PBA in the News
Archive 2007

More print and video news stories can be found linked by year: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 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 21

Videos on Channel 2 and Channel 11 cover how the PBA, family and wounded cops fight the parole of the killer of P.O. Stephen Gilroy. 

Dec. 14 In the Chief-Leader: PBA critics believe pay is too low and Bratton says that cops merit best pay .
Dec. 10 Video on Fox and Channel 11: Police union leaders join elected official on the steps of City Hall to call for the continued incarceration of a cop killer.
Dec. 8 Video on ABC, My9, Fox and New York 1 covers the annual PBA party for the families of officers who fell in the line of duty
Dec. 7

In a New York 1 interview, Kelly talks about unfair salaries at top and bottom of the scale. Pat Lynch tells the the Daily News the union is hoping the board will rescind the release of Shuaib Raheem, 58, and conduct a new hearing after it gets an earful from Patricia Gilroy, the widow of slain Officer Stephen Gilroy.

Dec. 6 Pat Lynch is quoted in Newsday, The New York Sun, Metro and the Courier News in articles about the arraignment of P.O. Raphael Lora for manslaughter in the death of motorist who had tried to drag him under his auto: "This off-duty officer took action to protect his community from an obviously dangerous drunken driver, who had already crashed into two parked vehicles. The officer, who never fired his weapon before on the job, was subsequently forced to fire in order protect his own life and to prevent possible injury to others."
Dec. 4 Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief as he reacted to Medical Examiner Dr. Charles S. Hirsch's decision not to reclassify the death of a police officer who worked at Ground Zero because he did not start working there until Sept. 13, 2001: "This medical examiner has been politicized. Police Officer Godbee's death was a result of a criminal act and should be classified as a homicide. It is no different from dying from a bullet wound days or years later."


November

Nov. 27 The New York Post publishes a letter-to-the-editor from Pat Lynch responding to a Post editorial: "We expect the city of New York to obey the Taylor Law and to pay police a salary that is comparable to what other local professional police departments earn," the letter read in part. "We expect to be able to live decently, not luxuriously, in the city that we protect on our police salary." The Post also runs the PBA's full-page ad.
Nov. 26 Letters to the New York Post support Pat Lynch in response to a recent editorial criticizing him: “Pat Lynch is doing the job of PBA president that we elected him to do,” writes Officer Joe Colavito. “As usual, the city administration doesn¹t want to sit down in good faith and negotiate — it simply wants to shove pattern bargaining down our throats. Thanks to Lynch, we won¹t stand for the city¹s decades-long tactics and are fighting back for the wages we deserve.” A full-page taken out by the PBA appears in the Daily News. It reads in part: “If NYC had obeyed the Taylor Law and paid police officers a fair market wage, there would be no police shortage today.” On WCBS and WNBC, Pat Lynch responds to the M.E.'s refusal ro rule death of police officer James Godbee as a homicide. "This medical examiner once again proves that he's looking at this from a litigation standpoint rather than a right and wrong standpoint." he says. Another video on WCBS also reports the dedication of a playground to PO Dillon Stewart.
Nov. 23 Letters to the Voice of the People section of the Daily News support Pat Lynch in response to a letter criticizing him for his contract positions: “PBA President Patrick Lynch is far from a hypocrite,” writes Caroline Gise . “His job is to protect and represent police officers...”
Nov. 20 Pat Lynch's photo and the PBA's positions on the contract situation and its effect on NYPD recruitment and retention are featured in an article in The Chief about two city council members appearing as witnesses for the PBA at PERB arbitration hearings: Council member Hiram Monserrate: "I made an opening statement about the importance of ensuring that our police officers are treated fairly. We train them and they gain valuable experience on patrol. And then we lose them to other jurisdictions that pay more — that just doesn't make sense. "
Nov. 19 Pat Lynch is criticized in a New York Post editorial for his "take-no-prisoners attitude" and "incessant, pie-in-the-sky invocation of Nassau and Suffolk salaries" in his contract negotiations with the city.
Nov. 16 Lynch is quoted in the Daily News, New York Post, New York Sun, Metro, in articles about the fact that half of Nassau County's police recruiting class are NYPD veterans: "There seems to be a direct correlation between our salaries...falling behind other nearby police departments and the ever-increasing numbers of fully trained and experienced New York City police officers quitting." New York 1 also covers the story in a video.
Nov. 15 Pat Lynch talks to WOR's Steve Malzberg on various topics including the contract, Giuliani's candidacy and the recent police involved shooting.  Click here to go to the podcast:  http://podcast.wor710.com/wor/762124.mp3. Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui's accused killer's attempt to suppress his confession in the case: “We knew he was a born killer and now we know he is a born liar. He contradicted himself on the stand, calling the professionals liars. He believes he's right and the rest of the world is wrong.” Lynch is also quoted in the News's article about Gov. Spitzer's decision to fight a lawsuit that could have speeded up the release on parole of some of the state's most violent criminals: “The decision to fight this ridiculous suit by violent felons and killers is the right decision.”
Nov. 12 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes are prominent in a New York Post article headlined, "PBA big hammers Rudy as skinflint on crime and terror." Lynch said in part: "The inability to keep veteran cops on the job or to recruit adequate numbers of new ones can be traced directly to the Giuliani mayoralty. While the city was rolling in money, the Giuliani administration cried future poverty and stuck New York City police officers with 3 1/2 years without a raise. Giuliani's 'zeroes for heroes' contracts held police pay stagnant while all the other local departments in the metro area were getting modest but steady raises." New York 1 and the Gothamist also reports on the PBA's position.
Nov. 9 Videos on CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox5 and My9 show the murderer of P.O. Dillon Stewart being sentenced to life without parole. The New York Post publishes a letter by Pat Lynch responding to a Post editorial. It read in part: "You can't have it both ways. You can't say that our work gives the city value and then refuse to credit us with it in negotiations. Competitive pay for police officers is a good investment in public safety that will pay dividends for years to come." Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the sentencing of Police Officer Dillon Stewart's murderer to life without parole. Referring to P.O. Stewart's widow Leslyn Stewart, Lynch said: ""[Her] strength carries every New York City police officer who is riding these dangerous streets this very moment."
Nov. 8 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about negotiations between the State Attorney General's Office and lawyers for inmates that may result new parole hearings for cop-killers and other violent criminals who have been denied parole in the past and have been in prison for decades: "In a state where there is no death penalty, there should be no parole for violent felons or murderers. It is our view that the state's parole laws are far too lenient and allow too many violent criminals onto our city streets only to commit more heinous acts. No cop-killer should ever be given the opportunity to walk the streets a free person again."
Nov. 7 On the eve of the sentencing of her husband's killer, Leslyn Stewart speaks with MY 9 News about her life since the tragedy and Pat Lynch comments on the need for the death penalty in New York State.
Nov. 6 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in The Chief in an article about the PBA's press conference pointing out that veteran sanitation workers earn nearly $9,000 more than police officers: "This is not an attack on New York City sanitation workers. [But] New York City is the only city in America that pays the people collecting household garbage more than the people who risk their lives fighting crime and the real threat of terrorism." Lynch is also quoted in The Chief's "Razzle Dazzle" column about Mayor Bloomberg's remarks questioning the heroism of Det. James Zadroga and whether his death was due to the more than 400 hours he spent working a Ground Zero: "To take a litigation stance, to save money for the city, just goes to show that this is a ... billionaire that doesn't care. The mayor is out of touch." Lynch is also quoted in The Chief's article about this issue: "This is the most insulting thing that's ever been said about a police officer."
Nov. 5 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News in an article about that newspaper's editorial call for the creation of an independent panel to set "clearer standards and greater transparency" in determining who died from WTC exposure, a decision now made by city Health Commissioner Charles Hirsch. Lynch noted that Hirsch has a conflict of interest as an employee of the city, which would be liable for any payouts in possible litigation over the issue: "A panel is more likely to consider all circumstances, while the city will view them from a litigation and liability standpoint."
Nov. 1 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News in an article about three police officers being suspended for alleged steroid use while a deputy chief avoided that penalty, saying that the cops' discipline "smacks of favoritism."


October

Oct. 31

Pat Lynch demands apology from Bloomberg for Zadroga insult: videos on Fox5, WNBC, WABC, My9. With bonuses, veteran sanitation workers on collection earn more than veteran police officers: Videos on New York 1, My9, Channel 11, and Channel 12. Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and in Metro NY in articles about New York City sanitation workers earning more than police officers: "This is not an attack on New York City sanitation workers. [But] New York City is the only city in America that pays more to people who pick up household garbage than to people who put their lives on the line." Lynch is also quoted in the New York Sun's article about Mayor Bloomberg's comment that deceased NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who died from respiratory ailments after working more than 400 hours at Ground Zero, was not a hero: It is "despicable," said Lynch, for Bloomberg to "tarnish the reputation and memory of a man who was a hero by nature."

Oct.. 30 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in a curtain-raiser article in The Chief about the imminent beginning of the PBA PERB arbitration hearings: "The NYPD faces a critical retention and recruitment problem today. No other uniformed force is losing veteran members or is suffering from the lack of qualified candidates like the Police Department."
Oct. 26 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the New York State Police beating the NYPD in both salary and recruiting: "We are willing to bet that hundreds of those applicants for New York State Trooper jobs came from within the ranks of the NYPD where morale is as low as the paychecks." The Daily News also quotes Lynch in an article about P.O. Andrew Suarez's sentencing statement at sentencing of man (married to an NYPD officer) who shot him early this year. Referring to the wife, who faces charges of evidence tampering and official misconduct, Lynch said: "She made a decision to cross a line and will forever go down in the annals of the NYPD as a criminal and a mope."
Oct. 23 Pat Lynch's photo accompanies an article in The Chief about the PBA federal court suit challenging the new NYPD policy mandating sobriety tests for all police officers involved in shootings that wound or kill. In the PBA's full-page advertisement in The Chief, a professor testifies for the PBA against the City in our fight for a just contract.
Oct. 22 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the deputy chief who was cleared of departmental steroid-use charges while police officers involved in the same investigation remain under suspicion and on modified duty: "Right now six police officers and a supervisor are accused of the same thing ­ yet the police officers are modified and the supervisor is not. All we want and expect is a fair investigation."
Oct. 20 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Staten Island Advance article about the PBA endorsement of GOP incumbent Daniel Donovan as Richmond County District Attorney: "He's the person who understands the criminal justice system and how the police officer fits into that justice system and the importance to New York City police officers' partnership with enforcement. We do not give endorsements -- a candidate earns the endorsement. Dan Donovan has earned this endorsement."
Oct. 19 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post, New York Times and Newsday in articles about the PBA federal court suit challenging the new NYPD policy mandating sobriety tests for all police officers involved in shootings that wound or kill: "There is no reason or justification to subject an officer who legally fires a weapon...to the humiliation and psychological trauma of a mandatory Breathalyzer test."
Oct. 18 Videos on ABC, NBC, Fox5, NY1, and News 12 Bronx cover the PBA's constitutional challenge to the NYPD's mandatory alcohol testing policy in federal court.
Oct. 16 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in an article in The Chief about a task force recommendation that Gov. Spitzer endorse legislation to reduce the 40-hour exposure requirement in the World Trade Center disability law. Lynch called the requirement "arbitrary," adding: "There is evidence that workers present during the first 48 hours after the collapse are more likely to develop illnesses. They deserve and have earned the protection that the 9/11 disability law provides, and the PBA will seek legislation to provide it to them." Lynch is also quoted in The Chief article about the guilty verdict in the trail of Police Officer Dillon Stewart's killer.
Oct. 12 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times and the Daily News in articles about the guilty verdict in the trial of Police Officer Dillon Stewart's killer: "Regrettably, (convicted killer Allan) Cameron will not face the fate that he imposed on Dillon Stewart, who was a fine officer and a loving husband and father. It is time for our elected officials to find the political will to legislate a constitutionally appropriate death penalty for the murder of a police officer."
Oct. 11 Videos on WCBS, WABC, WNBC, Fox5 and New York 1 show how the jury takes less than two hours to convict the killer of PO Dillon Stewart.
Oct. 10 Video on WCBS covers the closing arguments in murder of PO Dillon Stewart
Oct. 9 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in two articles in The Chief. In an article about the DEA's tentative contract settlement, he says: "The solution begins and ends with paying New York City police officers a competitive top salary. When you have places like Elizabeth, N.J., with a lower median income and much smaller tax base than New York City paying its police over 20 percent more...it's no wonder we can't attract candidates." In The Chief' article about the breathalyzer tests given to the detectives wounded in the Oct. 5 life-saving shootings, Lynch says: "They should be receiving praise and commendations, not alcohol-testing."
Oct. 8 A letter by Pat Lynch is published in the Daily News commenting on their Oct. 5 editorial about the NYPD's new policy of giving sobriety tests to all police officers who shoot someone to a sobriety test: "Sometimes police have to use deadly force to protect themselves and the public...No one should ever be subjected to the degradation of having to take a Breathalyzer test simply for doing their job. It's wrong and it's unconstitutional and we will fight it."
Oct. 4

Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the success of the Port Authority's police recruitment effort: "It is no surprise to me that the Port Authority Police have more candidates than they need because at a top pay of $83,000 they are paying a professional police salary." Lynch is also quoted in New York Post and New York Times articles about NYPD detectives wounded in a life-saving gun battle who were required to submit to sobriety tests because their shots found their mark: "There is absolutely no reason to submit these courageous detectives to such a test...They should be receiving praise and commendations, not alcohol testing."

Sep 25 On WCBS, a video shows accused cop killer Alan Cameron's girl friend testifying he had a gun on the incident.  Lynch calls the testimony "huge." Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in an article in The Chief about the department charging NYPD rookies for night-sights and their guns: "The weapons issued to new police officers should be fully equipped to meet department standards at no additional cost to the officer. It¹s just another reason that nearly 1,000 trained and experienced officers quit the NYPD each year for jobs with better pay, better benefits and better all-around treatment." Lynch is also criticized in a Chief editorial for what the newspaper calls his "delaying tactics" in the contract negotiations. PBA runs a full page ad reminding New Yorkers about how it has been warning of the recruitment and retention crisis since 2000 in AM-NY.
Sep. 21 The PBA full-page ad reminding New Yorkers about how it has been warning of the recruitment and retention crisis since 2000 runs in NY Metro.
Sep. 20 The PBA full-page ad reminding New Yorkers about how it has been warning of the recruitment and retention crisis since 2000 runs in the Daily News.
Sep. 19 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and New York Post in articles about a web site mocking 9/11 victims and their families: "The police officers who sacrificed their lives that day, and every day, do so to ensure the freedom of speech that this Web site insults. America¹s greatness lies in the tolerance of crap like this ­ where those responsible would be summarily executed in a terrorist country." The PBA runs a full-page ad in the New York Post reminding New Yorkers about how it¹s been warning of the recruitment and retention crisis since 2000.
Sep. 18

Pat Lynch¹s photo appears in an article in The Chief-Leader about PBA "plans to cite plans the local law-enforcement trend to move to longer tours" in the PERB arbitration proceedings. Also, he is quoted in The Chief¹s piece on the new health plan for PBA employees: "We've implemented a new plan that avoids increased co-pays for our employees, reduces hurdles necessary to secure treatment by specialists and provides enhanced dental and optical benefits, all with no premiums to our employees." In the PBA's full-page advertisement in The Chief, Pat Lynch calls for the City and the department to start treating police officers as the professionals that they are.

Sep. 17 Videos on WABC, WCBS, Fox5, My9, WNBC and New York 1 cover Pat Lynch joining PO Dillon Stewart's wife at the opening of the murder trial.
Sep. 16

The Daily News quotes Pat Lynch in an article about the impending trial of Police Officer Dillon Stewart¹s accused killer: "We have faith that the good people of Brooklyn who will sit in judgment of this case will see Allan Cameron for the cowardly thug that he is and put him away for life."

Sep 15

Daily News editorial "New York in Danger" on 9/15/07 erroneously blames the PBA and Pat Lynch for the retention and recruiting crisis face by the NYPD. Pat Lynch responded immediately to the Daily News with a letter that the Daily News, so far, refuses to print.

Sep. 14

"They're leaving because of top pay," said Pat Lynch, in a WCBS video about the flight of new recruits. "Top pay for NYPD is $59,000," Lynch said. "Suffolk County is $100,000, 80,000 in Nassau County." The story is also covered on WABC.

Sep. 11 Pat Lynch¹s photo appears twice in The Chief-Leader and he is quoted in three articles, one about the PERB ruling that the length of tours is a mandatory subject of collective bargaining, another about the department offering police officers free exam preparation courses for the sergeants test, and the third about the nomination of Eric Schmertz as a member of the PERB board being bottled up in a State Senate committee: "This (the PERB ruling on tours) reopens the door for negotiations that can bring a modern chart system to the NYPD that can benefit both the city and its police officers." On the sergeants test preps: "The best way to fill the sergeant ranks with qualified people is to attract the best people to become police officers, and that is not happening because top pay is not competitive." On the Schmertz delay: "The DEA, LBA and CEA are doing the city¹s bidding by opposing the nomination of Eric Schmertz, who has a long history of fairly applying the state¹s labor laws. In the face of a civilian settlement of zero and three percent over two years, Mr. Schmertz awarded the PBA 10.25 percent over the same period, paying police well over $100 million more in salary and benefits than they would have gotten under the civilian settlement."


August

Aug. 17 In the PBA's full-page advertisement in The Chief, Pat Lynch points out how the PBA's goals are endorsed by the Taylor Law.
Aug. 13 A column by Pat Lynch appears in Metro, urging the passage of a viable New York State death penalty law in the aftermath of the killing of Police Officer Russel Timoshenko.
Aug. 3 Pat Lynch¹s photo and paraphrases of his positions appear in an article in The Chief about police officers¹ reaction to how long it¹s taking to settle the contract. "The Brooklyn officers generally appeared to support the union¹s hard-line approach," The Chief reports. "'They¹ve offered to give things back,' a veteran officer asserted, referring to the city¹s proposals. 'We finance our own raises ­ that¹s not a raise.'"


July

Jul 30 Pat Lynch¹s photo appears in a Daily News editorial that criticizes him once again because he "refuses to negotiate a contract that would eliminate the shameful starting salary...and forced the mayor to seek arbitration."
Jul. 23 In an editorial, the Daily News criticizes Pat Lynch for holding out for a better contract than the Sanitation Workers and Uniformed Fire Officers settled for.
Jul. 17 Articles in the New York Times, Post, News, New York 1 and the Sun cover the arraignment for murder of the three suspects in the killing of PO Russel Timoshenko as well as the press conference where Pat Lynch called for the death penalty.
Jul. 13-17

There has been major news coverage of the shooting of police officers Herman Yan and Russel Timoshenko. Listed below in chronological order are the video clips which includes the PBA's reaction to the arrest of the two fugitives and their arraignment at which Lynch calls for a federal prosecution andofficer Timoshenko's death and wake as well asthe rearraignment of the three perps on murder charges.

Jul. 13 News videos on ABC, Fox, and NBC: Pat Lynch delivers a message from the Timoshenko family at Kings County Hospital.
Jul. 13 Pat Lynch’s photo and quotes appear in an article in The Chief about the selection of Susan T. Mackenzie as chairwoman of the PERB arbitration panel that will decide the PBA contract: “There is much more at stake in this arbitration than an officer’s paycheck. While New York City police officers deserve a great deal more than what the city pays them, the future safety and fiscal health of this city will be determined by this arbitration’s outcome.”
Jul. 13 PBA advertisement in Chief-Leader: "Underestimated Revenues + Overestimated Expenses = Budgets Unfair to Police Officers"
Jul. 11 News videos on ABC, CBS, Fox5, My9, NBC, and New York 1: PBA members appear at indictment of first arrested in shooting of officers Yan and Timoshenko. Lynch calls for others to surrender and for a viable death penalty in New York State.
Jul. 6 A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch appears in the New York Post: “The problem facing the NYPD is an inability to keep senior police officers and the job and to attract new ones. The solution is to raise the top pay to a level competitive with the pay offered by neighboring police departments,” the letter said in part.
Jul. 5 A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch appears in the Daily News: “This union has sounded the alarm for seven years that unless the city pays a top salary competitive with other police departments, it will continue to lose veterans and will not be able to attract new officers to replace them,” the letter said in part.
Jul. 2 Pat Lynch’s photo appears in a Daily News editorial criticizing him for his touch stance in contract negotiations with the city.


June

Jun. 29 Pat Lynch’s photo and bio appear in a New York Post article quoting State Senate Democratic sources saying that they are considering him as a candidate for the 11th District (Bayside) seat. Lynch denies the report of conversations about running.
Jun. 26 Pat Lynch’s photo and quotes appear in The Chief’s article about how the passage of the latest disciplinary bill, if signed by the governor, could help police unions block the NYPD’s plan to fire their guns, resulting in injury or death, to Breathalyzer tests: “We have addressed all the concerns Governor Spitzer brought up in his veto message about the earlier bill. It’s now time for the governor to sign this legislation and correct the Court of Appeals decision, which has resulted in police officers being treated differently from all other public-sector employees in the state.”
Jun. 21 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News editorial about the proposed sobriety tests for police officers involved in shooting someone, calling the proposal “unnecessary and excessive.”
Jun. 20 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times and Daily News stories about the possibility of the NYPD requiring sobriety tests for officers who shoot someone: “The PBA will not allow management to cast doubt on every shooting by subjecting a police officer to a test for which there is no cause or justification.”
Jun. 19 Pat Lynch’s photo and positions appear in The Chief, in articles about the PBA’s appeal to reverse an administrative law judge’s decision making extended tours a prohibited subject of collective bargaining.
Jun. 12 Pat Lynch’s photo and quotes appear on page one of The Chief, in an article about his testimony before the City Council on the recruiting crisis” “This is the type of staffing shortage that is seen citywide and, if allowed to persist, will create a danger to city residents and to New York City police officers. The PBA’s regular monthly ad page also appears in The Chief.
Jun. 10 A letter by Pat Lynch appears in the Daily News’s “Voice of the People.”
Jun. 9 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about Mayor Bloomberg saying cops aren’t so special and the city has “lots of people who put their lives at risk.”: “You can never pay police officers enough for the dangers they face. What the city must do is to pay them enough to keep them patrolling our streets and not fleeing for better-paying jobs in the suburbs.”
Jun. 8 NBC video: Lynch argues low top pay is responsible for staffing crisis
Jun. 6 An NY1 video covers Nassau recruitment efforts in New York City.
Jun. 5 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and New York Post articles about his testimony before the City Council on the recruiting crisis. Under the headline, “PBA sees peril in recruiting shortfall,” Lynch is quoted: “The lack of cops is so dire that at times only two or three police cars are out patrolling the sprawling 111th Precinct in Queens. This is the type of staffing shortage that is seen citywide and, if allowed to persist, will create a danger to city residents and to New York City police officers.”
Jun. 4 Fox-5, NBC, NY1, My9 videos: Lynch testifies before the City Council on the NYPD's staffing crisis
Jun. 3 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times “news analysis” article about the “police hiring crisis”: “The problem can be solved today if the mayor recognized the simple fact that only competitive pay will keep the NYPD adequately staffed.”
Jun. 1 NBC and NY1: videos: PBA sues for LOD injury for 9/11 responder


May

May 24 In an NBC video, the PBA is to sue to make 9/11 Sarcoidosis a LOD injury.
May 22 Pat Lynch is quoted in The New York Post, Daily News and New York Times in articles about Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's statement before a City Council budget hearing that the "whole issue of pattern-bargaining has to be re-examined because it's not working very well for the Police Department" and about the attractiveness of the police jobs in Suffolk and Nassau compared with the NYPD's recruitment crisis. Lynch in the News: "Police Commissioner Kelly is absolutely correct about the dismal failure of pattern bargaining and the severe consequences on police operations." Lynch in The Times: "The loss of experienced officers has reached alarming levels. Resignations grew from 635 quitting in 2004 to 902 quitting in 2006, many of whom left to take better paying jobs in other police departments. There is a clearly defined trend showing that as NYPD salaries slipped behind other law enforcement agencies, the number of fully trained and experienced NYPD officers who quit for other jobs grew dramatically." Also in the Daily News, a letter from Joseph John Harmon, Jr., describing how he is about to become homeless. Lynch's photo and quotes are also all over The Chief-Leader in articles about the NYPD's failure to come close to filling the next Academy class and about the imminent ruling in the protest filed with PERB concerning the list of arbitrators. On a Fox 5 video, P.O. Joe Harmon explains how low pay has put his family at risk of an eviction.
May 21 The New York Times quotes Pat Lynch in an article about the fatal shooting of a motorist by P.O. Raphael Lora: "The PBA...cautioned yesterday against jumping to conclusions," The Times reports. "'Law enforcement has a legal obligation to conduct a full and thorough investigation of the facts before coming to any conclusion,' Patrick J. Lynch said." NBC covers the story on the police commissioner's remarks concerning pattern bargaining..
May 20 Video on CNN and Fox News covers the PBA reaction to the off-duty shooting in the Bronx. In an editorial headlined, "The Police Are Overdue," The New York Times makes almost all of the PBA's arguments concerning the need to make New York City police officers' salaries competitive with other jurisdictions. The editorial repeats our arguments about recruitment and retention problems, the stark contrasts not only in starting salaries but also in maximum pay, and many other points the PBA makes, including that "the city must concede that more has been asked of the police than has been given...Much of the city's extraordinary good fortune has come from taxes on real estate and tourism, sectors that remain hot because New York has become attractive as a place to live, work and visit. For that, the city owes something to its police force. In Mr. Bloomberg's previous corporate world, a great performance would merit an increase. New York cops deserve one, at last." The Times also refers to a statement made by Pat Lynch in an article about Diallo cop Ken Boss suing the department to return him to full armed duty: Lynch said in a statement, The Times reports "that any officer not facing criminal or department charges should be armed and returned to full duty."
May 14 On a Channel 9 video, Pat Lynch defends the detectives involved in the Bell shooting.
May 11 PBA ad in Chief-Leader: "Attrition Bargaining: Another City Creation That Violates the Taylor Law?" Lynch’s photos and quotes are all over The Chief-Leader, in articles about the PERB’s imminent decision about the PBA challenge to the list of potential arbitrators, about Lynch’s statement that former Mayor Giuliani “doesn’t deserve to be president [of the United States],” and about the PBA’s legal challenge to the re-opener clause in the Uniformed Firefighters Association contract settlement.
May 7 Pat Lynch’s reelection to a third four-year term as PBA president beginning July 1 is reported in Lisa Colangelo’s Civil Service column in The Daily News. “We will use all the PBA’s power to achieve fair treatment and fair compensation for our members, who risk their lives every day to make New York the safest big city in America,” Lynch is quoted.
May 3 Pat Lynch makes a lengthy appearance on NY 1's Inside City Hall where he talks about unmanned RMPs, the recruiting and retention problem, pending contract and the Presidential race.
May 2 On Channel 12, Pat Lynch at Bronx Supreme Court pledges strong police presence at the trial or trials of the killers of PO Daniel Enchautegui.
May 1 Pat Lynch’s photo accompanies a Daily News editorial about the PBA’s contract dispute with the city. “To get the money (nominal salary increases), the teachers agreed, among other things, to perform additional work and to give up seniority hiring rights. The firefighters surrendered some benefits and holidays for newly hired members. Lynch has refused to take a similarly enlightened approach.” A letter-to-the-editor by Lynch is published in The New York Post in a response to a Post editorial: “The NYPD is shrinking,” Lynch writes. “It can’t hire enough new recruits, and veterans are quitting at the rate of nearly 1,000 a year. Paying a top salary that competes with other local police departments is the only way to solve those problems.” Lynch’s photo and quotes accompany a story in The Chief-Leader about the PBA’s filing of an improper labor practice charge against the tentative firefighters contract settlement because of the illegal re-opener clause, or “me-too” provision: “Parity clauses were outlawed years ago because they interfere with a union’s right to negotiate a fair contract for its own members.”


April

Apr. 30 Pat Lynch’s photo and quotes accompany a Daily News article about the NYPD covering up for its short-staffing problems by parking unmanned patrol cars on major highways to deter speeding: “We don’t have enough people to man the radio cars. Since 9/11, we’re down 4,000 officers and we don’t have the ability to recruit new officers or keep veterans. You cannot train an unmanned radio car to fight terrorism.”
Apr. 28 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about Mayor Bloomberg’s allocation of $1.4 million of the budget to hire 32 more fire marshals: “The president of the PBA said that he had no objection to more fire marshals being hired for public safety but that public safety was diminished because hundreds of police officers leave the department annually. ‘If the problem isn’t addressed, the NYPD will be unable to attract new recruits and veterans will continue to quit at the rate of about 1,000 a year.’”
Apr. 27 Pat Lynch is quoted in The Daily News and The New York Times in articles about Mayor Bloomberg’s announced $4.4-billion budget surplus: “’There is no better time to adjust our police salary to market rate than now,” [he] said, adding that one reason the city was so prosperous now is because of crime reduction.”
Apr. 12 Newsday: Pat Lynch is quoted regarding the affects of negative publicity on the jury pool in the trial of three detectives charged in the shooting of Sean Bell. In the Sun: Pat Lynch supports three detectives charged in shooting of Sean Bell and joins DEA president in blaming the “antics” of race baiters for creating an unfit atmosphere for a fair trial.
Apr. 11 In a Channel 9 video, the PBA and Pat Lynch support the detectives charged in the shooting of Sean Bell and Lynch counters charges of media manipulation.
April 10 The Chief Leader: Pat Lynch’s column/ad addresses issues of parity wars and cites a rash of assaults against police officers that underscores why police should be treated differently at the bargaining table.
April 8 Daily News Editorial: In an editorial about problems building the supervisory ranks of the NYPD the Daily News writes “all parties, including Mayor Bloomberg and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, agree that the city‘s cops need better pay – and not just the rookies…” which represents the first editorial recognition that uncompetitive top pay is the real cause of the NYPD staffing problems.
April 7 Daily News: In a story where the Mayor claims that only a “handful” of police officers have left the NYPD for better paying law enforcement jobs, the PBA responded that over 4,000 “experienced and expensively trained “ cops resigned from the NYPD in the past five years emphasizing “that’s resigned, not retired.”
April 3 The Chief Leader: Pat Lynch is quoted in a story about the court’s dismissal of the city’s suit against PERB saying “The Court confirmed the PBA’s belief that the city’s action- which was a calculated effort to stack the deck against New York City Police Officers’ arbitration case – was ill-conceived and patently frivolous.”


March

Mar. 26 amNewYork: A 40 year-old career criminal is indicted following an attempt to burglarize the home of PBA president Pat Lynch.
Mar. 23 In videos on Channel 4, Channel 7 and Channel 11, Pat Lynch blames increased assaults on Police Officers on inadequate staffing as injured PO Angel Cruz leaves the hospital. In an article in the Daily News about police officer Stuart Ingram whose shield deflected a knife attack and who is leaving for the FDNY Pat Lynch is quoted saying: “It’s a clear demonstration of the problem that the NYPD is facing, where they ‘re spending huge sums of money to recruit, test and train police officers, only to have them quit for more desirable work.”
Mar. 21 The Sun: In a story where the Police Commissioner argues for a higher starting salary for new officers, it is noted that “the PBA has said the real problem in recruiting new officers is top pay.”
Mar. 20

he Chief Leader: A story called “PBA Says Cop Shortage Merits Break in Parity” states “But PBA president Patrick J. Lynch has continually scoffed at making concessions and questioned the legality of pattern bargaining, which he has pointed out is not mentioned in the Taylor Law.”

Mar. 16 A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch appears in the New York Post. “At top pay, a New York City cop earns $59.000, while other local police earn between $68,000 and $94,000. Nearly 1,000 experienced cops a year quit for better paying jobs,” Lynch writes in part. Second installment of a PBA page, a paid ad called “Setting the Record Straight,” appears in The Chief-Leader. Pat Lynch’s photo and quotes also appear in other articles in The Chief, most notably a page-one story under a banner headline reading, “Cops Back PBA...Cops on Street Fault City for Stalled Contract; Despite Firefighter Deal, Back PBA on Arbitration.”
Mar. 6 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Association Press and New York Sun articles about a police officer testifying before the Sean Bell grand jury: “He will go in there and tell his story as a police officer and put some facts to some of the fiction that ran the streets.”
Mar. 5 Videos: PBA supports police officer Michael Carey at grand jury in shooting incident: WCBS, WNBC, WABC, Fox5, UPN9, and WB11
Mar. 4 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the labor impact of the firefighters’ tentative contract settlement, criticizing the “folly of pattern bargaining.” The full-page PBA ad appears in AM NY.
Mar. 3 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times and Daily News articles about the firefighters’ deal: “The FDNY has not experienced the same defection of experienced personnel that the NYPD has, nor have they had any problem recruiting new members.”
Mar. 2 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Associated Press article about the United Firefighters Association’s tentative contract settlement: “A cookie-cutter contract settlement will not resolve the critical problems the NYPD is facing in keeping experienced officers on the job and attracting new ones. In that the city does not have the leadership or political courage to negotiate a police contract that will resolve the staffing crisis at the NYPD, then the PBA is committed to achieving that goal through binding arbitration.”
Mar. 1 Pat Lynch is quoted in The New York Sun, in an article about how the NYPD is the only city agency that doesn’t report in detail to the Office of Management and Budget about how its resources are spent. “The president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch, said the data might show worrying indications of staffing problems at the precincts. ‘We can understand why the NYPD does not want to advertise the fact that local communities’ resources have been depleted to dangerous levels.’”


February

Feb. 28 Full-page PBA ad appears in the New York Post.
Feb. 27 Profile of Pat Lynch in City Hall.
Feb. 21 Full-page PBA ad appears in Newsday.
Feb. 15

Pat Lynch writes an op/ed column in the Daily News pointing out that the only way to keep veteran police officers from fleeing the NYPD for better-paying departments is to hike veteran police salaries: “If we fail to make police pay competitive, the NYPD will continue to shrink in size and experience, and the great strides in crime-fighting achieved over the past decade will be lost.” The PBA runs a full-page ad in the News making the same point.

Feb. 14 Pat Lynch’s photo and letter-to-the-editor appear in the New York Post in response to the paper’s wrong-headed editorial two days earlier: “The low starting salary is not the problem; NYPD officers are woefully underpaid at every level.” Of the other letters published in the same space, three out of four support Lynch’s position. Lynch is quoted in Newsday’s article about the questions surrounding the number of hours P.O. Cesar Borja worked at Ground Zero before dying of a lung ailment: “Police union President Patrick Lynch pointed out that even with just 17 days downtown, Borja still would have qualified under the 40-hour minimum required under the state 9/11 disability law,” Newsday writes.
Feb. 12 The Daily News reports that 7% of the current class dropped out, over twice the rate of classes before the pay cut.
Feb. 11 In 1987, according to the Daily News, a rookie cop earned the equivalent of $48,000.
Feb. 9 In a paid full-page advertisement in the Chief-Leader, Pat Lynch writes: "This newspaper’s pro-management stance has become so bad that we decided to publish our own regular column dedicated to doing what the above headline says, “setting the record straight.” In the same issue, in a story about the City's suit against PERB, Pat Lynch is quoted as saying "This suit is a desperate attempt by the city to stack the deck against its police offices by trying to name a biased arbitrator. The Taylor Law decrees that a neutral arbitrator will decide the terms of this contract, and police officers will not stand for this blatant attempt to tamper with the process."
Feb. 8 Pat Lynch writes a column in El Diario-La Prensa, the Spanish-language daily newspaper, about the NYPD recruitment and retention crisis.
Feb. 7 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the rookie police officers who collared the perp who attacked another rookie cop with a baseball bat: “The physical and mental courage these officers showed ins typical of all New York City police officers. Now it’s time for the city to show the political courage to pay its police officers competitively.”
Feb. 3 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about the city suing PERB in an effort to get the state agency to name the city's choice of "neutral arbitrator": "This suit is a desperate attempt by the city to stack the deck against its police officers by trying to name a biased arbitrator. Clearly the city is afraid to give these officers a fair hearing before an impartial arbitrator."
Feb. 2 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes are included in an article in The Chief-Leader about the PBA's press conference about the rising rate of NYPD resignations and in the newspaper's coverage of the continuing dispute between the PBA and the city over the arbitrator's list that contains two biased arbitrators.


January

Jan. 26 In an ABC video, former NYPD cop Cesar Morales says he quit for better pay.
Jan. 25 Coverage of the pay issue continues in the Daily News, New York Post, and Staten Island Advance.
Jan. 24 In continuing coverage of the PBA's explanation of the need to increase officers' top pay, Pat Lynch is quoted in NY1 and Channel 9 videos, and is interviewed on NY1's "Inside City Hall."
Jan. 23 In a Chief-Leader article about the State Appellate Division’s reversal of a lower court decision ordering the city to release personnel records of officers seeking to transfer to the Port Authority Police Department, a PBA spokesman is quoted saying the union “strongly disagrees with the decision...It was a policy that was clearly initiated to stop the hemorrhaging of police officers from the NYPD for better-paying jobs.”
Jan. 22 In an NY1 video, PBA Recording Secretary Robert Zink joins elected officials in call for 9-11 health treatment funding.
Jan. 20 Daily News: "Don't hit me over cop pay".
Read Pat Lynch's letter to the editor.
Jan. 18 Lynch says use budget surplus for police pay increase on ABC.
Jan. 16 Lynch and 111 Pct collar burglary suspect on NY1, Ch.4 and Ch.5.
Jan. 15 In a Daily News article, Pat Lynch said: "There are two ways to keep adequate staffing in the NYPD: hire more police or keep the ones you have. The recruiting and retention problem at the NYPD has reached critical mass and the solution is simple: pay New York City police officers a salary that can compete with the higher wages that other police departments are paying."
Jan. 11 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post’s article about the 1,103 NYPD recruits sworn in yesterday: “The NYPD will be able to recruit as many candidates as it needs when top pay for its police officers competitive with other law enforcement agencies in the metropolitan area.”
Jan. 10 Pat Lynch is quoted in a story in the New York Sun about the removal of the overtime cap and resulting 22% surge in arrests: The policy change is “a direct result of the NYPD’s recruitment and retention crisis, which exists because the city refuses to pay officers a competitive salary.”
Jan. 9 Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article that suggests that wage-poor New York City cops “should move to Los Angeles, where they’ll get beaches, bikinis – and $52,638...” Later in the article, the News reports that Lynch “countered that the city has had a recruiting crisis ever since it lost pace with suburban salaries. The drop in rookie pay just allowed the city to finally own up to the crunch, he said. ‘The problem all along has been other departments paying much more,’ Lynch said.” Lynch’s photo and quotes accompany an article in The Chief-Leader about the PBA’s objection to the proposed PERB arbitrators list: “Discussion regarding the appointment of an arbitrator is premature while the PBA responds to motion challenging both the lack of PERB board participation in the formulation of the arbitrators list and the inclusion of ceretain names in violation of the PERB selection criteria.” The Chief also quotes Lynch in its story about the RAND Corporation’s review of NYPD gun training: “While we believe New York City police officers are among the most restrained in the world in the use of deadly physical force, we always welcome additional or improved training. We would encourage a similar review of both precinct staffing levels, which have fallen dangerously low, and police pay levels, which has caused a serious recruiting and retention problem.”
Jan. 8 Pat Lynch is quoted on Fox News (video) , and in article in the Daily News about the NYPD's recruitment crisis, including the high dropout and failure rate in the July academy class: "It shows that they have been putting anyone they can get into the academy. So many other departments in the metro area pay their police substantially more. They are getting the best candidates." The News also runs an editorial criticizing Lynch for refusing to accept the city's offer in the current round of negotiations that would give rookies a modest raise for 20 extra days of work.
Jan. 7 The Staten Island Advance quotes Lynch in an article about the contract talks and the NYPD's recruitment problems: "The problem is top pay. They don't see the light at the end of the tunnel or at the beginning of the tunnel."
Jan. 5 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in The Chief-Leader in which Police Commissioner Ray Kelly calls starting pay the primary reason the NYPD can't recruit: "The union has...argued that the maximum salary for cops needs to be increased beyond the citywide wage pattern ...to help recruit and retain new officers. 'The source of the NYPD's recruiting and retention problem is no mystery: The pay is too low when you join and it's too low when you reach top pay,' Mr. Lynch has said."
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