PBA in the News
Since being elected president of the PBA, Pat Lynch has done thousands of interviews in an effort to promote issues of importance to every police officer in New York City.
Listed below you will find a partial chronological listing of stories in which Pat Lynch speaks on your behalf or where the PBA is an important part of the story. In many cases, you can actually see or hear a television or radio story simply by clicking on the station designation.
More print and video news stories from previous years can be found listed by year: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002. See also full indexes of articles, video and audio listed by individual news organization. Stories from 2001 and earlier can only be found under individual news organizations. See also collected Op-Eds and Letters by Pat Lynch.
|Aug. 30, 2016||The Chief Leader reports that PERB arbitrator Howard Edelman intends to sue for a portion of the payment that the PBA has withheld pending a response to the union’s questions regarding, what the PBA calls, Edelman’s “unethical behavior” during the arbitration. The Chief also editorializes on the issue.|
|Aug. 26, 2016||DNAinfo, Fox 5 News, and the Washington Times objectively report that the PBA has named Sheriff David Clarke as their “Person of the Year” while the Daily News reports the choice as controversial and calls it the “PBA’s Man of the Fear” in an editorial. Read Pat Lynch’s entire statement regarding the honor.|
|Aug. 24, 2016||Pat Lynch speaks with a WNYC reporter (WNYC #1) about the passing of John Timoney following Timoney’s funeral. PBA Funds Administrator and former NYPD Sergeant, Dave Nicholson, credits Timoney’s mentoring that helped Nicholson become the city’s youngest Sergeant on WNYC (WNYC #2).|
|Aug. 23, 2016||Speaking at the wake for former NYPD First Deputy Commissioner John Timoney, Pat Lynch told the Daily News that Timoney "started on the beat and went to the top. He stood up for cops and he stood behind cops. It's a terrible loss."|
|Aug. 19, 2016||
Following Pat Lynch's op-ed on the Mayor's belief in "competitive wages" for everybody but police officers, the Daily News published a response on its website from Labor Relations Commissioner Bob Linn that is full of misrepresentations and distortions about police officers' pay. To correct the record, Lynch replied with a letter contrasting Linn's words today with his previous claim that "New York City police salaries are a laughingstock."
|Aug. 18, 2016||In its obituary of former NYPD First Deputy Commissioner John Timoney, the Daily News quotes Pat Lynch's remembrance of Timoney as a "true friend and defender" of police officers everywhere.
NY1 News's cameras caught the PBA billboard truck stationed in front of the Park Slope YMCA during the Mayor's morning workout routine and the story was featured during the viewer selected segment of The Call.
|Aug. 16, 2016||In an online op-ed for the Daily News, Pat Lynch points out that the Mayor's double-talk on "competitive wages" is just the latest in a series of actions showing that his support for working women and men does not extend to those who protect this city.
The Chief Leader reports on the Pat Lynch's call for "competitive wages" for police officers after the Mayor used that same standard to justify giving $2 million in raises to his own staff.
In a discussion of the Boston police union's efforts to obtain long guns for its members on patrol, Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen notes the NYC PBA's long-running effort to obtain the same equipment for its members. Cullen praises the NYPD approach of only issuing long guns to specialized tactical units, but fails to note that the overwhelming majority of active shooter-style attacks are over in five minutes or less, often before specialized units can arrive on the scene.
|Aug. 13, 2016||The Daily News, CBS 2 TV news and WOR radio report Pat Lynch's response to the Mayor's plan to give $2 million in raises to City Hall staffers. Lynch said that if the Mayor really believes that "competitive wages" are needed to retain the best employees, he should work on closing the police pay gap.|
|Aug. 12, 2016||Fox 5 News and DNAinfo update their stories on the dispute over changes to Paid Detail agreement with the Department's statement that the current contracts have been extended through at least September 30. Both outlets once again noted Pat Lynch's statement that police officers are forced to rely on Paid Detail work because their regular salaries are below market rate.
In a Daily News story about a new law requiring breastfeeding accommodations in certain City facilities, a City Council member grudgingly praises the PBA's efforts to force the NYPD to comply with state labor laws regarding accommodations for police officers who must pump breast milk while on duty. See the original PIX 11 News report on the PBA's efforts.
|Aug. 10, 2016||CBS 2 news reports on the potential impact of legal changes to the Paid Detail unit agreement. Pat Lynch is quoted saying that if police officers were paid the market rate of pay that state law establishes, then they wouldn’t need to work extra hours to support their families. Read Lynch’s entire statement.|
|Aug. 9, 2016||The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s “member activation” rallies outside of Gracie Mansion and the Park Slope YMCA where the Mayor exercises. The Chief also reports on Bratton’s departure announcement and the appointment of Jim O’Neill as PC.|
|Aug. 8, 2016||Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about Bradley Tusk’s effort to defeat de Blasio in the next election.
An Associated Press story in which Lynch notes that patrol officers need long rifles along with the ballistic vests and helmets in order to eliminate the threat of an active shooter was published in DTNPF.com.
ABC 7’s anchor, Bill Ritter, questions Commissioner Bratton about his relationship with the unions. Ritter mistakenly states (a mistake for which he has apologized to Lynch) that the statement released by the PBA and the SBA on Bratton’s announcement were identical in a negative way. Bratton disagrees and praises Lynch while calling Mullens “bipolar.” The same aspect of the story was reported by WNYC radio but without the erroneous comment.
|Aug. 6, 2016||In an interview with Associated Press radio, PBA president Pat Lynch says that ballistic vests and helmets are simply not enough for patrol officers who have to engage and active shooter. Lynch said that patrol officers need immediate access to long rifles if they are going to have a chance at eliminating the threat. The story, which will be disseminated nationally was reported by WTOP radio, in Washington DC.|
|Aug. 4, 2016||WINS radio reports the PBA’s reaction to the announcement of Commissioner Bratton’s retirement and O’Neill’s appointment.
The second day of the union’s trailing the Mayor to his workout was reported by: NBC TV News (reports at noon and 5 pm); CBS 880 radio; WOR radio; ABC radio; Fox 5 TV; WNYC radio; CBS TV 2 News; WOLB radio in Baltimore.
|Aug. 3, 2016||More than 100 PBA members once again met the Mayor for his morning workout at the Park Slope YMCA to remind him that he should be working out a fair contract for police officers instead. Watch PBA-recorded video of the event and see photos on Facebook.
Pat Lynch did a live interview with WOR radio's Len Berman and Todd Schnitt during the PBA's demonstration at the Park Slope YMCA to discuss Mayor de Blasio's failure to support police officers by negotiating with them in good faith, as well as his refusal to equip them to adequately protect the public from the latest terrorist threats.
|Aug. 2, 2016||The PBA's fight for a fair contract drew extensive media coverage as more than 100 PBA members turned out for pop-up demonstrations that greeted the Mayor at Gracie Mansion and other stops on his morning routine in Park Slope. Stories appeared in the New York Times, the Daily News, the Post, Politico and DNAinfo and on Fox 5 News, New York 1 News, WPIX 11 news, WCBS radio, WINS radio, ABC radio and WOR radio.
The Chief Leader reports that the department will equip all RMPs with two sets of ballistic vests and helmets. PBA president Pat Lynch noted that while that will give some protection to police officers who will be the first responders to an active shooter but that doesn’t arm them with the rifles they need to eliminate the threat and save lives.
The Wall Street Journal previews the PBA's plans to once again ratchet up its push for a fair contract by protesting in front of Gracie Mansion and Mayor de Blasio's gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Pat Lynch said that PBA members know the Mayor is not at City Hall, so "we have to go where he is so he'll hear our frustrations."
|July 27, 2016||Pat Lynch speaks with CBS 2 TV news’ reporter Dick Brennan regarding the impact that anti-police rhetoric and laws have on the enforcement of quality of life crimes. See the entire, unedited PBA-recorded video of the interview.
Several out of town media reports on the purchase of ballistic vests and helmets for patrol officers and the PBA’s call for appropriate weaponry for response to active shooter/terrorist attacks. Reports aired on: WTOP radio in Washington DC; WRGB TV in Albany and CBS 2 TV News in NYC.
Following an attack in Germany, Pat Lynch explains to Dick Brennan in a PBA-recorded video why NYPD patrol officers are inadequately equipped and trained for such an attack.
|July 26, 2016||Pat Lynch said that the NYPD’s purchase of ballistic vests will provide “immediate protection” for patrol officers but notes that without long rifles, officers will not be able to counter the immediate threat of an active shooter. Lynch said it’s a typical half measure by this administration. Stories ran in: the Wall Street Journal; Newsday; Daily News; Post, and the Staten Island Advance. Also on ABC 7 TV news; Fox 5 TV news; New York 1 TV news; WINS radio.
PIX 11 TV news reports on the PBA’s effort to force the NYPD to comply with state labor laws regarding time allotted for women to pump breast milk for their new born babies.
|July 25, 2016||The Post reports on Pat Lynch’s letter to the City demanding that the city, which has a billion dollar surplus, make the two missed payments to the officer’s annuity fund. The paper erroneously called it a “pension” fund.|
|July 22, 2016|| Pat Lynch’s letter to the Daily News was printed in response to a column by retired NYPD Tactical Training officer, Daniel Modell, who said that because of specialized units, all an officer needs to respond to an active shooter is a 9-MM and a cop’s “heart.” Lynch noted that statistics and facts clearly demonstrate the error of that statement and talks about why.
US News and World Report addresses the issue of police utilizing surplus military equipment and quotes Pat Lynch on the need to equip all patrol officers with ballistic vests, helmets and appropriate firearms.
|July 21, 2016||Concerned for the safety of NYC PBA members and the public that they are sworn to protect, PBA president Pat Lynch calls for ballistic vests and helmets and long rifles for every patrol officer in an op-ed piece published by the Daily News. The piece was the early edition’s front page with later covers reporting RNC news.
Following an illegal trespass protest by two youth groups at the building that houses PBA Headquarters, Pat Lynch told the media that their actions are uniformed and misdirected at the police who protect their rights to protest (read Lynch’s full comments.) Stories ran in the Daily News, the Gothamist ABC 7 News; CBS 2 News; WOR radio; News radio 880 and WINS.
In a story about the impact of the Dallas and Baton Rouge attacks on police department budgets for equipment and staffing, CBS News MoneyWatch notes Pat Lynch's call for PBA members on patrol to be equipped with ballistic helmets, body armor and long guns to protect themselves and the public from such threats.
|July 19, 2016||In The Chief, Pat Lynch excoriates Mayor de Blasio in for comments made during a radio interview where de Blasio fails to challenge a caller about her perception of police being racist.
In an interview with ABC 7 News about the NYPD's officer safety measures following the Dallas and Baton Rouge attacks, Pat Lynch once again called for police officers on routine patrol to be equipped with long guns, ballistic vest and helmets. He cited FBI statistics showing that the vast majority of active shooter-style attacks are over before the NYPD's specialized units would be able to respond.
|July 16, 2016||The Daily News and WINS radio reports on the Mayor's remarks during a call-in segment on WNYC, in which he dismissed a police officer's concerns about the threat of lawsuits discouraging proactive policing, and failed to correct a caller who said that police officers are "racist in their hearts." Pat Lynch said that the Mayor's refusal to defend cops is "creating a destructive climate in New York City that will have an enormous impact on public safety.”|
|July 15, 2016||A story in City Limits notes the PBA's objection to an unnecessary City Council bill that duplicates the existing Constitutional right to film police officers. Pat Lynch noted that it would be helpful if the Council instead established a safe minimun distance between onlookers and officers taking police action.|
|July 14, 2016||In a story in Gotham Gazette about the impasse in contract negotiations, Pat Lynch pushes back on the Mayor's claim that the PBA is "denigrating" its members' work by noting that the PBA has always said that New York City police officers have earned fair raises for the historic crime decline they've achieved over the past 20 years, adding "Now, with 6,000 fewer officers — who are under heightened scrutiny and have increased responsibilities — we have still been able to keep a lid on crime in New York City."|
|July 12, 2016||The Chief Leader quotes Pat Lynch in its report on the assassination of five police officers in Dallas and also reports on Lynch’s comments to CBS 2 News about the confusion caused by new quality of life regulations.|
|July 9, 2016||Following the horrific murder of five police officers in Dallas, Pat Lynch told the media that there are forces at work who inflame police incidents for their own purposes that have nothing to do with justice (read his entire statement). He was quoted in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal and on WCBS radio and WINS radio.
At 0200 hours, PBA board officers joined members of the 71 Pct. at the intersection of Lefferts Ave. and Rodgers Ave. to mark the ninth anniversary of the murder of PO Russel Timoshenko, while their fellow POs stood guard on nearby rooftops. PO Timoshenko was fatally shot at the same time and location in 2007 while conducting a car stop of what turned out to be a stolen vehicle. Photos on Facebook.
|July 6, 2016||The NY Post ran an edited version of Pat Lynch’s letter regarding their erroneous editorial on equalizing disability pensions. Read the entire letter here.|
|July 5, 2016||The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s request for PERB to declare an impasse in contract negotiations with the city and editorializes on the same topic. The Chief also reports on the PBA’s objection to the appointment of a new CCRB chairperson and the recent court decision regarding the profiling law.|
|July 3, 2016||Pat Lynch appears on AM 970 The Answer's "Cat's Roundtable" to discuss the plight of underpaid NYC police officers many of whom also have inadequate disability coverage and who, despite these facts, risk their lives to protect this City everyday.|
|July 2, 2016||CBS 2's Marcia Kramer reports on the confusion created by new quality of life enforcement regulations noting Pat Lynch's recent comments that they handcuff police officers. PC Bratton responds to Lynch's comments saying, in effect, he knows better, while Lynch quotes the recent survey (read Lynch's statement) and states that Bratton is providing cover for the Mayor's anti-police policies. The New York Post editorializes in opposition to equal disability benefits for all police officers claiming that Lynch is playing de Blasio against Cuomo for a better deal. Pat Lynch responded with a letter to the editor to correct the record on the PBA's efforts to fix this unjust situation.|
|July 1, 2016||Pat Lynch’s objections to the appointment of Maya Wiley as new CCRB chairperson is noted in a lengthy CBS 2 news story by Marcia Kramer regarding the many staffers who are abandoning the de Blasio administration. The Post and the City Journal point out the folly of appointing an obviously biased individual as the head of the CCRB. Bob McManus writes in the City Journal: “Neither Emory nor Wiley is fit for the watchdog job in this respect: Consider what the reaction would have been if Rudy Giuliani had put a Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association lawyer in the gig.”|
|June 30, 2016||
PBA president Pat Lynch slammed the appointment of the Mayor’s lawyer, Maya Wiley, saying: "By appointing a top aide to lead the CCRB, Mayor de Blasio has effectively removed all impartiality from the critical cases involving police officers that come before this so-called ‘independent agency.’” Reports appeared in the Daily News; Newsday; CBS; Post; Wall Street Journal and New York 1 News.
WOR radio news reported the PBA’s declaration of impasse and call to start non-binding mediation in order to obtain a fair contract for police officers.
|June 29, 2016||The Daily News; AM New York; Staten Island Advance; Politico NY and WINS report on the PBA’s request to PERB to declare an impasse in contract negotiations. In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with CBS 2 News’ Marcia Kramer, PBA president Pat Lynch discusses the declaration of impasse, the lack of support from Mayor de Blasio; plans to unseat the Mayor in the next election and more. See Ms. Kramer’s story here and watch an unedited, PBA recorded version of the entire interview.|
|June 28, 2016||
This week’s Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s success in obtaining a temporary restraining order against the city’s implementation of a change in health benefits that includes significant increases to co-pays. The court prevented the city for implementing the changes for police officers. The PBA filed suit saying that the PBA holds the exclusive right to bargain on behalf of police officers not the Municipal Labor Committee who agreed to the changes. The Chief also includes a story about the PBA’s print ad and mobile sign truck following deBlasio to Indiana to the Conference of Mayors and slamming him for his failure to deal with problems at home.
|June 27, 2016||The Daily News reports that the PBA has accused the Mayor of “playing politics” with the lives and well being of some NYC police officers in a letter seeking Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support of equalizing disability pensions.|
|June 25, 2016||The Daily News reports on the failure to pass "Brianna's Law" which mandates CPR refresher course for NYC police officers every two years. The story notes that Pat Lynch is always supportive of additional training but that the PC calls it unnecessary.|
|June 24, 2016||
Politico NY and WINS radio report on the PBA taking out a full-page ad in an Indianapolis newspaper that criticizes Mayor de Blasio during his appearance at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. See the ad. The PBA has also arranged for a billboard truck with the same image to circle the conference venue.
The Daily News and the Post report on a state appellate court's decision to uphold the City Council's "bias-based profiling" law, which PBA President Pat Lynch said will create "a confusing patchwork of regulations" that will make police officers' jobs more difficult and more dangerous.
|June 21, 2016||The Chief Leader reports on the 19-year-to-life sentence given to the killer of PO Dennis Guerra; ran a photo and a caption from the PBA’s Finest of the Finest Awards ceremony. The Chief also reports on the political intrigue surrounding the fight to equalize disability benefits, highlighting the favored treatment that the City has show other unions who have accepted “the pattern” in contract negotiations.|
|June 17, 2016||The Daily News reports on the PBA's Finest of the Finest Awards ceremony.
DNA Info reports on the dedication of Washington Place and Sixth Avenue for deceased Lt. Charles Cochrane, one of the NYPD's first openly gay officers. The reports noted that Pat Burns, a PBA vice president, spoke out against a 1981 gay rights bill and the current president Pat Lynch attended the dedication.
|June 15, 2016||Cop-killer Marcell Dockery, who started the arson fire that killed PO Dennis Guerra and permanently injured PO Rosa Rodriguez, was sentenced to 19 years to life for the crime. The Guerra family joined PO Rodriguez, PBA president Pat Lynch and a host of police officers in court. Stories were reported on: PIX 11 News; WLNY News; NBC 4 News; CBS 2 News; ABC 7 News; WINS; New York 1 News; WOR news; CBS 880 News and in the Daily News; NY Times; Wall Street Journal. The Associated Press report was published in dozens of local papers all around the country.|
|June 10, 2016||The Wall Street Journal, WINS, WOR and Fox5 News report on the PBA's intention to support an opponent to Mayor de Blasio's reelection. Pat Lynch said the next election will be a referendum on public safety and that the PBA wants a Mayor who runs the city and is not always campaigning.|
|June 7, 2016||The Daily News reports on the purchase of disability benefits by the Firefighters, Sanit workers and Corrections officers’ unions. Pat Lynch’s comment (read the entire comment here) states that police officers should not have to pay anything for such a disability benefit.
The Chief Leader, which went to press before the deal with the firefighters deal was done notes the PBA’s objections to paying for the benefit and editorializes on the issue in its Razzle Dazzle column.
|June 4, 2016||Pat Lynch went on Teamsters Local 237 President Greg Floyd's radio show on AM970 to discuss crime and public safety in NYCHA developments, including City Hall's effort to pass off the blame for failed policies onto police officers and NYCHA employees. See video of the discussion.
Pat Lynch slams the National Academy of Arbitrators in the Daily News for their "...lack of interest in protecting the honor and integrity of their profession" and for protecting "...a skewed system that favors employers who can dole out lucrative future arbitration work."
|June 3, 2016||The Staten Island Advance reports on the PBA’s second TV ad and its efforts to win a fair contract in an article called: Higher Pay for cops? PBA ads slam city on NYPD salaries.|
|June 2, 2016||The Daily News and WPIX TV News report on the department’s new “Use of Force” guidelines. PBA president Lynch told the News that the PBA has many issues with the new procedures and that they will make it more dangerous for both police and the public.
The Daily News also reports on a joint letter sent by PBA president Lynch and Teamsters Local 237 president Greg Floyd calling on the city to hire more police officers to patrol housing projects noting that crime is up dramatically and that there are only 1,900 officers assigned now compared to the 2,800 before the merger in 1995.
|June 1, 2016||The Daily News; Newsday; AM New York; WINS radio; NBC 4 News; and News 12 the Bronx report on the release of a second TV ad which addresses the economic struggle of police families and calls on the Mayor to support fair pay for NYC’s police officers.|
|May 31, 2016||The PBA released a second TV advertisement featuring the families of PBA members as part of our ongoing campaign to highlight the financial impact of New York City police officers' below-market salaries. The campaign will continue to run for the next two weeks, and will begin airing during Yankees and Mets broadcasts on YES and SNY, in addition to continuing to air on ABC 7, CBS 2, PIX 11, NBC 4, Fox 5, WLNY 10/55, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and CNBC.
The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on the PBA’s Member Activation event at City Hall where officers distributed flyers to City Council members and the public to support disability pension equalization.
The Chief also reports on a lawsuit against the city where the officer’s actions were found appropriate. This is one of the many cases that would have been settled by the city prior to the PBA’s call for the city to fight all frivolous civil suits.
|May 26, 2016||The Daily News and City and State report on the PBA’s continuing efforts to equalize disability pensions for all police officers following a “member activation event” outside of City Hall where flyers calling for the City Council to support the equalization were handed out.|
|May 24, 2015||The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s recent 30-second television commercial featuring the family of a police officer and the difficulty they have facing the monthly bills. The story also reports the union’s willingness to enter into a long-term contract “…as long as it is at a market rate of pay.”|
|May 19, 2016||The Staten Island Advance published an op-ed column by Pat Lynch that says the support that police officers need from the Mayor is in actions…not just words.|
|May 17, 2016||The Daily News, Post and Wall Street Journal report on the PBA’s new TV ad that shares the fight of a typical PBA family who struggles to make ends meet.
The Chief Leader reports on Pat Lynch’s call to eliminate 27 arbitrators from the list of “neutrals” because of their interest in punishing the PBA for speaking out about Howard Edelman’s unethical behavior.
|May 16, 2016||The PBA launched a major television advertising campaign criticizing Mayor de Blasio and his administration for refusing to support fair pay for New York City police officers. The campaign, which will air over the next four weeks on numerous broadcast and cable news channels in the NYC area, will feature the families of PBA members and will highlight the financial impact of New York City police officers' below-market salary. The first installment in this campaign will air on ABC 7, CBS 2, PIX 11, NBC 4, Fox 5, WLNY 10/55, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and CNBC. The campaign was reported on NBC TV news and WOR radio.|
|May 13, 2016||Pat Lynch joined dozens of police officers to support the family of fallen P.O. Anthony Dwyer as they delivered a victim impact statement at the parole hearing of Edward Matos. Matos, who pushed P.O. Dwyer off the roof of a Times Square building in 1989, is up for parole for the second time. See Facebook photos, PBA-recorded video and WINS radio report of statements by Pat Lynch and P.O. Dwyer's mother, Marge Dwyer.
Pat Lynch appeared on Fox News’s O’Reilly Factor on Thursday evening to talk about the impact of cell phone videos on law enforcement and police morale. In a story in the NY Post, Lynch calls the reassignment of the officer who said that de Blasio wants us to issue traffic summonses an “unjustified punitive transfer.”
In a wide-ranging interview with Joe Piscopo on AM 970, Pat Lynch said the Mayor "just doesn't get it" when it comes to supporting police officers, noting that "saying nice things about" them is no substitute for them paying them like a professional and providing adequate disability benefits.
|May 10, 2016||Pat Lynch is quoted in the Chief Leader’s news story about the conviction of Marcell Dockery in the arson death of PO Dennis Guerra and the serious injury of PO Rosa Rodriguez.|
|May 6, 2016||Following the conviction of cop-killer Marcell Dockery in Brooklyn Criminal Court, PBA president Pat Lynch calls the verdict “just” but notes that the verdict will not lessen the pain of loss suffered by the Guerra family. Stories were reported by: NY Daily News; NY Post; NY Times; Newsday; Wall Street Journal, and on New York 1 News; NBC 4 News; ABC 7 News; News 12 The Bronx; 770 AM News; WOR news; CBS 2 News.|
|May 5, 2016||PBA president Patrick J. Lynch joined by the parents, wife and partner of PO Dennis Guerra who was killed in an arson fire, speaks to reporters following the conviction of Marcell Dockery of murder 1, assault 1 and arson 3. Lynch gives a statement and then speaks on behalf of the Guerra family who chose not to answer questions. This audio file was recorded by the PBA.|
|Apr. 28, 2016||PBA president Pat Lynch was a guest on New York 1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Lewis and spoke about the findings of the PBA’s recent members survey, the status of contract negotiations and the need to equalize pension benefits for all of our members.|
|Apr. 26, 2016||Severely injured PO Rosa Rodriguez testified at the trial of a 16-year-old whose arson fire took the life of PO Dennis Guerra in Coney Island. PBA president Pat Lynch spoke to the media about the difficult day of testimony for the officer’s families and colleagues. Reports ran on: CBS radio #1; CBS radio #2: New York 1 news; WOR radio; CBS 2 TV news; NBC 4 TV news; ABC 7 TV news and were published in the NY Daily News and NY Post.|
|Apr. 21, 2016||The PBA’s pay inequality message (mounted on a truck) is reported in a New York 1 story about Mayor de Blasio’s first town hall meeting in Staten Island.|
|Apr. 20, 2016||Jose Bernazard was convicted of beating a woman on Father’s Day 2014 and attempted murder of a police officer, Joseph Koch, when shots were fired as the officer struggled to subdue the attacker. DNAinfo reports on the conviction and PBA president Pat Lynch called the officer’s actions “selfless and heroic.”|
|Apr. 19, 2016||The Chief Leader reports, with comments from Pat Lynch, on CCRB chairman Richard Emery’s resignation with an editorial about it; the officer who blamed de Blasio for issuing traffic tickets also with an editorial about it and a story about court appeal regarding a ruling that a cop-killer couldn’t be executed because of lack of metal capacity.|
|Apr. 16, 2016||A video-taped melee requiring a police response resulted in a video of an arrest with claims of excessive force, reported by New York 1 TV news. PBA president Pat Lynch said a snippet of video never tells the full story and everyone must wait for all the facts before passing judgment.|
|Apr. 15, 2016||About 100 NYC police officers fanned out in the five boroughs to distribute information seeking the public’s support for fair pay and disability benefits. The team at Times Square Subway station include PBA president Pat Lynch who spoke to reporters about the need for City Hall to have an honest negotiation with the union. Reporters took the opportunity to ask Lynch about several breaking stories including the resignation of CCRB chair Richard Emery and the postponed sentencing of former PO Peter Liang. There are multiple radio stories on the topics using different comments from Lynch. Stories were reported by: Daily News; NBC 4 TV news; 880 AM # 1; 880 AM #2; WINS radio #1; WINS radio # 2; WINS radio #3.|
|Apr. 14, 2016||Pat Lynch spoke to 1010 WINS Glenn Schuck this morning while handing out leaflets in Times Square calling for fair pay and benefits for New York City police officers. Lynch said that City Hall's claim that its "door is open" to the PBA rings hollow, because negotiating with the Mayor means "as long as you go in and agree with whatever he wants. That's not negotiating. We want to go in, negotiate and fix the problem, and fix the income inequality in the NYPD." Lynch also discussed the resignation of CCRB Chairman Richard Emery and the Peter Liang trial. See the full PBA-recorded video here.
Following Pat Lynch’s second call for the resignation or termination of Richard Emery as CCRB chair, Emery finally saw the writing on the wall and pulled the plug. Lynch is quoted saying that next CCRB chairperson has to be a reasonable, fair-minded person who has a respect for the difficult work that police officers do. Stories appeared in: NY Daily News with an editorial; NY Post with an editorial; DNAinfo; Newsday; Wall Street Journal; and on Fox 5 TV news; CBS 2 TV news; NBC 4 TV news.
|Apr. 13, 2013||Pat Lynch calls the suspension of a police officer who blamed increased traffic tickets on de Blasio “a colossal politically motivated overreaction…” Stories were reported in the Daily News; the Post which also ran an editorial and Newsday, and reported on WPIX 11 TV news, WOR radio, WINS radio and CBS radio.
The Chief Leader reports on the death of cop-killer Anthony Laborde about which Pat Lynch said that the city and the world is better off without him and his bloodthirsty pals.
|Apr. 12, 2016||The Daily News, Politico New York and the Staten Island Advance report on a mailer to progressive households noting that as the NYPD became more diverse, the comparable level of police pay has declined from being the highest paid to the lowest.|
|Apr. 7, 2016||WINS radio reports on the PBA's radio campaign targeting Mayor de Blasio for action. They uses a sound bite from the "Fire Emery" commercial and reported on the income inequality commercial that started airing on Thursday, April 7.
Pat Lynch went on the John Gambling Show on AM 970 to discuss the new PBA radio ad calling on Mayor de Blasio to prove his support for working men and women by paying police officers a fair market wage. Lynch said that although 60% of PBA members live in NYC, "they can't afford to rear their family here, because we're the lowest paid big city police officers in the country. [The mayor] can fix that."
|Apr. 5, 2016||The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on the continuing saga of the arrest of a postal worker. In his opinion column, the Chief’s editor clearly misses Pat Lynch’s point about withholding judgment until all the facts are in and reaches his own, uninformed conclusion about the incident.
In the Daily News, Pat Lynch says that “no righteous person should shed a tear…” for cop-killer Anthony Laborde who died in prison over the weekend. Lynch said that sympathies should be reserved for the families of murdered PO John Scarangella and his partner PO Richard Rainey who was struck by 14 of the assassin’s bullets but survived to live a life of constant pain. Richard Rainey died last year.
|Apr. 4, 2016||Pat Lynch appeared on AM 970’s program “The Cat’s Roundtable” where he spoke about the lack of support for NYC police officers, the low morale among the force and the anti-police atmosphere that has emboldened criminals. He said that morale can be improved by paying NYC police officers as the professionals that they are and to equalize the disability benefit changed in 2009. The Post picked up and published a story about the anti-police atmosphere based on Lynch’s comments on the program.|
|Apr. 1, 2016||The Daily News quotes Pat Lynch in a story about 27 arbitrators who do not want to participate in any future PBA arbitration because of the “reprehensible” treatment the PBA gave Howard Edelman. Lynch notes that the union has every right to publicly object to his unethical behavior.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Lynch’s call to avoid a rush to judgment in the arrest of a postal employee which resulted in the modification of the Lieutenant overseeing the team.
|Mar. 31, 2016||PBA president Pat Lynch cautions against a “rush to judgment” (see press release here) in the case of an arrested postal worker noting that no public comment should be made by anyone, including the Police Commissioner, until all of the facts are known. His comments were published in the Daily News and in DNAinfo, and on New York 1.|
|Mar. 29, 2016||New Jersey’s WMBC TV news reports on security in NYC’s homeless shelters and uses footage of Pat Lynch from the PBA’s news conference announcing survey results to highlight the PBA’s position on police responding to shelters.
The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on the Brooklyn DA’s recommendation that Peter Liang not serve jail time and they quote Pat Lynch noting that the reasons the DA cites are the reasons Liang should not have been indicted in the first place. They also report that 27 arbitrators have told the City that they do not wish to be considered for any PBA arbitration calling the PBA’s reaction to the Edelman decision “reprehensible.” Lynch responds that the union has filed a complaint against Edelman’s for unethical behavior noting that he accepted work from the City during the arbitration without informing the union and that he disregarded the rules of evidence and law in his decision. In another story, the Chief Leader reports on the Federal Monitor’s decision to require an officer to write a narrative to justify any stop.
|Mar. 25, 2016||The NY Post printed Pat Lynch's op-ed piece about low morale in the department and what can be done to improve it.
Politico New York highlights a PBA mailer sent to voters across the five boroughs this week, calling on them to support fair disability benefits for NYC police officers by contacting their state legislators. See the mailer here.
|Mar. 24, 2016||The Brooklyn District Attorney has recommended that former PO Peter Liang serve no jail time in a fatal accidental shooting. PBA president Pat Lynch told the media that criminalizing an accident serves no good purpose and that the DA should never have indicted the officer to begin with. (Read entire statement.) The story was reported by: Politico NY; NY Times; the Wall Street Journal; Daily News; Newsday and the NY Post, and reports appeared on ABC 7 news; NBC 4 news; PIX 11 news and Fox 5 news.|
|Mar. 22, 2016||The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on the findings of the PBA’s first-ever members survey. Pat Lynch is quoted in a story about absentee Crossing Guards and the use of police officers to fill in for them.|
|Mar. 17, 2016||The Wall Street Journal and NY Post report on the PBA’s contracting with a powerful outside firm to assist in the union’s battle for better pay and pension benefits.
PIX 11 News reports on using police officers to backfill for crossing guards who don’t show up. PBA president Pat Lynch is quoted noting that police are frequently called upon when other services fail but the NYPD needs more police officers to keep up with the demand. See PBA press release.
Lynch was interviewed during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on NBC 4 TV in the line of march.
|Mar. 16, 2016||The PBA held a news conference (see press release) yesterday (see the entire event here) to announce all of the results (see survey results here) of the union’s first-ever membership survey. Print stories appeared in: Daily News; Post story and commentary; Washington Free Beacon; Politico NY and NY Magazine. Reports also appeared on CBS 2 TV news; ABC 7 TV news; PIX 11 TV news; WMBC (NJ) TV news; News 12 Bronx; and WOR radio. Headlines ranged from “All cops hate deBlasio” to “NYPD Officers Reluctant to take Enforcement Actions Under Threat of Lawsuits, Public Complaints.”|
|Mar. 15, 2016||The Daily News; Newsday; Wall Street Journal; NY Post; SI Advance; CBS TV; Fox TV; ABC TV; PIX 11 TV; New York 1; WOR radio; News radio 880; WINS radio and 770 radio all reported the “preview” findings of the union’s first ever survey of its members reporting that morale is at rock bottom, the city is getting less safe and most officers would leave for a better paying law enforcement job.
The Chief Leader reports that the US Attorney will not charge PO Richard Haste and editorializes on NYPD training. The Chief also reports the union’s support for a CPR instructor put on modified duty and the PBA’s “Emery must go” TV ads.
See PBA-recorded video of Pat Lynch's opening remarks during the press conference releasing the results of the PBA's recent member survey, which showed that morale among New York City police officers is at rock bottom. Lynch said: "What we're saying is: 'City Hall, this is how our members feel, and it's real.' This is an opportunity for us to solve the problem. We've always been and stand ready to solve these problems. Not Band-Aid approaches — solve them, and solve them consistently on into the future." See also the full press conference.
|Mar. 14, 2016||A preview of results from the PBA’s first-ever survey of its members revealing that MOS feel the city is less safe, morale is extremely low and that perps are now much more likely to resist arrest was reported in Newsday; Daily News; Wall Street Journal and NY Post. The result of the full survey taken by over 6,000 police officers, will be released on Tuesday, March 15 at a news conference.|
|Mar. 12, 2016||The Daily News reported on the renaming of a Bronx street on Friday for a police officer shot to death on duty in 1996 by a carjacker in the Bronx.|
|Mar. 10, 2016||PBA president Pat Lynch was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying that the PBA will not let one of our members, in this case PO Melissa Brown, take the fall for an ineffective training program and that after a full review, she will be cleared. Read Lynch’s statement here.|
|Mar. 9, 2016||Following the Federal prosecutor Phreet Bharra’s announcement that there will not be any charges filed against PO Richard Haste in the shooting of Ramarley Graham, PBA president Pat Lynch told the media that while we gratified that there are no charges, there are no winners in this case and that it was a good faith effort to rid the community of guns and drugs that lead to the tragedy. Stories were reported in: NY Times; Daily News; Wall Street Journal; NY Post; Albany Times Union and on CBS 2 News; PIX 11 News and Fox 5 News.|
|Mar. 8, 2016||Pat Lynch and other PBA board officers and members joined hundreds of police officers from around the country at St. Patrick's Cathedral for a memorial Mass in honor of Euless, Texas Police Officer David Hofer. Hofer, a former NYPD member with the 9 Pct., was shot and killed in the line of duty last week. Lynch said: "We come here together because we’re family. We have our family at home. We have our family on the street. He’s part of both.’’ Stories appeared in the Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and on ABC 7 News and KSWO TV in Texas.|
|Mar. 7, 2016||The Daily News reports on the PBA’s television ad that will start airing Tuesday calling on Mayor de Blasio to start showing real respect for NYC police officers by firing CCRB chairman Richard Emery. Politico, the daily round up of political news in NYC and Albany also wrote about the PBA’s TV ad. Here’s how it read: FIRST LOOK: The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has a television ad calling for de Blasio to fire Richard Emery, chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. The ad starts Tuesday and runs thru March 14, on NY1, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and News 12. "His law firm is seeking fees [from people suing cops] and he calls cops 'pigs?' Mayor de Blasio, police sacrifice daily to keep this city safe. All they ask for in return in respect. You can start by firing Richard Emery." SEE THE AD|
|Mar. 1, 2016||The Chief Leader quotes Pat Lynch in its article about CCRB chair Richard Emery.
A Post editorial about increased response times for police and fire quotes Pat Lynch noting the shortage of police officers and the burden of heavy paperwork that officers have to complete before responding to the next job.
The Daily News reports Richard Emery’s announcement that his law firm would no longer take cases against police officers where a CCRB complaint was substantiated. Pat Lynch was quoted saying: “Richard Emery has revealed his blatant bias through his statements. These measures are too little, too late and do not cure what is now obvious -- he can cannot be fair and impartial."
|Feb. 29, 2016||Following an interview (listen to it here) on AM 970’s “The Cat’s Roundtable,” Pat Lynch’s call for CCRB chairman Richard Emery to resign or be dismissed were reported in the Daily News; Newsday and on PIX 11 TV news.|
|Feb. 28, 2016||NY Post columnist Michael Goodwin supports the PBA's position and slams CCRB chairman Richard Emery as "another pig at the de Blasio trough" as the second story in his opinion column.|
|Feb. 27, 2016||In a story reported by City and State, Pat Lynch explains that response times are up because of lack of staffing, taking officers out of precincts to cover other demands and that officers have jobs stacked up because of an outrageous amount of paperwork that has to be completed before responding to the next job.|
|Feb. 26, 2016||Governor Cuomo called for CCRB chair Richard Emery to apologize or resign for his “stuck pig” comment to which PBA president Pat Lynch said (read Lynch’s entire statement here) that Emery cannot take back the words and he must be dismissed or resign now. A Post editorial said Emery must go and the Daily News editorial was highly critical and noted that no police officer can trust a fair shake from CCRB while Emery is chair. Stories appeared in: Daily News; Post; Newsday; and on New York 1 News; Newsradio 880 and 1010 WINS.|
|Feb. 25, 2016||A front page Daily News exclusive reports CCRB Chairman Richard Emery’s reaction to the PBA calling for his removal saying that the union was acting like “a stuck pig.” Pat Lynch said Emery’s inflammatory language shows his true attitude and that he should have “… no role in an agency charged with conducting fair and impartial investigations."|
|Feb. 23, 2016||This week’s edition of the Chief Leader covers the Liang verdict which PBA president Pat Lynch called “a terrible, tragic accident and not a crime.” They also reported on de Blasio’s revisiting of comments he made about his son’s interactions with police where Lynch called for the Mayor to recognize his own anti-police bias. Lynch was also quoted in stories about the CCRB chairman’s conflict of interest (Lynch called for his removal calling it an “irreconcilable conflict of interest”) and the negative impact that the Federal Monitor’s new SQF rules have caused.|
|Feb. 21, 2016||The media report on the early Saturday morning shootout in Brooklyn in which POs William Reddin and Andrew Yurkiw of the 81 Pct. anti-crime team were injured. Stories appeared in the New York Times, the Post, Newsday and the Daily News. A separate Daily News story highlighted the fact that PO Yurkiw's father, retired Det. Paul Yurkiw, was also saved by his bullet-resistant vest 27 years ago. The story was also covered on NBC 4 News, CBS 2 News, News 12 Long Island, New York 1, and CBS radio news.|
|Feb. 20, 2016||The Daily News reports on Pat Lynch's call for the mayor to remove CCRB Chairman Richard Emery due to the irreconcilable conflict of interest created by Emery's law firm's representation of CCRB complainants in lawsuits against NYPD members.|
|Feb. 19, 2016||In stories about “implicit bias training” in which de Blasio revisited the need to speak with his son about encounters with police, Pat Lynch said that the Mayor needs to “recognize his own bias against police.” Stories appeared in the Post and in Politico/Capital NY.
In a separate Daily News editorial, the paper notes how de Blasio is perpetuating the class separation that he vowed to eliminate by signing the by signing the 32% raise for Council members while saddling police officers with a 1% raise. The editorial notes that the Mayor’s actions provide a moral justification for the PBA — the only union in the city to fight for more than the city’s pattern offer — to seek a much higher salary increase.
|Feb. 17, 2016||A NY Post opinion column by Bob McManus called “The deBlasio Culture of Corruption” zeroes in on CCRB chairman Richard Emery’s conflict of interest created by his law firm representing CCRB complainants in civil suits when the CCRB finds their complaints substantiated. McManus quotes Pat Lynch calling it an “irreconcilable conflict of interest.”|
|Feb. 16, 2016||The Chief Leader reports the conviction of officer Liang and Pat Lynch’s statement that the jury got it “absolutely wrong.”|
|Feb. 13, 2016||New York 1 News's political reporter, Grace Rauh, examines the political implications of the Liang verdict during which PBA Pat Lynch notes that turning an accident into a crime will have a "chilling effect" on patrol officers. Lynch also notes that the mayor picks his words cautiously but that police officer need to see actions to feel supported.|
|Feb. 12, 2016||Pat Lynch calls the manslaughter conviction of PO Peter Liang “absolutely wrong” that will have a “chilling effect” on police across the city by criminalizing a tragic accident. Stories appeared in: Times; Daily News; Post; Newsday; Wall Street Journal; Politico/Capital NY; DNAinfo; Washington Post; The Guardian; Huffington Post; Yahoo news and Reuters news service and on WLNY; WINS; New York 1 news; CBS 2 news; News 12 Long Island.
In a separate story, PBA president Pat Lynch hammers the City Council speaker’s plan to wipe out nearly 700,000 misdemeanor warrants noting that neighborhoods will become “cesspools.” The story was reported on CBS 2 news and WINS radio news.
|Feb. 11, 2016||In the NY Post, Pat Lynch notes the problems created by a lack of quality of life enforcement as the City Council speaker pushes to wipe over 700,000 arrest warrants off the books.
Hero police officer Diara Cruz is released from the hospital to be greeted by the PBA president and a host of her friends and colleagues. Stories appear in DNAinfo; the Post; the Daily News; Newsday and on New York 1 News; News 12 the Bronx; NBC 4 News; Fox 5 News and News 12 Long Island.
|Feb. 9, 2016||The Chief Leader, in a story about PO Liang’s accidental discharge that killed a bystander, quotes Pat Lynch regarding the hazards of vertical patrols saying that there is nothing “routine” about them. In a separate article, The Chief Leader notes Lynch’s observation that waking sleeping subway passengers is a “band-aid” approach to a problem and an attempt to conceal a shortage of police officers.|
|Feb. 6, 2016||Hero police officer Patrick Espeut walks out of Lincoln Hospital to the applause of his fellow officers less than 24 hours of being shot. Pat Lynch uses the occasion to call for the hiring of more police officers. The story is reported by: the Daily News; News 12 the Bronx on Lynch's remarks and Officer Espaut's walkout; CBS 2 News; News 12 Long Island; Fox 5 News; PIX 11 News.
The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio report the impact of the Cruz/Espeut shooting on the trial of PO Peter Liang whose accidental discharge killed an innocent bystander.
A Daily News editorial calls for the Mayor to veto a huge City Council raise noting that police, who risk their lives on the job, only got a 1% raise.
|Feb. 5, 2016|| Following the shooting of hero POs Patrick Espeut and Diara Cruz, Pat Lynch spoke to the media from a conference room at Lincoln Hospital citing the dangers of vertical patrol and calling on the public to inform police of anyone that they know who has an illegal weapon. Lynch’s remarks appeared in: Daily News; Times; Newsday; Politico; DNAinfo; Times Union, Albany and WINS radio; News 12 the Bronx; PIX 11 News; 770 AM radio.
The NY Times reported on steps being taken by the City and NYPD to protect police officers who are accused in frivolous lawsuits. Pat Lynch noted that the program was “a strong step in the right direction” but that the jury was still out on its effectiveness.
Pat Lynch calls the department’s plan to wake a sleeping passengers on subway trains an attempt to conceal the fact that there are not enough police officers to cover the subway and calls it a band-aid approach. Stories appeared on: ABC 7 news; Fox 5 news and on WINS radio news.
|Feb. 4, 2016||Pat Lynch and Second Vice President Mubarak Abdul-Jabbar testified before a joint hearing of state Senate and Assembly committees on public safety issues in the state budget. See video of Lynch's testimony and read the PBA's full statement to the Legislature.|
|Feb. 2, 2016||As the family of Ramarley Graham calls on Mayor de Blasio to fire police officer Richard Haste, PBA president Pat Lynch said: “ Regardless of the facts in this case, a family lost a loved one and they have our sympathy, but grief and emotion can never override due process.” The story was reported on PIX 11 News and New York 1 News, and you can read Lynch’s entire statement here.|
|Jan. 29, 2016||In part one of a wide-ranging interview with FiOS 1 News's Dominic Carter, Pat Lynch discusses the trial of P.O. Peter Liang and the boycott of cop-hating director Quentin Tarantino. See also part two of the interview.|
|Jan. 26, 2016||This week’s Chief Leader reports on the boycott that the NYC PBA initiated against the latest movie made by cop-hater Quentin Tarantino and also reports on the Zadroga bill’s reauthorization and the need to include nerve damage caused by toxic dust.|
|Jan. 23, 2016||In an article in the Daily News about fellow arbitrators' defense of Howard Edelman, Pat Lynch indicates that the PBA has filed a formal complaint against him with the American Arbitration Association and notes that they should not prejudge Edelman's actions before having all the facts in the case. See Lynch's full statement.|
|Jan. 22, 2016||The Daily News, in its follow-up to their front-page exclusive (see it here) about the notorious PERB chairman, Howard Edelman, notes, among other things, that he accepted future work from NYC while chairing the PBA contact panel.|
|Jan. 21, 2016||Front page of the NY Daily News blasts PERB chairperson Howard Edelman’s $115,000 payday while awarding a “measly” 1% raise to police officers. Lynch is quoted saying that Edelman didn’t “legitimately earn his pay.” (Read Lynch’s entire statement.)
A terrorist threat against police officers in Philadelphia and NYC that originated in Manhattan resulted in warnings by the NYPD and the PBA to officers to take all precautions. Stories were reported in: Daily News; Wall Street Journal; Newsday; WINS radio; NY 1 News; News 12 the Bronx; Fox 5 news and ABC 7 news.
|Jan. 19, 2016||This week’s Chief Leader quotes Pat Lynch in reaction to outrageous pay raises for elected officials.|
|Jan. 16, 2016||With the news that cop-hating director Quentin Tarantino's latest feature is tanking at the box office, Pat Lynch said that the PBA-initiated boycott of the movie demonstrates the immense economic power of police officers and police supporters around the country. Lynch was quoted in the Post's Page Six, the Daily News, the Washington Times, the Daily Mail, the Guardian and on WOR radio.|
|Jan. 15, 2016||Calling huge raises for elected officials an “abomination” and an “insult to all police officers,” Pat Lynch’s vehement objections are reported in several news accounts of the Mayor’s approval of the raises. Stories appear in: Politico: Daily News; CBS 2 News; WINS radio; WLNY News; Post; the Observer; and NY 1 News. Read Lynch’s entire statement on the raises here.|
|Jan. 5, 2016||The Daily News reports the NYPD’s request to the CCRB to provide a tally of yes and no votes in cases where complaints against officers are substantiated. PBA president Pat Lynch writes the Daily News in support of releasing that information noting that, unlike grand juries, board members are permanent fixtures who rule on many cases and whose biases can have a devastating impact on a police officer’s career. Chris Dunn of the NYCLU argues it leaves members vulnerable to retaliation by the department.|
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