not someone you are going to be able to ignore.'"
November
Nov. 29 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about how bullet-resistant vests have promoted New York City police officers' safety since their introduction 25 years ago: "Next to a police officer's brain, a protective vest is the most valuable piece of defensive equipment."
Nov. 28 The Chief Leader: In a report about the exoneration of the officers who shot a hammer-wielding, emotionally disturbed man who attacked them, Pat Lynch is quoted saying: “A police officer’s job is a difficult one that sometimes sadly requires the use of deadly force. We are thankful that the jury had the courage to weight the facts and make the proper decision.” The story was accompanied by a photo of Lynch with the caption “Force was necessary.”

Also in the Chief Leader: In a report about a PBA $2.5 million law suit on behalf of Detective David Gonzalez who was shot an permanently injured during a struggle while placing small time crack dealer William Hodges under arrest, Pat Lynch is quoted saying: “We need to send a message that if you shoot a NYC police officer, we will go after you until we get justice.” Attempted murder charges against Hodges were dismissed last year by Supreme Court Justice Laura Blackburne citing speedy trial provisions. An appeal is pending in that case. A photo of officer Gonzalez accompanied the story with a caption “Seeking justice civilly.”

Nov. 22 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a story in The Chief about the Brooklyn federal jury finding the 1999 shooting of Gidone Busch by five police officers justified: "A police officer's job is a difficult one that sometimes sadly requires the use of deadly force. We are thankful that the jury had the courage to weigh the facts and make the proper decision."
Nov. 18 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News article about the court hearing to determine what damages William Hodges will have to pay Det. David Gonzalez, whom he shot and injured for life. Hodges was released on a technicality in the shooting case by Judge Laura Blackburne, prompting the PBA to sue Hodges on behalf of the officer, a PBA member. "If you shoot a police officer, you have to be held accountable by whatever means possible," Lynch said. "If not in the criminal justice system, then in civil court, where it will cost you money." The Newsday story quotes Al O'Leary: "It's our feeling that we've got to hold him accountable any way we can. Whatever it is, income from a job or lotto winnings, a portion of that money should go to Gonzalez." Lynch is seen and heard on NY1 and in a Mike Sheehan piece on Fox-5 News. The NY1 story credited the "union representing police officers" with "trying to collect millions for a cop wounded in the line of duty" and both TV news stories ran a talking head with Lynch: "The mutt that gunned down this police officer did not have the courage to sit in this court and have the victim tell the story, and listen. He did not have the courage to face the police officer that he tried to kill."
Nov. 12 Print advertisement listing 10 top reasons why NYC Cops deserve a real raise
October
Oct. 28 Pat Lynch and most other members of the PBA executive board are pictured in a photo in The Chief showing the PBA endorsement of the reelection of New York's senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. The PBA, as the Chief's photo caption points out, is the first municipal union to endorse Sen. Schumer in the 2004 race.
Oct. 24 CBS-2 interviews Pat Lynch about the suspect-kicking incident in the 52 Pct.: "Let the investigation go forward. Do not jump to conclusions," Lynch says. "Do not convict a police officer until the facts are in. In policing, there's never a script, there're no rules saying this is what's going to happen in this incident. This was a person who was running from the police, a career criminal that was kicking and trying to hurt New York City police officers."
Oct. 20 CBS-2 interviews Pat Lynch during demonstration outside St. Luke's to protest the hospital's hiring of Kathy Boudin: "A hospital has a moral obligation not to help a cop-killer," Lynch says.
Oct. 14 An article in The Chief reports about the "reputation-clearing victory for Walter Liddy" — the ruling by the city Board of Collective Bargaining that the NYPD retaliated against the PBA Manhattan South Financial Secretary when it wrongly identified him as a target in an investigation four years ago. "I feel totally vindicated," Liddy was quoted. "My only regret is that I didn't sue the department for libeling me in print." Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief's story about the police and fire unions informing the Municipal Labor Committee that the coalition is not negotiating the health benefits package for them: "We have received nothing but lip service from the city (about the police unions' request for PICA benefits utilization data). The fact that the city is not forthcoming with this readily available information makes us suspicious of their motives."  Another Chief article analyzes the history of the situation and a Chief editorial weighs in on the topic..
Oct. 7 Al O'Leary is quoted in a Daily News story about a transit cop shot and disabled by a perp almost 30 years ago suing for a share of the prisoner's medical malpractice settlement: "If an attempted cop killer can pay for the pain and suffering that he inflicted, then he should be made to pay. It seems to be a fair thing to do when a police officer is shot in the line of duty, protecting the community."
Oct. 4 Excerpt of PBA statement is quoted in a Daily News story about police and fire unions informing the Municipal Labor Committee that the coalition is not negotiating the health and welfare package for them until the city provides appropriate data. "The uniformed unions are preserving their right to bargain in the best interests of their members," the statement said in part.
September
Sep. 25 The New York Post quotes Pat Lynch in a story about a jury awarding $514,000 to the family of a man who had tried to run down police officers: "It is mind-boggling that the jury would award so much money when the cops were just trying to do their job."
Sep. 9 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes are featured prominently in a story in The Chief reporting warnings by police union officials that the NYPD's headcount will continue to shrink and crime will rise if the department fails to hire more officers this year: "We are beyond a crisis situation. When you look at the number of officers and factor in the anti-terrorism work, there are simply not enough cops. You will in time see all crime go up."
August
Aug. 22 A Daily News story reports a $3.4 million suit was won for Police Officer Liza Paredes in a case where a perp pushed her down a stairway causing her serious, debilitating injuries. Greg Longworth, the attorney retained by the PBA to represent the officer, said “There should be more of these (lawsuits against perps). The general public does it all the time, why not cops?”
Aug. 21 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about Gov. Pataki vetoing the bill that would have made summons quotas illegal: "The (NYPD) says there are no quotas -- so why have they fought this law so vehemently? The citizens of the city and the officers know it's real, and it has to be corrected. It's killing morale."
Aug. 19 In a major New York Times story about upcoming contract negotiations between the city and municipal unions, Pat Lynch said of Mayor Bloomberg “He said he would work with you, did not, turned around and then laid off municipal workers.” This, according to the article, left unions seething and stalemated negotiations ever since. Pat Lynch also expressed an interest in exploring tour changes that include longer work shifts but fewer appearances by police officers. A New York Post exclusive reports that the PBA’s lawyers are reviewing an NYPD order barring vacations during the Republican National Convention in September of next year.
Aug. 6 Pat Lynch is interviewed in an Channel 7-Eyewitness News piece about a supervisor at the Queens Task Force ordering officers not to make arrests on the eve of last Thanksgiving. According to the news report, cops who did make arrests suffered retaliation. "There's no doubt this happened and there's no doubt there was retaliation against these police officers," Lynch said.
Aug. 2 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article how the city's improving financial picture would make municipal union leaders fight harder against give-backs and wage freezes: "Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said he was willing to discuss increased productivity with the city. As before, he said the city should reward the police of the lower crime rates they had already achieved. 'This has been the most productive Police Department in the city's history,' he said. 'We've brought down crime, but time and time again, the city has refused to recognize that to pay for it.' Mr. Lynch said the union was willing to discuss lengthening work shifts for the police, something Mr. Bloomberg has proposed because it could save the city millions of dollars. 'But it has to be done in such a way that the savings are passed along to the members,' Mr. Lynch said."
July
Jul. 31 Pat Lynch is seen and heard on a News-4 NY story about summons quotas at the 88 Pct.: "It's across the city in all the commands where the pressure is increasing for the police officers to bring more and more summonses in on a regular basis."
Jul. 30 The Staten Island Advance quotes Pat Lynch, who said that the Staten Island DA is doing the right thing in seeking the death penalty for the accused killer of Dets. James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews. Daily News civil service columnist Bill Farrell does an advance report on the Aug. 2 baseball game between New York's Finest and the Chicago Police Dept. to benefit the Anthony Vazqez Memorial Fund in honor of P.O. Jose Vazquez's son Anthony, who died tragically this past spring.
Jul. 29 The Chief quotes Pat Lynch's statement from the Daily News in which he says the new patrol guide requirement that police  officers give their rank and command as well as name and shield number when asked by civilians "would give more ammunition to people who retaliate against officers 'who are just doing their jobs.'"
Jul. 18 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post in an article about the memorial for Patrolman Edward Dippel: "Edward Dippel and Patrolmen Peter McIntyre, John T. Van Buren and John Stackey were killed serving and protecting New York City citizens in the Draft Riots of 1863. Now…their names will take their rightful place on memorials honoring fallen police officers."
Jul. 17 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times, in a story about the non-use of stun grenades since the death of Alberta Spruill two months ago: "How is it that we went from using it fairly often to not at all? What my members are concerned with is that because we're not using these grenades when they should be used, the number of shootings will to up." The Times-Herald-Record in Newburgh, NY, mentions that Pat Lynch is scheduled to speak the following day at the memorial for Patrolman Edward Dippel, killed in the line of duty in the New York City draft riots of 1863. The story is also covered on the Regional News Network.
Jul. 14 John Puglissi is quoted in a New York Times column by Joyce Purnick, marking the 10th anniversary of the civilianized CCRB. Puglissi calls the CCRB a "total failure."
Jul. 12 John Puglissi is quoted in a Daily News story about the "battle of the badges" incident at Newtown Creek: "This was an incident in which Fire Dept. personnel overreacted after the fact. At no time during the entire rescue and recovery operation was a firefighter's life endangered or interfered with by the actions of any member of the NYPD."
Jul. 2 The July 2003 edition of American Police Beat magazine Pat Lynch is quoted in their article "Protecting your rep:NYPD officers union takes a proactive approach to public relations during ticket push" about the PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" public information campaign.
June
Jun. 30 Pat Lynch is quoted in a page 2 Post story regarding a lack of anti-terrorism training and equipment. Lynch said "The state and the federal government need to send more aid to New York City. Our members are no better trained or equipped than they were on Sept. 10, 2001." The story was in reaction to a Council on Foreign Relations report that the country is"dangerously unprepared" for another terrorist attack. One Police Plaza Confidential in Newsday reports that there is increasing anecdotal evidence that the NYPD is downgrading crime statistics. The column sites a PBA case where a delegate defended an officer who was reassigned for refusing to downgrade a grand larceny to misdemeanor. The column also provides a number of other allegations made directly to the reporter following Newsday's story on the downgrading of crime in the 10th Precinct.
Jun. 21 Al O'Leary is quoted in a Newsday article about the NYPD investigating two precincts for improperly reducing felony arrests to misdemeanors. Newsday: "Al O'Leary, a spokesman for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said that downgrading crimes is 'something the PBA believes is happening to a far greater extent than just one precinct' but that police officers are afraid to complain about it. 'There are cases where PBA delegates were transferred and punitive actions taken where they defended police officers who refused to downgrade a felony to a misdemeanor,' O'Leary said. 'We believe this is systemic, retaliations are swift, and because of that most cops won't come forward.'"
Jun. 20 William Raschbaum of The New York Times reports that more than 200 crimes reported last year in the 10th Pct. were improperly downgraded to misdemeanors. The article seems to support recent PBA warnings that the NYPD fudging of crime statistics is not limited to the 10th Pct.
Jun. 17 Pat Lynch's photo accompanies an article in The Chief on the "flurry of last-minute lobbying" by public-employee unions as the State Legislature prepares to adjourn for the summer. The article cites the PBA's "victory" June 13 when the Assembly joined the State Senate in passing the union's 'anti-ticket quota' bill, which gives cops a way to fight back if they are disciplined for not writing enough summonses." PBA Recording Secretary and Legislative Director Bob Zink is quoted: "The Legislature has shown they recognize there's a problem with quotas. The purpose of the legislation is to allow our highly trained police officers to make distinctions in the field."
Jun. 15 The Daily News runs a three-page spread inspired by the PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" ad campaign. The News article, with a the PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" ad campaign. The News article, with a page-one headline, features interviews with more than 200 New York City police officers that, in the newspaper's words, "show that a clear majority say they have been pressured to write more summonses, a directive that is contributing to a broad decline in morale with the Police Department."
Jun. 11 The New York Times publishes a letter by Pat Lynch in response to the paper's June 4 article, "To Embattled Mayor, Tickets Are the Hottest Issue in Town." The letter in part: "Regardless of what the mayor, the police commissioner or their spin doctors say, police officers have written significantly more summonses in the first four months of this year than last. Every police officer in this city can tell you that he or she is under great pressure to write more summonses."
Jun. 10 The Chief reports that the PBA has "overwhelmingly" reelected Pat Lynch to a second term as president.
Jun. 8 Pat Lynch's reelection as PBA president is reported in the Daily News and Staten Island Advance. "I'm pleased to have the overwhelming trust and confidence of the hardest working and most courageous police officers in America," he is quoted as saying.
Jun. 7

Pat Lynch's reelection with 70 percent of the vote is reported on NY 1 and Channels 2 and 5. It is described as "a landslide" and an "overwhelming" victory on these broadcasts, and Channel 2 describes Lynch as "one of the city's most powerful labor leaders."

Jun. 4 The New York Times does a long story about how the "ticket blitz" story has become a continuing public relations problem for the mayor and attributes his perception problems to the PBA's spin and its ad campaign. Al O'Leary is quoted in a New York Post story on the issue: "We're concerned about the relationship between the community and police officers."
Jun 2 Al O'Leary is quoted in a New York Post story in which Mayor Bloomberg blames the ticket blitz publicity on the PBA elections: "O'Leary said cops are under intense pressure to write tickets for summonses that bring in revenue because of the budget crunch. 'We understand he's got to say something, but if you look at all the city agencies that are hyperactively writing tickets, you can't single out cops,' he said."
May
May 30 The PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" print ad runs in the New York Post. The campaign continues to attract nationwide, even international attention. The Los Angeles Times does a long takeout on the issue, quoting Pat Lynch and the radio and print ads. "This is a crisis for our city," Lynch is quoted. "This is eroding the trust between the police and the public." The issue gets similar treatment on CNSNews.com.
May 29 The PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" print ad runs in the Daily News, on a day when the paper continues its series of articles on the ticket blitz. The stories prominently discuss the PBA's charge that there are summons quotas and great pressure from above for police officers to issue citations. A Newsday story also promotes the PBA's point of view on this issue. Also covered on NY1 and CNN.
May 28 The PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" print ad runs in Newsday. The Daily News does two more stories on the summons blitz, quoting Al O'Leary: "[In the past], they had discretion to deal with these matters in ways that solved the problem but didn't necessarily extract money from the pocket of the person affected." In the evening, Pat Lynch appears on CNN, News-12 Long Island and WLIE radio, discussing the summons quotas and the PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" radio and print ad campaign.
May 27 The PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" print ad runs in The Chief. The Daily News does a story on the NYPD ticketing for "Almost Anything," quoting Brooklyn South Financial Secretary Drew Bailey: "They call it productivity goals, we call it quotas, and it's a very stressful situation." Pat Lynch appears on Channel 11, discussing the summons quotas.
May 26 The New York Times quotes Pat Lynch in an article about the growing number of citations: "We're concerned that what the city is trying to do is to turn the Police Department from a police service into a revenue-generating agency."
May 23 Newsday does a story on the PBA's "Don't Blame the Cop" radio spots, quoting liberally from Pat Lynch's script.
May 22 Pat Lynch's "Don't Blame the Cop" radio spot and Al O'Leary is quoted in The Sun, in an article about summons quotas and the high price of a parking ticket. Leonard Lopate of New York City's public radio station, WNYC, airs a discussion of the "Don't Blame the Cop" radio campaign, playing the entire 60-second spot.
May 21 Bill Farrell's Civil Service column in the Daily News reports Pat Lynch's nomination for a second term as PBA president and quotes Al O'Leary: "We are asking all our members to look for the ballots in the mail and send them back as quickly as possible."
May 20 The Chief is give particularly strong coverage to Lynch, the PBA election and other PBA stories. A page-one article accompanied by Lynch's photo runs under the headline: "Lynch Seeks 2nd Term, Giving City's Police Reason to Believe." The article provides Lynch with a platform from which to outline his accomplishments over his first four years in office. It ends with a quote of endorsement from P.O. Pedro Rodriguez: "I think you've done a great job. I think you're going to be around for a while." A sidebar accompanying Lynch's election profile runs under the headline, "Delegates Back Lynch, Challenger at PBA Faces Uphill Battle," describes the May 13 delegates meeting as having been "dominated by supporters of the incumbent." Another Chief article tells of how the PBA is distributing free gunlocks to every uniformed member of the NYPD "to promote the save storage of firearms in officers' homes." Another Chief article describes the PBA's successful lawsuit in which a Manhattan Supreme Court judge found "reasonable cause to believe that the NYPD committed an improper labor practice' when it transferred Bronx PBA Delegate Joseph Anthony "because his precinct commander deemed him a negative influence." The Staten Island Advance quotes Lynch on the summons quota story: "We want to build a partnership with the community, especially on Staten Island, where it's a family atmosphere and the people on this island support their cops. This makes it more difficult." NY 1 and Channels 2, 7 and 11 broadcast Pat Lynch's reaction to a Daily News article about a Bronx cop ticketing a man for sitting on a crate. Also broadcast on WOR radio.
May 19 In a story about Assemblyman Dov Hikind's plan to introduce anti-summons quota legislation, the New York Post cites Pat Lynch's claim that he can prove there are quotas.
May 18 In an editorial, the New York Post quotes Pat Lynch's charge that there are summons quotas: "The NYPD has become a summons-generating machine, generating millions of dollars to close the city's budget gap while eroding the relationship between the police and the communities they serve." In an article about today's union leaders, the New York Times cites Pat Lynch's opposition to granting give-backs to the city in the current contract dispute.
May 17 The New York Post quotes Pat Lynch's charge that the NYPD is turning the beat cop into a "summons machine."
May 16 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News: "In its 'Don't Blame the Cop' campaign, the PBA says the city is cracking down on drivers to raise cash. 'It's a revenue-builder to close the city's budget gap,' PBA President Patrick J. Lynch says in a radio ad set to air next week. 'And while the city's squeezing working people, police brass are squeezing cops to write as many high-priced tickets as possible."
May 15 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News in an advance about the PBA's press conference making public internal NYPD memos that reveal an illegal quota system for issuing traffic and parking tickets. Lynch says the memos show supervisors "threatening police officers…to meet the numbers." PBA Brooklyn North Financial Secretary John Giangrasso is quoted in the New York Post story on the issue. Lynch's press conference complaining about the Department pressuring cops to meet summons quotas and announcing the "Don't Blame the Cop" ad campaign is aired on NY 1 and Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 and News-12 Long Island. On radio, Lynch is heard on WCBS, WINS, WLIE and WFUV. Also mentioned in Newsday column.
May 14 Pat Lynch's charge that the NYPD has become a "summons machine generating millions of dollars to close the city's budget gap" is repeated in a Daily News follow-up about how "New Yorkers are getting soaked with summonses" from all city enforcement agents. Al O'Leary is quoted in the New York Post's second-day story in which Police Commissioner Kelly says they're "productivity goals" and not "quotas." O'Leary's response: "Productivity expectations at the commissioner's level become quotas at the police officer's level. 'Go out and get me 10 summonses first.' It's wrong and it's common practice and it's got to stop." The New York Law Journal reports the PBA court victory in getting a preliminary injunction rescinding Delegate Joe Anthony's transfer. The court noted that a Feb. 10, 2002, memo recommended Anthony's transfer "due to his influence as a PBA delegate."
May 13 The PBA issued a press release stating that while the number of police officers is down, the number of summons written is up significantly. Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News, the Post, saying that quotas have turned the NYPD into a “summons machine” that is compromising our officers’ relationship with the communities they serve. The story is also reported in Newsday, the Sun. NY1, Times, WINS, UPN9, WCBS radio and Fox 5 News also picked the story up. The Chief Leader reports that the court has barred the “True Rank and File” slate from further use of a protected and allegedly stolen PBA mailing after they failed to obtain the list through a previous court action. The court determined that the use was in violation of the union’s bylaws. In a profile about his opponent in the upcoming election, Pat Lynch responds to “misinformed” attacks and explains how the PBA’s PERB contract was valued by the city at worth $115 million more than other union’s contracts.
April
April 30

Pat Lynch is quoted in The Sun in a story about the protest demonstration against layoffs: "We are the ones who built this city. We are the ones who keep it safe. We were on our hands and knees digging for our brothers and sisters [after 9/11]. The mayor praised us; now it's time to back up that praise and support us. We need to feed our children."

April 29 Pat Lynch is seen and heard on Channel's coverage of the trial of one of Police Officer Michael Buczek's killers.
Apr. 22 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a story in The Chief about the effects of the mayor's proposed budget cuts on public safety. The proposal to cancel the July Academy class and continue to reduce the NYPD through attrition is "sheer lunacy," Lynch said. In another article in The Chief, Lynch is identified as one of the labor leaders whose "defiant comments" appeared in a New York Magazine article about the budget cuts.
Apr. 21 The Malzberg interview with Pat Lynch is played over and over again on WABC-radio.
Apr. 20 Pat Lynch is a live guest on Steve Malzberg's talk show on WABC-radio (RM and MP3 formats) and he once again gets across his message about the proposed police budget cuts.
Apr. 18 Newsday, the Post and the Sun covered the PBA's support of the city council's law to allow police officers to work off-duty in uniform outside bars and clubs located outside their home precincts. Recording Secretary Bob Zink was featured on NY1 where he explained how many officers have experience in this work and would take advantage of the opportunity. WINS and WCBS also covered the story.
Apr. 17 Recording Secretary Bob Zink was interviewed regarding a search for retired and active police officers to go to Baghdad to help train Iraqis in the proper manner to police a community. Zink noted that we need every officer we have in NYC because it is the number one target for terrorism.
Apr. 16 Pat Lynch is interviewed live by Mike Sheehan on Fox-5's Good Day NY, commenting on Mayor Bloomberg's "doomsday" budget: "It's going to be devastating for the New York City Police Department. We will not be able to keep up with crime with the number of police officers we have, and the city may well slide back into the 1970s." Bloomberg News and the Associated Press quote Lynch's statement concerning the mayor's budget proposals: "Homicides are up 13% so far this year. America is at war in Iraq. New York City is still the number one terrorist target. And the NYPD is losing 235 members a month, about what it takes to staff one precinct. Reducing the already dangerously low staffing levels of the NYPD is sheer lunacy that will cost this city thousands of times in losses what it will save today. New Yorkers expect and deserve better." Al O'Leary is quoted in Newsday: "New York is still the number-one terrorist target. And the NYPD is losing 235 members a month, about what it takes to staff one precinct. Reducing the already dangerously low staffing levels is sheer lunacy that will cost this city thousands of times in losses what it will save today." Pat Lynch also appeared on New York 1, WABC and WCBS.
Apr. 15 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about the mayor's demand for concessions from labor: "I don't think the city should be looking at labor for savings. The city should not always look to labor to fix their mismanagement problems." He is also quoted in the Post's city budget story, saying that canceling the next Academy class would be a "real bad mistake…We will not be able to continue manning the terrorist posts and fighting crime." He is also quoted in The Chief, reacting to Police Commissioner Kelly's announcement that police officers may have to work a six-day week to continue the anti-terrorist Operation Atlas: "What's happening now is, there's not enough police officers in total to handle the work. And the reason they're running into problems is that officers are leaving, because they're not paying a living wage."
Apr. 11 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News story on labor's support-the-troops rally at Ground Zero: "We are sending a message to the world: You attack one of us, you attack all of us. And we attack back." The Sun's article also quotes Lynch, calling his speech "perhaps the most well received of the day."
Apr. 10 Sound bites from Pat Lynch's speech at labor's support-the-troops rally at Ground Zero are broadcast on NY1 and WINS. Al O'Leary is quoted in The Sun's article on layoffs: "In the 1970s we gave back huge amounts in terms of pension money, in terms of vacation time, and we agreed to lag the payroll — and then they laid off 5,000 cops anyway. In the final analysis, the city double-crossed us and we're not going to let that happen again."
Apr. 9 The Sun runs an article on the PBA's radio ad campaign, quoting extensively from Pat Lynch's radio script: "During recent protests against the war in Iraq, some people attacked New York City police officers as if it were our fault that we had to go to war…We ask you to remember that police officers play a critical role in allowing the expression of free speech, one of our most cherished rights as Americans. The reason you are able to protest is because of the police officer who is protecting your right to free speech." Another article in The Sun mentions that Lynch will be speaking at the next day's Ground Zero pro-troops union rally. Lynch's statement appears on Fox-5 NY's 6-p.m. broadcast and his photo and statement appear on the 11-p.m. broadcast: "Eliminating overtime means fewer police officers to combat terror and may force the department to take cops out of the neighborhoods that are already suffering."
Apr. 3 Pat Lynch appears on New York 1, saying that further reduction of the police force through attrition would be devastating. Al O'Leary is quoted in the Daily News: "The staffing level of the NYPD is already dangerously low, and there is no guarantee that the city could be adequately protected if the staffing gets any smaller."
Apr. 2 Al O'Leary is quoted in the New York Post, responding to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' suggestion that New York cops and firefighters work overtime without pay as a wartime sacrifice: "New York City police officers are among the hardest-working and lowest-paid in the nation. We are on duty 24 hours a day and we are not compensated for 24 hours. In many respects we are already volunteering our services for the safety of New York."
March

Mar. 20

Pat Lynch is heard on WCBS-News Radio 880, repeating his urging that police officers be provided with "millennium masks."

Mar. 19

Pat Lynch appears on Fox-5 News at 10 p.m., commenting on the inadequacy of the anti-terrorist gear issued to a small percentage of police officers earlier in the day. Lynch says money should be no object to providing them with the more effective "millennium masks."

Mar. 17

Pat Lynch is heard on WINS and WCBS news radio at the St. Patrick's Day parade.

Mar. 14

Pat Lynch is quoted in the headline of a New York Post story about the arraignment of Ronell Wilson for the murder of Detectives James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews. "This man is trash," the Post headline says, "and should be treated that way. (He) put bullets into the heads of police officers and should not be able to live." He is also quoted in the New York Times and Newsday.

Mar. 11

The Chief reports that Pat Lynch will receive the President's Award of the National Council of Columbia Organizations in Civil Service at the organization's annual diner April 3. "Pat Lynch has done an extraordinary amount of work for retirees in the areas of health and benefits," the newspaper quotes the group's president, Joseph Guagliardo. "He's been a good guy for Italians and a good guy for everyone else in civil service."

Mar. 8

Newsday reports the PBA victory in defense of lawsuit by group attempting to gain access to members' names and addresses: "In the decision reached yesterday (March 7), Justice Harold B. Beeler of State Supreme Court in Manhattan declined to override Mr. (Patrick J.) Lynch's decision (not to release the mailing list), stating that 'it strikes a reasonable balance between protecting the privacy interests of the PBA membership, assuring an orderly election and allowing official candidates for office access to the membership to promote their candidacy.'"

Mar. 2

Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and New York Post, reacting to the news that Deputy Mayor Marc Shaw's 16 percent pay increase. "That question that I have to ask is doesn't he feel that New York City's police officers deserve a raise?" Lynch was quoted in the Post.

Mar.1

The New York Times quotes Pat Lynch in a story about the city's labor unions resisting Mayor Bloomberg's insistence that they agree to $600 million in concessions before beginning negotiations: "It's absolutely a pay cut when you cut any of our benefits, health benefits, pension benefits," Lynch said. "We need to speak in one voice to defeat these draconian proposals." Lynch's remarks are also broadcast on WINS.

February

Feb. 26

Pat Lynch's photo appears on page one of The Irish Echo, with another photo and a full page of text inside profiling Lynch under the headline, "Badge of Honor: PBA head Patrick Lynch digs in against the city's administration."

Feb. 25

Pat Lynch appears in a New York Times photo and he is quoted in the Times' article about the $4 million in federal funds for cops' gas masks. The Times reports that Lynch "said he was grateful for the money and the protection it would provide, but noted that it was only a start. 'We need the money to help train our members how to properly use this equipment,' he said. 'We need to get more equipment to protect ourselves to help us protect you.'" Lynch is also quoted in the Newsday story on the issue and his photo accompanies the story in The Sun. Al O'Leary is quoted in the Staten Island Advance: "A lot more needs to be done. Training so that the officers can recognize the telltale signs of such attacks is also a very big issue."

Feb. 24

Pat Lynch is seen on NY 1 and Channels 2 and 7 and heard on WINS and WCBS-News Radio at a press conference with Sen. Hillary Clinton about the federal government providing $4 million to furnish NYPD officers with gas masks. Lynch called for increased funding for New York City police officers anti-terrorist equipment and training.

Feb. 13

Walter Liddy is quoted in a New York Post story about the level of police preparedness for a terrorist attack: "Cops are no more prepared for a terrorist attack today than they were on Sept. 10, 2001. A couple of videotapes shown haphazardly after roll calls does not constitute intensive anti-terrorism training."

Feb. 12

Pat Lynch is seen on News-4 NY discussing the level of police preparedness for a terrorist attack.

Feb. 11

Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a story in The Chief about union resistance to Mayor Bloomberg's giveback demands: "It appears that they are not only trying to balance the budget on the backs of city employees, but they are attempting to interfere with the ability of city unions to represent their membership." A statement by John Puglissi is quoted on News-4 NY in a story about the level of police preparedness for a terrorist attack: "We take the terrorism issue seriously and we want to make sure our police department is providing our members proper equipment and training to handle the various stages that they may encounter as first responders."

Feb. 10

Feb. 10 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article warning that the "number of patrol cops assigned to city precincts has fallen to 'dangerous lows' not seen since the crime-plagued early 1990s^Å" Lynch: "If this continues and every precinct is understaffed, we will not be able to keep up with crime and we will return to the bad old days when the streets were out of control." Al O'Leary is also quoted. The story also ran on NY1.

Feb. 4

The Chief credits Pat Lynch with defeating last year's proposal before the PERB panel for police officers to work more tours.

Feb. 3

Al O'Leary is quoted in a New York Times article about the impact on city services and budget of reservist police officers being called up to active duty: "The ranks are already very thin and a loss of manpower would just exacerbate that problem. Any further reductions would create a situation where crime is going to be allowed to flourish in some communities."

January

Jan. 30

Pat Lynch is quoted in The Sun in response to Bloomberg’s call for productivity savings from the unions saying that the union would discuss it “…over the negotiating table.” In the same article the PBA challenges Bloomberg’s statement that unions shared in the “boom” times. Al O’Leary strongly disagreed saying that “certainly doesn’t apply to police officers” who were among the most productive but have not shared in the good times “in any regard.”

Jan. 24

Daily News article describes PBA banquet to honor Bobby Valentine and the Mets organization for their post-9/11 contributions to widows and children.

Jan. 22

Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times and The Sun in articles about the mayor getting booed at the Police Academy graduation ceremonies: "For the last two weeks, these 2,100 new police officers were wondering whether they were going to have a job after graduation, so their reaction should not be surprised." John Flynn is quoted in the Daily News story about the graduation. Newsday also covers the event.

Jan. 21

Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief's article about Mayor Bloomberg backing off on the police layoffs threat. The article also reports on other issues, including the settlement between the PBA and the city on the distribution of the extra 1.5 percent won in the PERB contract settlement. Regarding the mayor's demands for productivity in exchange for further wage increases in future contracts, Lynch argued in favor of 12-hour tours. "It gives the Commissioner more police officers on the street with fewer appearances per year," he said. Lynch is also quoted in another Chief article, about the PBA court victory over the distribution of $14 million in donations received for survivors of police officers lost on 9/11: "The important part of this whole futile exercise is that a self-promoting attorney (Ed Hayes) tried to turn police widow against police widow for his own personal gain." A Chief editorial points out that Bloomberg's bluff backfires.

Jan. 20

Al O'Leary is quoted in a Daily News article about how the police officer involved in the shooting of a suspected car thief Jan. 2 helped apprehend a gunman while off-duty Jan. 19: "When you're a cop, you're always a cop. One way to make sure you never have problems on this job is to not get involved. But a good, active cop, like Officer (John) Brennan, does get involved, and the city is better off for it." PBA pension consultant Joe Maccone is quoted in a New York Times article about a settlement between the city and the IRS over issues involving the financing arrangement that led to the creation of the Variable Supplement Fund.

Jan. 17

Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times story about Mayor Bloomberg backing off on the police layoffs threat: "'That is good news for a city that is already dangerously low on police officers,' said Mr. Lynch, who has been leading a publicity campaign against layoffs."

Jan. 16

Pat Lynch is quoted in the Wall St. Journal, in an article about prominent executives taking multi-million-dollar salary cuts to work in the upper levels of the NYPD in the anti-terrorism age. "The paradox of increasing responsibilities with fewer officers," the Journal writes, "is prompting criticism. 'Laying off police officers as this city struggles to fight terrorism and rebuild its economy is not an option,' says Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association…"

Jan. 15

PBA-provided statistics are cited in an article in the New York Post about Council Speaker Gifford Miller saying he believed police layoffs were "unnecessary." Bill Farrell's Civil Service column in the Daily News cites Pat Lynch's previous-day op/ed-page article in that paper. Farrell writes that NYPD spokesman Michael O'Looney believed it was "way too early to talk about layoffs."

Jan. 14

The Daily News publishes an op/ed-page article by Pat Lynch urging the enactment of legislation freeing the NYPD of budget politics by establishing minimum staffing levels and creating a dedicated funding stream. The News also runs an editorial opposing the idea. Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a page-one story in The Chief about the threat of police layoffs.

Jan. 13

Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News: "We are not going to be able to continue drive down crime and defend our city against terrorism when there are so few police officers." The Post quotes Lynch from the previous day's interview on WABC radio: "The NYPD should be exempt from any further cuts to its budget. We are already too short-staffed in the neighborhood precincts as it is." Lynch appears on the evening news broadcasts on Channels, 4, 5, 7 and 41, urging against police layoffs.

Jan. 12

On Steve Malzberg's morning talk show on WABC radio, Pat Lynch is heard warning against police layoffs. A New York Post editorial says that Pat Lynch is "entirely correct" when in saying that "laying off police officers as this city struggles to fight terrorism and rebuild its economy is not an option."

Jan. 11

Al O'Leary is quoted in the New York Post, saying that police layoffs would be "a devastating blow to the safety of New York City."

Jan. 10

Pat Lynch is quoted in Newsday, the Daily News and The Sun: "The city should never be talking about cutting the budget of the Police Department." "Operation Impact is simply trying to cover up the fact that are not enough cops on the street and it can become the equivalent of putting a Band-Aid on gunshot wound." Reassigning officers temporarily to high-crime areas would mean "quelling a hot spot here but creating tomorrow's hot spot" in the area from which the officers were re-deployed.

Jan. 9

Pat Lynch's statement on the possible police layoffs continues to air on NY 1 and is quoted in the New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, and WABC On all local TV stations.On afternoon and evening news broadcasts, Lynch > is seen and heard denouncing the possible layoffs on NY 1 and Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 47.

Jan. 8

Pat Lynch issues a statement on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's announcement that he may not be able to comply with the mayor's latest round of budge cuts without laying off police officers. Lynch's statement is aired on NY 1. The statement: "The NYPD lost 3,845 officers last year, the largest one-year attrition in the department's history. Laying off police officers as this city struggles to fight terrorism and rebuild its economy is not an option. The NYPD must be exempt from any additional cuts because without adequate number of police officers, this city is not viable for business or people. Our streets must be safe for any thing else to matter."

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