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: 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.

2014

April
Apr. 15, 2014 The NY Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday and Wall Street Journal report on the funeral of fallen hero police officer Dennis Guerra on Rockaway Beach.  The Chief Leader reports the creation of a new NYPD fire-response protocol as Pat Lynch comments on the tragic death of Officer Guerra.  TV coverage of PO Guerra’s funeral aired on ABC 7 News; CBS 2 News; WLNY News; New York 1 News; NBC 4 News; PIX 11 News and FOX 5 News, and on CBS radio, several of which include interviews with PBA president Pat Lynch.

In an unrelated news story in the Chief Leader, Pat Lynch states that the root of the legal problems and poor relations with communities is quota for police activities — including SQF — that were established due to inadequate staffing and he decries the lack of police officers in local precincts saying that “...public safety and the safety of our officers demands” hiring more police.
Apr. 12, 2014 The Daily News, Post, Newsday and NY Times report the upgrade of charges to felony murder in the death of PO  Dennis Guerra, most with comments from PBA president Pat Lynch.
Apr. 11, 2014 PBA president Pat Lynch and Police Commissioner Bratton address the media outside Woodhull hospital where two MOS were being treated for smoke inhalation following their heroic rescue of a family from a burning building in Williamsburg.  The story aired on CBS 2 News and WLNY.
Apr. 10, 2014 Reports of the death of hero police officer Dennis Guerra, the flag lowering ceremony and side stories, some with comments by PBA president Pat Lynch, appear in: the Times; Daily News (multiple stories); Post (multiple stories); Newsday; Wall Street Journal; Christian Post; Huffington Post.  Also covered in video and audio on New York 1 News; CBS News; PIX 11 News; NBC 4 News; Fox 5 News; ABC 7 News; WOR Radio; WNYC Radio; WINS Radio and WCBS Radio.  In an unrelated news item in the Post, Pat Lynch decries the decision of a Federal court to suppress drugs and weapons found during the execution of a search warrant for a technicality.
Apr. 8, 2014 Pat Lynch is interviewed in follow-up stories about critically injured officers Guerra and Rodriguez as Commissioner Bratton announces the establishment of a fire response protocol for police officers.  Stories aired on ABC 7 News, NBC 4 News and CBS 2 News.
Apr. 7, 2014 Two officers, Dennis Guerra and Rosa Rodriguez, both of the Housing Bureau, courageously responded to a fire on the 18th floor of the Unity Towers on Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.  They were overcome by smoke upon exiting the elevator and both suffered severe smoke inhalation.  Firefighters responded and the officers were removed to hospitals where both are in critical condition.  PBA President Pat Lynch joined Police Commissioner Bratton and Mayor de Blasio at the hospital and is quoted in several reports.  Stories were published in the Daily News; Newsday; Post; Times and the Wall Street Journal and videos on Fox News, WPIX News, WCBS News and WNBC News. The Wall Street Journal also quotes Lynch in a story analyzing the first 100 days of Commissioner Bratton’s term where Lynch was guardedly optimistic for the future.
Apr. 3, 2014 Pat Lynch blames “heavy handed” treatment of officers by past NYPD management, short staffing and the last election cycle’s focus on SQF to support Commissioner Bratton’s assessment of low morale in the NYPD.  The story was reported in: NY Observer; Daily News; Post; Newsday and the Wall Street Journal.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.
Apr. 1, 2014 In the latest edition of the Chief Leader, PBA president Pat Lynch supports the Police Commissioner’s call to hire more police adding that a market rate of pay would attract good, qualified candidates while keeping highly experienced veteran officer’s on the job.  Read Lynch’s entire statement. Letter to the Editor of the New York Post
March
Mar. 19, 2014 Former City Council member Ken Fisher conducts a wide ranging interview with Pat Lynch for his show public affairs show CityWide.  Lynch discusses contract, staffing, stop, question and frisk, the new Police Commissioner and Mayor as well as discussing the primary role of the PBA in the lives of NYC police officers.
Mar. 17, 2014 In this week’s edition of the The Chief Leader, Pat Lynch praises a federal judge’s decision to make a scammer pay court costs when he sued arresting officers, and praise is given to those who responded to the deadly gas explosion in upper Manhattan last week. NBC 4 News’s coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade showed a massive contingent of uniformed PBA members joined PBA president Pat Lynch and  board members as they marched up Fifth Avenue following the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.
Mar. 14, 2014 PBA president Pat Lynch joined an array of labor leaders at a news conference on March 10 in support of legislation called the Education Tax Credit which, if it becomes law, will help PBA members and other union workers to afford a good education for their children.  You can view the video of the entire news conference, read the press release, view photos from the event, or watch the New York 1 coverage. The Tablet published the story along with an editorial, and a widely read educational blog also ran a story.  The Tablet also ran a story about the recent NYPD Holy Name breakfast.
Mar. 6, 2014 Pat Lynch calls the "Community Safety Act" a "misguided" law that penalizes police officers instead of the policy makers who are responsible for it, in stories about the Mayor dropping the City's lawsuit against the law.  The stories in the NY Times and Newsday indicate that the PBA will continue to pursue its own separate litigation.
Mar. 4, 2014 The Chief Leader reports, with quotes for Pat Lynch, that the PBA is pleased that cop killer Herman Bell was denied parole.  Lynch is also quoted in a story praising the quick thinking of two off-duty EMTs who came to the aid of PO James Li and, in another story, Lynch slams “junkie” Lilo Brancato’s return to acting saying that he is benefiting from his fame as a criminal and not as an actor.  The Wall Street Journal and Times Union report two PBA members who saved a baby’s life were honored by Police Commissioner Bratton and Mayor deBlasio.
Mar. 1, 2014 PBA president Pat Lynch called the EMTs who came to the aid of PO Li after being shot "...the embodiment of all that is good about this city."  The story was reported in the Daily News; NY Post; and Newsday.
February
Feb. 28, 2014

PBA president Pat Lynch joined by a large group of officers tells the media that attempted cop-killer Robinson shot PO Li because he “doesn’t like cops.”  Lynch noted that he should never be able to walk the streets of NY again as a free man.  Stories ran during early morning hours on Friday on New York 1 News; WPIX News; ABC 7 News;  NBC 4 at 4:30 AM; NBC 4 at 6:06 AM.

Feb 27, 2014

Police Officer James Li was shot three times in a gunfight with a perp who had boarded the back of a city bus without paying a fare.  Li and his partner, Police Officer Randy Chow were on patrol in Crown Heights section of Brooklyn when the incident occurred.  PBA president Pat Lynch joined Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio for a briefing (see a photo) in Kings County Hospital where Officer Li was being treated following the shootout.  We owe a debt of gratitude to two FDNY EMT who were passing by in a vehicle stopped to render first aid to the wounded officer and to the neighborhood folks who assisted in the search for the culprit who fled the scene.  A collar was made; a second individual is being sought.  Stories were reported in videos on New York 1 News, Fox News and WPIX News, and in the Daily News, NY Post,Newsday, and NY Times.

The Daily News’s  Denis Hamill wrote about the memorial service in the 103 Pct. for police officer Eddie Byrne who was guarding the home of a drug witness at 107 and Inwood Streets, Queens, when he was murdered by three members of Howard “Pappy” Mason’s drug crew in retaliation for Pappy’s arrest.  The service is sponsored by the PBA and is held annually at the location of the shooting at 1 AM near the hour of the murder.  Pat Lynch regularly attends the memorial and was joined this year by Police Commissioner William Bratton who spoke to the gathered members of the service to tell them that Eddie Byrne’s life had and has meaning as does theirs.  Read Hamill’s column here.

Feb. 26, 2014

The PBA’s role in fighting the parole of cop-killer Herman Bell is noted in stories run in the Daily News, The Republic, and on CBS TV.

Feb. 25, 2014 PBA president Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief Leader’s report on the 2nd Circuit Court's decision to remand the case to district court
Feb. 24, 2014 Pat Lynch is quoted extensively in the American Bar Association Journal on the issue of stop and frisk.  Lynch blames management’s quotas for the controversy stating that police officers “ …want to stop criminals.  We’ve never wanted to stop working folks, but that’s what quotas do.”  Click here to read an excerpt with Lynch’s remarks or click here to read the entire article.
Feb. 22, 2014

PBA president Pat Lynch is quoted in stories — Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday, Sun, ABC News, PoliceOne.com — about the 2nd Circuit court's decision to remand the "stop and frisk" case back to district court while directing the lower court to hear four police unions' arguments to intervene in the case before allowing the city to settle it.

Feb. 20, 2014

New York Post columnist Seth Lipsky runs down the legal arguments that may help the PBA succeed in intervening in the Federal “stop and frisk” case noting that the Los Angeles Police Protection League was successful in intervening even after a consent decree had been signed.

Feb. 13, 2014 In stories published in the Daily News and the Post, PBA president Pat Lynch calls a federal judge’s decision to toss out gun possession charges “unconscionable” while noting that NYC police officers are trained to and experienced in spotting people carrying illegal weapons.
Feb. 11, 2014

The Chief Leader publishes a letter from PBA president Pat Lynch who corrects the record on PERB awards explaining that the class hired at a reduced rate was paid in full, retroactively, in the next arbitration award while the rest of our members received a significant wage increase.  The Chief also reports on ongoing contract negotiations, and Judicial Watch out of Washington DC reports on the PBA’s efforts to keep the killers of Police Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in prison.

Feb. 8, 2014 The Daily News reports the resumption of contract negotiations while the Post, Times and Newsday report on the four police unions efforts to intervene in the Federal "stop and frisk" case.
Feb. 4, 2014

This week's edition of the Chief Leader includes comments from Pat Lynch on the stop and frisk “settlement”, the planned changes to Operation Impact, and Commissioner Bratton's inaugural video. In a story about the parting Labor Commissioner, Hanley talks about the difficulty of negotiating contracts with the police.

Feb. 1, 2014 The Daily News and Wall Street Journal report on planned changes to deployment of rookie officers to provide more experience in local precincts, a concept that is preliminarily supported by PBA president Pat Lynch who looks forward to discussing those types of changes with the new PC.  Lynch also slams the concept of "speed cameras" in the News and the Post as a revenue raising project while citing that cars stops by professionally trained police officers yields arrests for drunk driving, outstanding warrants, suspended licenses, illegal weapons and more which does far more for public safety than a camera.
January
Jan. 31, 2014

PBA president Pat Lynch expresses “serious concerns” about the stop and frisk settlement’s impact on police officers and insists that the PBA will “make every effort” to protect our members rights in stories reported in the NY Times; Daily News; Post: Newsday: Wall Street Journal: American Bar Association Journal: Law360; Capital New York; New York Sun; and City&State; in videos on New York 1; WPIX; and Fox; and on 1010WINS radio.

Jan. 28, 2014 This week’s Chief Leader reports the PBA’s news conference staged to draw attention to the possible parole of two cold blooded cop killers.  The paper also published an editorial opposing parole of these two cold blooded murders while noting that the PBA’s website button to send a letter of opposition should be used often.
Jan. 27, 2014

View Police Commissioner William J. Bratton’s video “Cops Count Police Matter.”

Jan. 24, 2014

Pat Lynch and members of the PBA’s a board were joined by police widow Diane Piagentini and her daughter, Mary, to ask for the public to oppose the parole of cold-blooded cop-killers Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom by visiting the PBA ‘s “Keep Cop Killers In Jail” website.  See reports from NBC 4 News; PIX 11 News; New York 1 News and News 12 Long Island. Watch the entire press conference recorded by the PBA, and read reported accounts from the Daily News and Newsday.

Jan. 17, 2014

In a DNA Info story written by former NY Post Police Bureau Chief Murray Weiss, PBA president Pat Lynch blames former PC Kelly’s “draconian discipline” and obsession with numbers for terrible morale of the rank and file.

Jan. 14, 2014

The Chief Leader edition that hit the stands on Tue., Jan. 14 reports the social security scandal involving retired police officers and quotes Pat Lynch emphasizing how important those disability benefits are to officers who are truly disabled.  They also report the results of the appeal of the breathalyzer challenge and advocates who have objected to the police unions’ challenge of the federal stop and frisk lawsuit and the Community Safety act.

Jan. 8, 2014

National Public Radio (NPR) uses a quote from Pat Lynch in their story following the announcement of indictments of city workers for social security fraud.  Lynch underscored the importance of those benefits to MOS who were truly incapacitated.  Click here to see Lynch’s entire statement.

Jan. 7, 2014 In the edition that hit newsstands today, the Chief Leader reports that, upon hearing the newly elected Mayor’s pledge to withdraw the appeal of the S,Q and F decision, Pat Lynch instructed attorneys to send an urgent letter to the panel emphasizing the need to hear the case with the PBA as an intervenor.  The same edition quoted Pat Lynch pledging law enforcement’s commitment to monitor actor turned criminal Lilo Brancato as he was released from prison on parole after serving 8 of a 10 year sentence for an attempted burglary that led to the murder of off duty police officer Daniel Enchautegui.  The Chief also reports that Lynch declined comment on the appointment of Bob Linn, a former consultant to the PBA during the 2002 arbitration case, as the city’s new director of Labor Relations.

More print and video news stories can be found listed by year: 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 organizations. Stories from 2001 and earlier can only be found under the individual news organizations.