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: 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.


Nov. 17, 2015

The Chief Leader reports the PBA’s adamant objections to the PERB decision awarding two 1% raises to police officers calling it an insult to police officer’s work.  A letter from PBA president Pat Lynch strenuously objecting to a previous editorial run in the Chief also appeared where Lynch notes that PERB is not a casino where you roll dice, it is a body established by law to level the playing field in resolving pay disputes.

Nov. 16, 2015 Pat Lynch spoke at the annual “Run for the Blue” event which displays all kinds of exotic automobiles to raise money for the PBA’s Widow’s and Children’s fund.  Lynch is quoted in Newsday and appeared on News 12 Long Island.
Nov. 14, 2015 The Times, Daily News, Newsday, Politico NY and New York 1 News, News radio 880, WINS radio, and WNYC radio report the PERB decision.  Pat Lynch was quoted saying:   "All we are asking for is to be treated and paid like the professionals we are.”  He said that the 1 percent raises are "an insult to every police officer’s work and sacrifice." See PBA recorded videos of Pat Lynch's interviews with NY 1 News and News Radio 880.
Nov. 13, 2015

Pat Lynch joins Congressmen Dan Donovan and Peter King along with Joe Zadroga, father of 9/11 victim Det. James Zadroga, and other police union officials in calling for the reauthorization of the Zadroga Bill at a news conference. Stories appeared in the Daily News and Jewish Political News and Updates. See Lynch's remarks and the PBA recorded video of the full event.

Nov. 12, 2015

The PBA contract rally in front of Gracie Mansion was covered in: Daily News; Post: Politico (formerly Capital NY); Gothamist; NY Magazine: Staten Island Advance (SIlive); Colorful News; Merced Sun Star. Reports were also broadcast on: ABC 7 (early); PIX 11; NBC 4; CBS 2; WLNY 1055; ABC 7 (later); NY 1 News; WOR Radio; and PBA-recorded coverage of Pat Lynch talking to reporters and other PBA-recorded coverage of the entire event.

Nov. 10, 2015 In reports in Newsday; Daily News; Politico and the Fulton Post News, Pat Lynch educates the Mayor and Police Commissioner that high-tech gadgets don’t improve morale but helping police officers to support their families will. 
Nov. 6, 2015 The early morning protest in front of the penthouse of PERB chairman Howard Edelman was reported in: NY Post; Newsday; Daily News; Fox 5 News; NBC 4 News; PIX 11 News and interview with Lynch; WOR Radio (John Gambing interview with Pat Lynch); WINS radio; WNYC radio; WABC radio; WCBS radio. To see Pat Lynch’s unedited comments to reporters in a PBA-recorded video at the protest, click here.
Nov. 5, 2015 See photos and video highlights of the PBA's early-morning demonstration outside arbitrator Howard Edelman's Manhattan condo building to protest his outrageous draft arbitration award.

DNAinfo and Politico wrote a curtain raiser on the planned protest at the home of PERB Chairman Howard Edelman.  The New York Post and Newsday published early reports on their website about the early morning event.  Finally, the Daily News reports about a fear of a police slowdown.

Nov. 3, 2015 Following the release of a draft decision from the PERB chairman overseeing the 2010/12 police officer’s contract, PBA president Pat Lynch slams the draft awarding 1% raises retroactively in each of two years saying the result is “…in direct defiance of the Taylor Law.”  See Lynch’s entire statement here.  The story was reported in the Daily News; Wall Street Journal; Politico; the NY Post and on WNYC radio.
Oct. 31, 2015

The PBA’s call to boycott Quentin Tarantino films continues to grow as his father, Tony Tarantino, comes forward to the PBA to condemn his son’s cop-hating words.  Stories appeared in the Daily News; Post; BuzzFeed;  the New American and TV Newsroom and on NBC 4 News.  The Post ran an exclusive about the Tarantino family having members in the NYPD.  Entertainment Weekly ran two stories, one reporting New Jersey State PBA joining the boycott and the other about NAPO joining the boycott.

Oct. 30, 2015

As is normal in any case involving celebrities, the news about the PBA’s boycott of cop-hater Quentin Tarantino’s films is going viral.  Reports appeared in: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); the Latin Post: NY Times; Fox News; the Guardian and WINS radio news.  Fox News also reports that Tarantino’s father, Tony, believes that his son, Quentin, is “dead wrong” about cops being murderers.

Oct. 29, 2015 Rolling Stone magazine and the Los Angeles Times reports that the LA police union will boycott Tarantino films.  Los Angeles Police Protective League president Craig Lally said:  "Film director Quentin Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York. He made this statement just four days after a New York police officer was gunned down in the line of duty." 

A CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, PA and the Daily News reports FOP Lodge 5 joining the boycott reporting that FOP Lodge 5 President John McNesby said; “Tarantino has shown through his actions that he is anti-police. Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; he it turns out also hates cops.”  CBS also repeated Pat Lynch’s original call for the boycott in its story.

CBS 2 News and Politicker NJ report that the New Jersey State PBA is also joining in the Tarantino boycott.  NJSPBA President Pat Colligan said that Tarantino "should be mindful of the potential dangers that can result from the dangerous rhetoric once it is ingrained in the mind of a person who is willing to harm an officer."

Oct. 28, 2015

Politico reported Pat Lynch’s “A Word of Thanks” statement for the sympathy and support in the murder of PO Randolph Holder noting that Governor Cuomo was mentioned but the Mayor was not.

WCBS Radio reports that the LAPD is following the call from the NYC PBA to boycott Quentin Tarantino movies. The call to boycott Tarantno’s movies is slowly going national with a report in USA Today, Hollywood Reporter, and the Denver Business Journal.

Oct. 27, 2015 The Chief Leader reports the denial of a disability pension for an Internal Affairs “ticket fixing” investigator who claimed PTSD to which PBA president Pat Lynch said “we have questioned his legitimacy from the beginning.”
Oct. 26, 2015

Pat Lynch's call for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino's violence-filled movies after the director called police officers "murderers" at an anti-police rally on Saturday is reported in the Post, the News, and Newsday and on ABC 7 News, NBC 4 News, CBS This Morning (national), WPIX 11 News and WINS radio, WOR radio and CBS radio.

Oct. 25, 2015 In a smart op-ed in the Staten Island Advance, City Council Member Steven Matteo says that the "anti-police wave" of cop-bashing rhetoric, misguided legislation and increased scrutiny have created an extremely difficult work environment for police officers.  He notes that "with all of the recent focus in city government on the workplace conditions, pay, and benefits of New Yorkers, it is disconcerting how the NYPD is notably exempt from those concerns.

"CBS 2 News reports on Pat Lynch's New York Post op-ed calling for City Hall to demonstrate meaningful, sustained support for police officers.

After Al Sharpton used the death of P.O. Randolph Holder to proclaim his "support" for police officers and blamed "extremists on both sides" for dominating the conversation about policing issues, Pat Lynch told the Daily News: “Al Sharpton has always been one of the chief extremists fanning the flames of anti-police sentiment for his own gain. Police officers need real support from our elected officials and the communities we serve, not empty gestures from attention-seekers.”

Oct. 22, 2015 Speaking to ABC 7 News's N.J. Burkett outside PSA 5, Pat Lynch said "We've had four police officers killed. That's not an anomaly. That's happening because [criminals] feel emboldened on the street."

Dozens of police officers packed a Manhattan courtroom for the arraignment of cop-killing coward Tyrone Howard in the murder of P.O. Randolph Holder.  Following the arraignment, Pat Lynch told reporters that police officers will continue to turn out at court until P.O. Holder's murderer faces justice.  He added, "Violence against New York City police officers has to stop, and it has to stop now."  Stories appeared in the Daily News and the Post and on ABC 7 News, NBC 4 NewsCBS 2 News and WINS News Radio.

As the media continues to report on the life and tragic death of hero Police Officer Randolph Holder, the SI Advance, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and DNAinfo quoted Pat Lynch's call for prayers for P.O. Holder's family and for his sacrifice to "mark a new day of respect and appreciation for the men and women who stand between violent crime and the good people of New York."

Oct. 21, 2015 The local and national media report on the murder of P.O. Randolph Holder, member of the PSA 5 anti-crime team, who was killed while pursuing a gunman in East Harlem. Speaking at the hospital following P.O. Holder's passing, Pat Lynch asked for prayers for the family and said, "These police officers need your support as we bury our brother police officer.  But it can’t end there. We need your support every day, on every corner, in every neighborhood, so we can continue to carry ourselves like superheroes, so we can save you and protect you."  Reports appeared in the Daily News, NY Post (with an additional story with statements from Holder's father, a former police officer), the NY Times, Newsday, the SI Advance, DNAinfo, the Associated Press and USA Today, and on PIX 11 News, ABC 7 News, NBC 4 News, CBS 2 News, Fox 5 News and WINS radio. See also PBA press release.
Oct. 20, 2015 Patrolman Phillip Cardillo, murdered in 1972  in a Harlem Mosque during the one of the darkest days of NYPD and NYC history, is honored 43 years later with a street named in his honor in front of the new Police Academy.  See Pat Lynch’s remarks at the event or watch the entire ceremony in a PBA recorded video.  Reports appeared on PIX 11 News; WINS radio; WCBS radio and WOR radio and in the Daily News; the Post; Newsday; Queens Chronicle and the Times Ledger.

The Chief Leader reports Lynch’s comments regarding the recently released CCRB report saying, among other things: “They are part of a political apparatus that has been systematically denigrating the reputation of a fine police department and its officers, and that must stop.”  The Chief also reported the 50% increase in police 9/11 related cancers and slammed Congress in an editorial for failing to renew the Zadroga Act.  They also report on demands made by homeless advocates for police to “back off.”

Oct. 19, 2015

Hundreds of police officers, retired NYPD members, current recruits, PBA board officers and others joined the family of Ptl. Phillip Cardillo for a long overdue tribute to a fallen hero, as the street in front of the new Police Academy in Queens was renamed in his honor.  See photos, watch PBA President Pat Lynch's remarks or see the PBA-recorded video of the full event

Pat Lynch responds to an off-the-mark editorial on the use of force that appeared in the Staten Island Advance.
Oct. 15, 2015 PBA president Pat Lynch notes that the CCRB has “tipped their hand” showing that they are only interested in justifying their own existence by failing to include the 19% reduction in complaints in their press release.  Lynch goes on to question the value of the CCRB in that the level of complaints compared to the number of police actions in miniscule and says that the money spent on the CCRB would be better used hiring more police officers. Read Lynch’s entire statement here. Lynch is also quoted in the Staten Island Advance; on New York 1 News; Newsday; News 10 News; the Times Union; and on WCBS and WINS radio.
Oct. 9, 2015 Pat Lynch notes in a NY Daily News story and on News Radio 880 that the CCRB expedited the Blake mistaken ID case for publicity purposes saying that it’s the CCRB’s job “…to do a thorough and correct investigation, not to get a result to get a headline.” Coverage of the PBA’s objections to the CCRB’s substantiation of the use of force complaint in the Blake case continues to be reported.  Stories ran on ABC 7 News; News radio 880 (an earlier version); PIX 11 News; NBC 4 News and on Fox 5 News.

At the swearing in of the new Police Academy class, Pat Lynch tells NY1 News that an even greater staffing increase is needed to restore the NYPD to the manpower levels that existed during the Safe Streets, Safe City program, which allowed police officers to proactively address crime and disorder.

Oct. 8, 2015 Calling the CCRB a “…cop-hating branch of the New York Civil Liberties Union” PBA president Pat Lynch said that their substantiation of the use of force complaint in the Blake case is “no surprise” and that the officers would be vindicated upon a complete review of the facts.  Stories ran in Newsday, the Wall Street Journal, NY Post; NY Daily News and the NY Times and on NBC 4 News; ABC 7 News; Fox 5 News and WNYC radio.  See Lynch’s entire statement here.

Newsday reports the PBA’s endorsement of Kate Murray for Nassau District Attorney and quotes Queens South Financial Secretary Joe Rao who said that the PBA was “proud to back the Nassau County PBA in their support and endorsement of a pro-law-enforcement candidate in Kate Murray.”

Oct. 6, 2015 WOR News reporter Terry Sheridan reports on the Transit Bureau Canine Graduation during which Pat Lynch explained how these K9 partners are an important part of keeping the memory of deceased officers alive.
Oct. 5, 2015 The Chief Leader reports the PBA’s objections to the “stop receipts,” reports on the IG’s use of force paper and editorializes on both issues.

On WABC radio’s Curtis and Kuby show, a discussion about the PBA’s current contract advertisement results in left-wing host, Ron Kuby, supporting Lynch’s call for fair pay and defending the 20-year retirement while recognizing the dangers of the job.

Oct. 2, 2015 The Daily News reports on the Inspector General’s report saying the NYPD has failed to track use of force and quotes Pat Lynch noting no amount of paperwork or training will satisfy those who don’t want police to be proactive. The Daily News, NY Times, Newsday and the Wall Street Journal also quote Lynch in stories about the NYPD’s new use-of-force tracking system.  Read Lynch’s entire reaction here.  A Daily News editorial called “Excessive Farce” is critical of the IG’s report while the NY Post slams the new policy supporting Lynch’s belief that no amount of paperwork will satisfy police critics. Stories were also broadcast on NBC 4 TV; ABC 7 TV, Fox 5 TV,  News Radio 880, and the story went national compliments of a lengthy piece on National Public Radio (NPR.)
Sept. 29, 2015 NBC 4 News reports the first day of the use of the “stop receipts” and notes the PBA’s objection to them.

The Chief Leader reports the most recent developments in the Blake mistaken identity stop and notes Pat Lynch’s comments about the latest info.

Sept. 27, 2015 WINS radio reports on Lynch's comments calling "stop receipts" another "nail in the coffin of proactive policing" and also reports the PBA's statement regarding new video that counters James Blake's account of his mistaken ID stop.
Sept. 26, 2015 Upon the NYPD’s initiation of the issuance of “stop receipts” Pat Lynch told the Daily News that they are just “one more nail in the coffin of proactive policing” which will harm both the city’s economy and the neighborhoods who need protection the most.  

The New York Post updated their story on new video evidence in the Blake case showing the officer and Mr. Blake shaking hands and noting that the officer was told the suspects may be armed.  PBA president Lynch was quoted saying these are the kinds of circumstances that need to be uncovered before any judgement was passed.  

Newsday printed a letter to the editor from a retired Nassau County Police Captain and criminal justice instructor slamming the paper for its rush to judgement and lack of understanding of reasonable suspicion or probable cause or having any facts before pronouncing judgment.

Sept. 24, 2015 Following Pat Lynch “Open Letter” hammering editorial writers for rushing to judgment without any facts in the Blake mistaken identity arrest, The Observer wrote their own personal opinion piece branding Lynch —  ironically in their own elitist, ivory tower fashion —  “Pat Lynch, NYC”s Enfant Terrible.”
Sept. 23, 2015

Pat Lynch calls a Finest Message telling off-duty MOS to leave their guns at home “foolish” and “dangerous” noting professional police officers are always on-duty and limiting their ability to respond reduces the city’s ability to protect the Pope during his visit.  Stories were reported in the Daily News (appeared in the print edition but not online); Newsweek and in digital media:  MedaiteFusionWNYC radio also reported the story.

Press release: Order (click here) for Police Officers to leave firearms home reduces ability to protect the Pope.

Sept. 22, 2015

The Chief Leader reports on Lynch’s open letter in the Blake mistaken ID case and, in an editorial, offers its journalistic justification for jumping to conclusions.

The Daily News and WOR radio reports the meeting between James Blake, the Mayor and the PC and includes a mention of more self-serving anti-cop legislation being introduced by the City Council with Lynch’s comments (read Lynch’s entire statement here) bashing the idea.

Sept. 20, 2015 The Daily News, CBS 2 News, NY 1 News, ABC 7 News and PIX 11 News report on the renaming of a street in Far Rockaway in honor of P.O. Dennis Guerra, who was killed in the line of duty in while responding to an arson fire in April 2014.
Sept. 17, 2015 Newsday reports on a serious news conference on behalf of Zadroga Bill reauthorization in Washington DC that was attended by Pat Lynch.  Entertainer Jon Stewart was the big draw for the press and this report, ironically published in Newsday’s entertainment section, depicts Pat Lynch, Stewart and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the event. 
Sept. 16, 2015

PBA president Pat Lynch, who was furious over editorials calling for the firing of the police officer involved in the stop of former tennis pro James Blake, sent an open letter  (read entire letter here) to all “arm-chair judges” slamming them for coming to conclusions with virtually no facts in the matter.  His outrage was reported in USA Today, the NY Post, Daily News — which not only used it in a news story but printed the entire letter as a sidebar column — and Business Insider as well as on NY 1 News; WLNY; ABC 770 radio; PIX11 News; CBS 2 News; MSNBC News.  NY Post columnist, Michael Goodwin, apparently prompted by Lynch’s outrage, wrote a column calling the editorials a “shameful attack” and wondering “if simple fairness is too much to ask if you are a cop.”

Sept. 15, 2015 This week’s Chief Leader reports on Gov. Cuomo’s continued public support for the equalization of disability benefits; the PBA’s questioning of the city’s intention to make a massive investment in crime victim’s assistants; the PBA’s defense of an officer effecting an arrest of a misidentified perp.
Sept. 12, 2015

PBA president Pat Lynch defends the officer in the mistaken identity arrest noting that the officer was professional and prevented what he believed to be a person who just committed a crime from fleeing.  The defense was reported in: New York Times; Newsday; Wall Street Journal and the Daily News and on ABC Channel 7 News, WPIX 11 TV News and New York 1 News.

Sept. 11, 2015

At the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pat Lynch joined Vice President Joe Biden, Governor Andrew Cuomo, UFA President Steve Cassidy, and Billy Joel for the kickoff of the 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride.  See video of Pat Lynch's remarks here, or watch the full event.

PBA president Pat Lynch calls the modifying of a police officer in a mistaken identity arrest is “premature and unwarranted” and that no officer should face punitive action before a thorough investigation is done.  Lynch’s comments were reported in the Daily News, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and DNAInfo and on CBS2 News; WINS radio: New York 1 News; Fox 5 News; PIX 11 News and NBC 4 News.

In a story about the fight to renew the Zadroga Act, AM New York mentions the "Take Action" tool available on the PBA website. This tool allows visitors to contact their Congressional representatives to urge them to support the extension of the Zadroga Act's healthcare and compensation programs for 9/11 first responders and survivors.  It is especially important for out-of-state PBA retirees and police supporters to remind their representatives that this is not just a New York issue.

Sept. 10, 2015

At the Police Memorial Wall in Battery Park City, Pat Lynch joined Commissioner Bratton to speak at the NYPD Emerald Society's annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, which featured pipe bands from several local law enforcement agencies and the Marine Corps marching band.  See the PBA-recorded video of highlights of the event.

Sept. 8, 2015

The New York Post reports on the City’s intention to spend $27 million on crime victim’s “advocates.”  Lynch said: “…that any massive investment of tax dollars would be better spent by preventing citizens from being victimized in the first place and you do that by hiring more police officers.” See Lynch's full statement.

The Chief Leader ran a photo with caption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo accepting the  “Man of the Year” award from PBA president Pat Lynch at the union’s 121st Annual PBA Convention in Albany. 

In an editorial inspired by the reported disagreement of PC Bratton and former PC Kelly, the Chief reports the reduction in SQF resulted from a memo calling for “quality” stops as opposed to “quantity” of stops mandated by illegal quotas.

Sept. 4, 2015 The Post and Time Warner Capital Region report on the PBA honoring Governor Andrew Cuomo with the "Man of the Year" award at the PBA convention.  In his remarks, Cuomo said that New York City police officers "saved the city" and "deserve to be paid for the job that [they] do." He also reiterated his support for legislation to equalize disability pension benefits for all police officers, calling the current disparity in benefits "unconscionable."
Sept. 1, 2015 Following interviews of both candidates by the PBA’s Political Action Committee, the union endorsed former Congressman Michael McMahon who also served Staten Island in the City Council.  Pat Lynch called McMahon “…by far the best choice” for District Attorney on Staten Island.  The story was reported by the Wall Street Journal; New York 1 News and the Staten Island Advance.  See Lynch’s unedited remarks in a PBA recorded video here

The Chief Leader reports the union’s objections and concerns over the SQF receipt issuance policy which Pat Lynch slammed as a disincentive to proactive policing that will erode public safety.

Aug. 31, 2015 Newsday reports on the considerable pushback against the so-called “right to know act” currently stalled in the City Council because of opposition by the PBA, the Mayor and the Police Commissioner.  Pat Lynch is quoted calling the proposals saying the “negative anti-police message that the City Council consistently sends is a disincentive to proactive policing.” 

Famed reporter/author Ken Auletta in the New Yorker magazine writes a lengthy assessment of the use of the “Broken Windows theory” and PC Bratton’s return to NYC in which Pat Lynch is quoted on the difficult relationship between rank and file officers and City Hall among other things.

On the steps of Staten Island Borough Hall, Pat Lynch and PBA board members announced the PBA's endorsement of former Congressman Mike McMahon for Staten Island District Attorney.  Watch the PBA-recorded video of the announcement here.

Aug. 27, 2015 Following a lengthy New York 1 News report on the NYPD’s voluntary body cam program, reporter Courtney Gross explains that the PBA is opposed to the cameras and has lodged an improper practice motion with the city claiming that the use of the cameras should be the subject of bargaining.
Aug. 26, 2015 The PBA’s vehement opposition to Federally mandated “Stop and Frisk Receipts” is verbalized by Pat Lynch in reports in the NY Daily News; Newsday; New York 1 News; ABC 7 News; NBC 4 News; WOR radio news and PIX 11 News.
Aug. 19, 2015 Following reports that two police officers would be transferred after being photographed with body-painted street performers in Times Square, Pat Lynch told the Daily News, CBS News Channel 2, ABC News Channel 7, and WCBS Radio that the officers were being held to a different, unfair standard and had done nothing that warranted the punishment.  Read Lynch's full comments here.
Aug. 18, 2015 The Chief reports on the PBA's support for the New York Dominican Officers Organization's charitable mission to provide school supplies and medical care for needy children in the Dominican Republic. 

The Chief also reports on last week's press conference attended by Pat Lynch to support renewal of the Zadroga Act.

Aug. 17, 2015 In an editorial calling for renewal of the Zadroga Act, the Staten Island Advance quotes Pat Lynch's call for permanent funding of the World Trade Center treatment and monitoring programs, because "there is no clock running on the diseases that afflict hundreds of police officers today as a result of the exposure to the toxins and carcinogens during the rescue, recovery and cleanup from the attack."
Aug. 12, 2015 The New York Post and WINS radio reports a steep decline in the confiscation of illegal weapons. Pat Lynch explains that the anti-police laws and restrictive policies are a disincentive to police officers being proactive and blames it primarily on politicians. Read Lynch’s entire statement here

The SI Island Advance reports on the news conference that Pat Lynch attended hosted by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand calling attention to the urgent need to refund the Zadroga bill permanently.  Lynch is quoted in the article. The story was also reported on CBS TV News, News 12 TV News. WLNY TV News, and Fox TV News.

Aug. 11, 2015 Pat Lynch spoke alongside Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, other elected officials and 9/11 responders at a Staten Island news conference calling on Congress to renew the Zadroga Act and continue funding for the WTC Health Program.  Lynch said that the nation has a moral obligation to continue caring for injured or ill 9/11 responders, adding that it is equally important “for those young police officers and firefighters that are out on patrol right now to know that we take our moral obligations seriously.” Watch the PBA-recorded video of Lynch's remarks.

The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s warnings about the chilling effect on law enforcement activities that the new stop and frisk procedures introduced by the Federal Monitor will have. 

The Chief also reports on the UFA contract which notes Pat Lynch’s argument that police officers are still not earning a market rate of pay and that we would continue at PERB.

The Chief also reports the Citizen’s Budget Commission’s belief that hiring more police will cause trouble in future city budgets.

The Daily News reports the lawsuit filed against Shea Communications — the PR firm that represented the STS teams in its overwhelming defeat in the last election — for violating the privacy rights of PBA members by using a illegally obtained mailing list which was supplied to a non-bonded mailing house in order to send out election information.

Aug. 8, 2015

PBA president Pat Lynch said that new recommendations regarding stop, question and frisk presented by the Federal Monitor along with other procedural changes “…will ensure the demise of proactive policing in this city and undoubtedly lead to increased crime.”  The story was reported in Newsday and the Wall Street Journal and on New York 1.

Aug. 7, 2015 The Times, Daily News, Newsday, NY1, Post and CBS radio report on the tentative seven-year contract between the City and the firefighters’ union.  Pat Lynch notes in these reports that the job of NYC police officers — who are still severely underpaid in comparison with other police officers, both locally and nationwide — is very different and has become more dangerous and complicated in recent years.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.
Aug. 4, 2015 The Post and Daily News report on the settlement of a pregnancy discrimination complaint by a police officer who was denied the right to reschedule a Sergeant's exam she missed while in the hospital giving birth.  The settlement, which is the result of a collaborative effort by the PBA and Legal Momentum, a women's legal defense and advocacy group, requires the City to allow rescheduling of exams for pregnancy- and childbirth-related reasons, as it does for other conflicts.  Pat Lynch applauded the settlement, noting that "police officers should not be forced to choose between starting a family and seeking a promotion." Read Legal Momentum's release on the settlement here.

The Chief reports the PBA's serious concerns about body-worn cameras and Pat Lynch's call for more extensive study following the IG's report.

July 31, 2015 Pat Lynch states emphatically that the PBA has “serious concerns” about the use of body-worn cameras and that they need to be “extensively studied” before implementation.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.  The story was reported by: NY Times; Wall Street Journal; Newsday; Daily News; Post. The story was also broadcast on PIX 11 News; CBS 2 News; WINS Radio; Fox 5 TV News; New York 1 News and WLNY News.
July 24, 2015 Pat Lynch's defense of two officers seen using necessary force on video is reported on New York 1 News.
July 23, 2015 The Daily News reports Pat Lynch’s belief that placing two police officer on modified duty following an inconclusive video is unwarranted as he outlines the activities that led to the use of force when a career criminal refused to comply and submit to arrest.
July 21, 2015 The Chief Leader reports on the crime stat issue at the 40 pct. and liberally quotes Pat Lynch on the  defense of his members and notes that lack of staff has caused management to hold down crime stats “artificially.”
July 18, 2015

PBA president Pat Lynch defends police officers of the 40 Precinct who are alleged to have downgraded crimes saying officers do as they are told or are punished and that the union will vigorously defend these members.  Stories appeared in print in the Wall Street Journal; Times; Daily News and Newsday. It was broadcast on CBS 2 News; ABC 7 News; NBC 4 News; PIX 11 News; New York 1 News and on WNYC radio; News Radio 880 and 1010 WINS.  Read Lynch’s entire press statement here.

July 14, 2015 The Chief Leader quotes Pat Lynch’s opposition to the appointment of a special prosecutor in death in custody cases.
July 11, 2015 The Wall Street Journal, PIX 11 News and CBS News radio 880 report on the NYPD's plan to gather data from CCRB, lawsuits, sick records and other sources in an effort to develop an "early warning" system for identifying potentially problematic officers.  Pat Lynch slams the idea noting that CCRB complaints and lawsuits are not a measure of an officer's behavior.  Read his entire statement here.
July 9, 2015 PIX 11 News reports the expected signing of an executive order by the Governor appointing a special prosecutor in death in custody cases and reports the PBA’s lengthy objection and concern about it.  The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and Fox 5 News report the actual signing of the order and quote Pat Lynch’s concerns about it.
July 8, 2015 PBA president Pat Lynch’s opposition to the appointment of a Special Prosecutor for death in custody cases was widely reported by the media.  The story was reported in the NY Times; Newsday; Capital NY; NY Post; Daily News and the Wall Street Journal.  The union’s opposition was also mentioned in reports broadcast on New York 1 News; WLNY 1055 TV News and on WNYC radio.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.
July 7, 2015

The Chief Leader reports on the City Council’s “police reform” proposals debated at the recent Public Safety Committee hearing and quotes Pat Lynch saying  “these proposals are neither practical nor workable and simply do not recognize the inherent dangers police officers face,” and “the PBA is calling upon the Council to consider the negative impact of previously-passed law-enforcement legislation on crime-fighting before adopting any new laws.”

July 4, 2015 PBA president Pat Lynch defends an officer using necessary force to effect an arrest of a man with a knife which was videotaped by a bystander.  Lynch called it a “textbook” case and commended the officers for a “job well done.” Stories appeared in the NY Post; ABC 7 News and NBC 4 News.
July 1, 2015 In a Daily News story about an iPhone case in the shape of a realistic-looking handgun, Pat Lynch says that the makers of the case will be earning "blood money" from those who are "foolish enough" to purchase it. He notes that the ill-considered product will endanger “both the lives of those who carry it and the police officers whose job it is to rid the street of illegal guns.”
June 30, 2015

Pat Lynch’s objections to so-called “police reform” bills debated by the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and opposed by the PC were mentioned in a report in Newsday saying it “….could have a further chilling impact on law enforcement."  A NY Post editorial opposing the bills quoted Lynch saying those who drafted them “have neither the expertise nor the experience to establish policy.”  Lynch’s comments were also reported on Fox TV, CBS 2 News and on WINS and WOR radio. 

The Chief Leader reports the PBA’s reaction to the hiring of 1,300 police officers quoting its president saying it was “…a drop in the bucket, since we have lost nearly 7,000 since 2001.  Understaffing not only empowers criminals, but it leads management to make bad policy decisions like quotas for police activities in an effort to compensate for the shortage. The city should fill the new Police Academy now and keep filling it until we reach Safe Streets, Safe City levels of staffing before crime gets out of control.”

June 29, 2015 The Post reports that the PBA is livid over the proposed “reforms” to be debated in the City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting quoting Pat Lynch saying: “These pieces of legislation have been proposed by individuals who have neither the expertise nor the experience to establish policy in the dangerous business of fighting crime.”  The Daily News included the PBA’s opposition to the proposals in piece about gay organizations complaining about police searches and they quote Lynch saying [the proposed laws]: “are unnecessary and redundant and could have a further chilling impact on law enforcement that will make our streets more dangerous.”  Read the PBA’s press release here.
June 24, 2015 The Daily News and Newsday quote Pat Lynch on the hiring of 1,300 new police officers saying it’s “a drop in the bucket” and “understaffing empowers criminals and leads management to make bad policy decisions.”  In Newsday, Lynch also notes that because NYC police officers are not paid appropriately, that a reduction in overtime means a reduction in pay while the PC said that there was still money allotted for overtime.
June 23, 2015

Capital New York, Fox Channel 5 TV News, WABC Channel 7 TV News and WNBC Channel 4 TV News report Pat Lynch’s comment that hiring 1,000 more police officers is “a drop in the bucket” given the department is down by 7,000 since 2001. (See entire statement, and also the full, unedited PBA-recorded interviews with Fox, WABC and WNBC.) 

The Chief Leader reports on efforts to equalize police and firefighter disability benefits and supports that cause in an editorial.  The Chief also reports the UFA and UFO defense of disability pensions for firefighters and managers. 

The PBA’s insistence that a chokehold was not used in the arrest of Eric Garner is mentioned in a Chief story regarding the call to release grand jury minutes in that case.

June 16, 2015

The Legislative Gazette reports on the PBA/UFA rally in Albany and the political skullduggery by City Hall to undermine both unions’ efforts.  Pat Lynch is quoted at the rally saying:  "You'll talk to some downstate that'll say this is about dollars and cents and we know whether the patch says PD or the patch says FD, this is not about dollars and cents, this is about our brothers and sisters, this is about right and wrong.”

June 12, 2015

In an article about a recent increase in (justifiable) police-involved shootings, the New York Post quotes Pat Lynch saying, "The solution is to bring the NYPD  back to Safe Streets Safe City program level and for the city to stand behind and support police officers."

June 11, 2015

Over one hundred police officers joined Pat Lynch and PBA board members at the arraignment of cold blooded cop killer Demetrius Blackwell in Queens Criminal Court. Afterwards Lynch told assembled reporters that we gather to support the officer’s family and to send a message to the criminal community that when they attack one of us, they attack all of us. (See the full, unedited PBA-recorded video.)  Stories appeared in the Times Union; Newsday; NY Post; NY Daily News, the Wall Street Journal and on FOX TV News, WPIX TV News, News 12 Long Island TV News and WINS radio.

June 10, 2015

In a discussion regarding a city council member’s political future on National Public Radio, the commentator mentions the landslide win by Pat Lynch and notes that it is a clear indication that Lynch’s handling of the Mayor following the assassination of two police officers clearly reflected the voice of his members and that he has been given a “mandate” with his reelection victory.

WOR and WCBS radio continue to report Lynch’s call for the hiring of 2,000 officers twice a year in order to cap rising shootings and murders in the city.

The Times Ledger reports Lynch’s landslide victory and the Mayor’s reaction to it.

June 9, 2015

Speaking to reporters outside yesterday's Medal Day ceremony at 1 Police Plaza, Pat Lynch said that the Summer All Out initiative is a "bandaid approach" and that the only real solution for addressing the recent crime spike is to hire even more police officers than the 1,000 proposed by the City Council.  Reports appeared on ABC 7 News, CBS 2 News, CBS 880 radio and WOR radio.

June 8, 2015

The Chief Leader reports on Lynch’s reelection; his opposition to yet another disability proposal by de Blasio saying:  “Once again the Mayor conjures up yet another disability proposal out of thin air that is inadequate and shortsighted,” as he called for “full restoration of the Tier 2 disability benefits.”  The Chief editorialized on the need for the City to hire more police officers.  The Chief also quotes Lynch in a story about increases in shootings and homicides saying there are not enough cops and there is too much second guessing of their actions.

In PIX 11 news’s “Week in Politics” the anchor notes Lynch reelection with 70% of the vote saying “that says a lot…”

June 6, 2015

Reports of the Lynch landslide reelection appear in the NY Times; Daily News; NY Post; Newsday; the Wall Street Journal, DNAinfo and the Observer. News reports also appear on News12 TV Long Island, ABC TV Channel 7, CBS TV Channel 2, WPIX TV Channel 11, and New York 1 as well as WINS radio, WCBS radio, and WNYC radio.

Daily News story in which Mayor de Blasio and his wife long for the 70s, the years the paper noted of blackouts, riots, the Son of Sam and over 1,500 murders in the streets, Pat Lynch states that to stop shootings and murders that are on the rise, the city has to hire thousands of more police officers, train them to find illegal guns and stop second guessing them when a good stop doesn't produce a weapon. 

June 3, 2015

As reported in the Daily News, Newsday, ABC 7 News and New York 1 News, PBA president Pat Lynch says that the increase in shootings and murders are a result of a serious shortage of police officers, too many layers of oversight and “the constant second guessing” of police officers doing the difficult job of fighting crime.  Stories also appear in the Post, Times and Wall Street Journal.

June 1, 2015

Pat Lynch appeared on New York 1 News "Inside City Hall" for a lengthy, free wheeling discussion of staffing; contracts, arbitration all in the context of the PBA election. 

May 30, 2015

The PBA/UFA call for equalization of disability pension made during a news conference on the steps of City Hall and in testimony by Pat Lynch and Steve Cassidy was reported by: The Post; Wall Street Journal; Newsday; Daily News: Capital NY: DNAinfo; New York 1 TV News and WNYC radio.

May 29, 2015

The PBA and UFA conducted a news conference today on the steps of City Hall just prior to Pat Lynch and Steve Cassidy giving testimony to the City Council on the urgent need to equalize Tier 3 disability benefits.  Among the several hundred police officers and firefighters who attended a group of Tier 3 police officers who were all injured in the line of duty including: Rosa Rodriguez, James Li and Ken Healey.  The Comptroller and Public Advocate for the City spoke of the absolute need to correct this problem.  City council members and State Assemblyman Peter Abbate, who sponsored special legislation in Albany, all speak strongly in support of the legislation.  Click here to see and hear an excerpt of Pat Lynch’s remarks at the conference.The entire 29-minute news conference, including questions and answers from the press in an unedited PBA recorded video, is available here. 

DNAinfo reports that the State Senate passed a bill to equalize disability pensions across the state which includes NYC police officers and firefighters.  That is the first in a three step process (approval by the Assembly and a sign off by the Governor are still required to make it law) that may result in achieving at the state level what the City Council has prevented us from doing to date.  This is a direct result of the PBA’s multi-pronged approach to achieving disability equality for its members.

May 28, 2015

PBA president Pat Lynch alerts members to potential danger created by the unlawful use of an unauthorized mailing list provided to an unauthorized commercial mailing house by Brian Fusco’s STS slate.  Lynch’s concerns were reported in the Post and the Daily News.  Read his entire remarks here.

May 26, 2015

The Chief Leader interviews Pat Lynch regarding the election and reviews his team’s past accomplishments and history.  They also report on the “Finest of the Finest” ceremony conducted last week and publish a photo and caption of Lynch and others who were honored by the Columbia Association.  The Chief also reports on the combined Police/Fire reaction to de Blasio’s insufficient disability proposal.

May 24, 2015

The New York Post, Daily News and CBS radio report the victory in the PBA supported civil lawsuit against the NYPD’s Counseling Services Unit which damaged officer’s careers by basing diagnosis of alcohol abuse upon baseless claims by individuals who had ulterior motives.  PBA president Pat Lynch called the win “an important victory in our long-running campaign against mistreatment of police officers by the Department’s alcohol and substance abuse counseling unit.”  Read the entire press release with Lynch’s remarks here.

May 22, 2015

Fifty-one police officers were honored by their peers at the PBA’s “Finest of the Finest Awards” for incredible acts of bravery.  Stories were published in the Daily News and NY Post and broadcast on CBS 2 News; ABC 7 News; and New York 1 News.

May 21, 2015

The Daily News published a “curtain raiser” in advance of the PBA’s Finest of the Finest Awards luncheon at which police officers are honored by their peers for their courage and selflessness.

May 19, 2015

The Chief Leader reports the PBA and UFA’s firm opposition to de Blasio’s disability proposal and writes an editorial calling it “half-hearted.”

Pat Lynch speaks with PIX 11 News regarding a so called “art project” that simulates police shooting people with their hands up.

May 17, 2015

Reported in the Daily News, PBA president Pat Lynch calls a so-called "art project" where the viewer is "shot" after hearing "Police, put your hands up" a "piece of crap" that doesn't qualify as art, noting it is based upon a lie and misrepresents police use of force.

May 16, 2015

The Daily News, Wall Street Journal, WINS radio and CBS radio 880 report Gov. Cuomo’s support for Pat Lynch’s call to equalize disability benefits for all police officers. New York 1 News interviews Pat Lynch regarding the Governor’s support for equalizing disability benefits for police officers.

May 15, 2015

An Associated Press story reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sides with the police and fire unions in their fight to equalize disability pensions for all of their members.  The story, written by Colleen Long, went national and was reported in AP, Newsday; Capital NY, The Washington Times, Fox TV News; the San Francisco Gate, WCAX TV Vermont, the Daily Journal (upstate NY).  Cuomo’s support for Lynch’s call also aired on CBS 880 News radio; WNYC radio; and on WINS radio

In a NY Times story about fewer civilian complaints against NYC police officers but with more MOS caught lying about incidents, Pat Lynch calls for complainants to swear to their complaint under pain of perjury and is quoted saying “It is patently unjust that police officers are the only ones held accountable for the statements they make to C.C.R.B. investigators.” 

May 14, 2015

Associated Press reporter Colleen Long reports Governor Cuomo's absolute support for the equalization of disabilities for police officers and firefighters.

PBA president Pat Lynch and UFA president Steve Cassidy are quoted in the NY Post; Newsday and in Capital NY on Mayor de Blasio’s alternative to full Tier 2 disability benefits for police and firefighters hired after 2009 saying: “The plan is unacceptable” because it “leaves in place a two tiered disability structure with some police officers and firefighters having adequate disability protections and others with inferior benefits.” Read the entire joint Lynch/Cassidy release here.

May 9, 2015

The Daily News, Times, Post, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, NY1 News, WPIX News and WCBS radio report on the massive turnout for PO Moore’s funeral.  The Daily News editorializes saying “Brian Moore’s Life mattered.”   The Post writes about the return of some officers from Louisiana who also attended Officers Liu and Ramos’ funerals. 

The Daily News and Fox News report Pat Lynch’s comments about the “dire” need for more police officers.

The New York Times published a pre-election “profile” of Pat Lynch noting that he was elected to clean up a corrupt and ineffective union and reporting Lynch’s belief that his role is not to make himself popular with the public but to speak the minds and concerns of the members who elected him.

May 8, 2015

The NY Times quotes Pat Lynch saying of a budget without increased numbers of police: “A safe city thrives while a dangerous one dies”  while Fox 5 News quotes Lynch citing the "dire need" for more police to curb neighborhood shootings. Read Lynch’s entire statement here.

May 6, 2015

New York 1 News and the NY Daily News report on the appearance of an improved relationship between the PBA and City Hall.

While reporting the tragic death of PO Moore, CNN News makes note of Lynch’s moving tribute that after NYC police officers honor their fallen brother, they will return to the job “with sadness in their eyes but bravery in their hearts.”

May 5, 2015

Print media report the passing of hero Police Officer Brian Moore.  Pat Lynch is quoted in several of the reports published in the Daily News; Wall Street Journal; NY Post; Newsday; NY Times and the Chief Leader

The Chief Leader and DNAinfo report on the changing relationship between City Hall and the PBA.

The Washington Post quotes Pat Lynch during the arraignment of Officer Moore’s killer saying “when you attack one of us, you attack all of us.”

May 4, 2015

Pat Lynch speaks at the hospital following the announcement of the passing of hero Police Officer Brian Moore.  Reports aired on ABC 7 News; CBS 2 News; National Public Radio; ABC 770 Radio’s Mike Gallagher show; ABC 770 news. See also the press release.

Following the horrendous shooting of Police Officer Brian Moore, Pat Lynch notes in the Daily News that “It’s getting too dangerous on the streets when everything turns into a confrontation…” and states in another Daily News article that NYC police officers will rise to the occasion and do their job, even with the pain of a brother officer’s serious injury.  Newsday and New York 1 News reports Lynch’s request that the public pray for police officer Moore and his family following a sobering visit to the hospital.   The NY Times reports Lynch’s lament that today, a call of “Police, don’t move” results in a fight or, as in this tragic case, gun fire.  The Wall Street Journal reports Mayor de Blasio’s praise for the leadership of the PBA despite previous confrontations.  Fox News; Fox’s Good Day NY; PIX 11 News; CBS News Radio 880; WINS Radio; ABC News RadioWOR radio news reports on the shooter’s arraignment and Lynch’s comments outside the Queen’s Courthouse.

Apr. 29, 2015

The Staten Island Advance, Capital NY and WINS radio report on the PBA & UFA's announcement of a joint march up the Canyon of Heroes to City Hall on May 6 to demand equal disability pension benefits for police officers and firefighters.  Pat Lynch said the that the unions are calling on city leaders to honor their "moral obligation to protect police officer and firefighters who are injured in its service."  Police officers and firefighters participating in the march will gather at Battery Park's northeast corner at 10am on May 6.  For more details, see the full announcement.

Apr. 28, 2015

The Chief reports Pat Lynch's criticism of the Inspector General's suggestion that lawsuit data be used to evaluate police officers' performance. Lynch said that the proposal makes no sense because so many suits against police officers are "baseless, frivolous and only filed to make a quick buck."

Apr. 23, 2015

In the Post, Pat Lynch blasts a jury's failure to convict a "wannabe cop-killer" on the top charge of attempted murder for stabbing Police Officer Eder Loor in the head in 2012.  Lynch said it is "impossible to conceive of a reason why this jury got this verdict so wrong" and called on the judge to impose the maximum sentence allowed for the lesser conviction of assault.

Apr. 22, 2015

Pat Lynch argues that the IG’s report suggesting the use of lawsuit data to evaluate police officers’ performance makes no sense because most lawsuits are baseless and are filed to make a quick buck.  Lynch is quoted saying: “Given that many, if not most, of the lawsuits filed against New York City police officers are baseless, frivolous and only filed to make a quick buck, we don’t see where there is any validity to using them in evaluating the actions of individual officers."  Reports appeared in the Daily News, Post and in Capital NY as well as WCBS radio and WINS radio. Read Lynch’s entire statement here.

The Wall Street Journal and WOR radio report that the NYPD is eliminating the “Quest for Excellence” productivity report that Pat Lynch called an attempt to legitimize quotas. In the story, Lynch said: “The Quest for Excellence is a “veiled attempt at legitimizing illegal enforcement quotas that this union has opposed since its introduction. Its elimination is long overdue and we applaud the change.  Time will tell if this is the first step toward the elimination of enforcement quotas.”

Apr. 21, 2015

The Chief Leader reports on Lynch’s call to require CCRB complainants to swear to their complaint under penalty of perjury.  Lynch said the PBA “has long advocated for such a change in the CCRB’s procedures....and we believe the time has come to effect its implementation.”  He continued that such a policy “falls short of rectifying the injustice and imbalance that currently exists.” He said the CCRB should go further, requiring that complainants and witnesses swear to the truth of their allegations before a complaint is accepted for filing.”

Apr. 14, 2015

The Post reports on Pat Lynch's letter to CCRB Chairman Richard Emery criticizing the board for backing away from a proposal to require complainants to swear to their statements under penalty of perjury.  Lynch noted that it is "patently unjust" that only police officers are held accountable for their statements to CCRB investigators, and that their careers are derailed by the mere filing of false, malicious complaints.  He called on the board to move forward with the proposed rule change and strengthen it by requiring complaints to be sworn at the time of filing. Read Lynch's letter and full statement.

The Chief reports on the PBA's efforts to seize the funds in cop-killer Herman Bell's prison account on behalf of the families of the two police officers that he and others ambushed and murdered.

Apr. 8, 2015 Cop-killer Herman Bell’s lawyer claims in a Daily News story that Bell has paid his debt to society and that the effort to seize his client’s inmate fund of over $10,000 is vengeance by the PBA.  Pat Lynch responded by saying: “Herman Bell can never repay the pain and suffering that he has inflicted on the families of two brave police officers and the city that they served.  He has denied two families the priceless warmth and love of a husband and father.  Absent a viable death penalty, justice will be served by Herman Bell remaining in prison for the rest of his life.”

Apr. 6, 2015

The Post and Daily News report on the PBA’s lawsuit to seize cop-killer Herman Bell’s inmate account for the families of the two police officers that he and others killed in cold blood in 1971.  PBA president Pat Lynch said: ““We believe that we have a solemn obligation to the families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty to do all that we can to help them physically, morally and financially.  The loss of these brave police officers continues to cause pain and difficulties for those left behind that never diminishes, even with the long passage of time.” 

In a separate Post story reporting Commissioner Bratton’s call to hire more police officers, PBA president Pat Lynch ups the ante by calling for the hiring of 6,000 more officers due to the increased demand for police services.

Apr. 1, 2015

Newsday reports on the PBA's ad campaign pressing city and state lawmakers to pass legislation equalizing disability benefits for New York City police officers.


Mar. 31, 2015

The Daily News’s gossip column called “Confidential” reports that some night club owners are reluctant to “get too close” to actor Lillo Brancato because of the PBA’s call to avoid supporting his acting career for his role in the death of police officer Daniel Enchautegui.

The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s call to avoid the movie which features actor/junkie/felon Lillo Brancato and reports on the annual charity show staged by the Inner Circle, a group of reporters who cover City Hall.  The satirical show is a send-up of the City’s most prominent people in the news and included several parody songs about the PBA and its president, Pat Lynch.

Mar. 26, 2015

The Daily News reports a dramatic change in disciplinary policy that shifts minor infractions to local Commanders while only major violations will be investigated and processed by IAB.  See Pat Lynch’s entire statement to the Daily News. 

CBS 2 TV news and Staten Island Advance report the PBA’s reaction to thug Lillo Brancato’s return to acting, noting Pat Lynch’s request for people to avoid seeing the movie.

Mar. 25, 2015

PBA president Pat Lynch tells actor turned junkie/burglar Lillo Brancato, who is in part responsible for the death of hero officer Daniel Enchautegui, to look for redemption and forgiveness “…somewhere else because he’s not going to find it among the ranks of NYC police officers.”  The story was reported in the Daily News; Post; on TMZ celebrity news; WABC TV News and WINS radio, and the Post had an additional story with the reaction of Daniel’s sister, Yolanda Nazario.

Mar. 24, 2015

In this week’s Chief Leader, Pat Lynch notes that the “personal rights pendulum has swung way out of control” with court ordered changes to patrol rules for apartment complexes.  Lynch also praises a federal court’s decision to require input from unions on changes to patrol policies and procedures requested by the federal monitor.  Following more misinformation from the Fusco campaign, he PBA president Lynch also set the record straight about the union’s political endorsement process.  The Chief Leader’s editorial for the week called “Fusco’s False Indictment” takes the insurgent to task while noting cases where former DA Joe Hynes sought and frequently got indictments against police officers.

Mar. 20, 2015

The Post, Daily News, Newsday, Courthouse News and WNYC news radio report on the Federal Court’s ruling that police unions should have input on changes to policy or procedures to be implemented by the federal monitor, noting PBA president Pat Lynch’s praise for the decision and pledge to protect the rights of the PBA’s  members.

Mar. 18, 2015

PBA president says Brian Fusco participated in the committee interview and “was energetically supportive of Thompson’s endorsement,” and “…seems to have forgotten the record of the previous Brooklyn DA, who never hesitated to indict a police officer,” in a Post story that reports the lies being spread by the insurgent candidate for PBA office regarding the race for Brooklyn DA.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.

Mar. 17, 2015

Pat Lynch told the media that the court decision forcing the NYPD to change how to patrol public housing and apartment buildings  “…is protecting the rights of criminals while blatantly violating the rights of residents to have a home free of threats and criminality.”  Stories ran in the Post and the Daily News.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.   

The Daily News also reported the UFA’s rally to equalize disability benefits and quotes Pat Lynch calling it the city’s “moral obligation.”

Mar. 15, 2015

The Daily News and WCBS radio report PBA president Pat Lynch’s criticism of the idea of “customer satisfaction surveys” suggested by the Police Commissioner saying New Yorkers are not shy about voicing their opinion and any future investment in the NYPD should be to hire more officers.  See Lynch’s entire quote.

Mar. 13, 2015

The NY Post reports on proposed changes to CCRB policy that include important recommendations by the PBA.  Lynch says: “We will watch with great interest the reaction to these proposals and the end result will show us if they intend to be serious about civilian complaints in the future or if they will continue down the same, inept cop-bashing road.”  See Lynch’s entire statement here.

Mar. 12, 2015

WOR radio picked up a story reported in the Post regarding the impact of lessened marijuana enforcement and quotes Pat Lynch as saying reduced enforcement encourages more sales and violence between drug dealers making the streets less safe for everyone.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.

Mar. 11, 2015

DNAInfo’s Murray Weiss reports on the upcoming PBA election in his column “On the Inside” where he quotes Pat Lynch saying: “One thing that I brought into this organization is being an outspoken leader, that we will defend you and represent you, even in controversies. We pride ourselves on being out there all the time, fighting the fight every day, whether it is City Hall or not. I brought that into the organization.”

Mar. 10, 2015

The New York Post reports an apparent conflict between the Mayor and PC regarding the impact of lessened enforcement of marijuana laws which includes a quote from Pat Lynch that says more drug dealing makes the streets more dangerous which requires more police to keep citizens safe.  Read Lynch’s entire statement.

This week’s Chief Leader reports Pat Lynch’s observation that the court required new SQF policy will make “…a difficult job more difficult and dangerous for our members.”  The Chief also editorializes on the issue noting: “Mr. Lynch, who to his credit complained about the illegal quotas at the time rather than hunkering down with the Mayor, last week lamented that the department, under pressure from the Federal court system, was making his members bear ‘responsibility for the problem that [the old regime] created.’” The Chief also reported on arbitration dates being set and changes to some patrol duties.

Mar. 9, 2015

Renowned veteran police reporter, Murray Weiss, writes in DNA Info “On the Inside” column that PBA president Pat Lynch has “no regrets” about his feud with the Mayor and believes that the pressure from the PBA and the general public was a “game changer” in the Mayor’s decision to show real support for NYC police officers. 

The NY Post reports the brutal beating of two officers in the Housing Bureau where Lynch calls for maximum punishment for the four arrested attackers.  See Lynch’s entire statement.

Mar. 6, 2015

PIX 11 News and 1010 WINS radio report PBA president Pat Lynch’s objection to new, more complex stop, question and frisk regulations.  Read Lynch’s entire reaction to the changes here.

Mar. 5, 2015

PBA president Pat Lynch speaks with CBS @ news’s Tony Aiello about the recently changed provision for stop, question and frisk.

Mar. 4, 2015

The Post, Newsday and Daily News report on new stop, question and frisk procedures  which PBA president Pat Lynch said will make “…a difficult job more difficult and dangerous for members.”  He also noted that it is unfairly placing the burden for a bad management policy on the shoulders of police officers.  See Lynch entire statement here. 

On a different topic, Capital NY’s Sally Goldenberg looks into the history of PBA contracts, past arbitration results and the challenge presented in the next arbitration case.

Mar. 3, 2015

Reports from this week’s Chief Leader:  PBA president Lynch slams quotas while he stands up for police officer’s rights saying; “New York City police officers have the same right and obligation to speak out against unjust or unfair policies as any other citizen.  This decision comes at an important time because despite management’s claim that they want quality not quantity, illegal quotas for police activities are, unfortunately, alive and well in the NYPD.”. 

In a story about political opponents proposing an “opt in” to Tier 6 pension for police officers that would double pension contributions from officers and only protect some, Lynch said:  “No political campaign should ever seek to undermine our efforts on behalf of our members, or to advance their own interests to the detriment of police officers and that’s what they are doing.” 

In a piece about the Governor’s plan to create an overseer for police related death grand juries, Lynch warned against structuring a system that would be more punitive toward police officers than to members of the public.


Feb. 27, 2015

Pat Lynch tells the media that the PBA has been warning about the dangers of quotas for over a decade and that police officers have the same right to speak out about unfair or unjust work practices as anyone else after the Appellate Court rules that a NYCLU/PBA suit on behalf of PO Craig Matthews can proceed.  Reports appear in the NY Times, BuzzFeed, Daily News and the NY Post.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.

Feb. 26, 2015

The story about little Savannah Solis being honored by the NYPD aired on dozens of TV stations across the country on local affiliates of two main networks: CBS and ABC.   Representing all of the members of the NYC PBA, Pat Lynch expresses our appreciation for young Savannah’s support and kindness.

Capital NY reports Pat Lynch’s scolding his political opponents for putting their agenda ahead of the welfare of PBA members.  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.

Feb. 25, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports; “Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, “unquestionably” believes the comptroller’s analysis shows the city has the money to give officers the raises they are seeking…”  See Lynch’s full remarks calling for more, competitively paid professional police officers.

PBA president Pat Lynch and board members represent all PBA members at a tribute to 4th grader Savannah Solis who sent cards in support of the NYPD following the murder of POs Liu and Ramos.  CBS news reports: PBA President Pat Lynch said it’s people like Savannah who inspire New York City cops to keep going.“I’m here on behalf of every New York City police officer to say ‘thank you.’ Thank you for reminding us that across this country people like you appreciate folks like us.”  Lynch and PBA board members are also seen at the event in a report aired on PIX 11 News.

Feb. 24, 2015

The Chief Leader reports Pat Lynch’s objection to changes in the grand jury system noting that there “…should not be a separate system of justice for police officers.”    They also report on the PBA’s role in having the director of the Bronx Defenders dropped as an honoree by Harvard Law School where Lynch praised the decision and “…the need to support police officers and, even more importantly, the need to denounce violence against police officers.”

Feb. 20, 2015

Proof that the department still seeks "numbers" of summonses in the form of an illegal quota is reported in the NY Post.  Pat Lynch indicates that the department's call for "quality not quantity" is bunk and calls for a stop to quotas, citing the damage they have caused in police/community relations over the years.

Feb. 18, 2015

CBS News radio 880 reports Pat Lynch's objection to a "separate system of justice" for police officers following the NYS Chief Judge's suggestion that grand juries considering deaths or injuries in police cases should be overseen by a judge.

The NY Times quotes Pat Lynch’s objection to proposed changes in the Grand Jury system saying, in part, “The rule of law should apply evenly and fairly to all without exception. There should not be a separate system of justice for police officers.”  Read Lynch’s entire statement here.

Feb. 17, 2015

The Post reports that Harvard Law School has cancelled its plans to honor Robin Steinberg who has been suspended for 60 day as director of the Bronx Defenders for participating in a cop-killer video.  Pat Lynch objected to her being honored in an earlier Post story and praises the decision to withdraw her as an honoree stating “…that they recognize the need to support police officers and, even more importantly, the need to denounce violence against police officers.”

The Daily News reports that cop-killer Bruce Lorick who murdered PO Joe Keegan in 1980 over the price of a subway ride, is so confident that he will be paroled, that he is lining up dates on a “meet an inmate” website.  Pat Lynch joins family members of the deceased officer in opposing the parole and is quoted saying in part: “Like all of the other cold-blooded cop-killers, Bruce Lorick should not be granted parole now or ever.” 

The Chief Leader reports on the surrender of PO Liang in the accidental shooting death in the Pink Houses and quotes Lynch’s call for due process for the officer.  An opinion piece on the same topic in the Chief discusses Lynch’s call to remember that the officer was patrolling one of the most dangerous housing projects in the city.

In a separate story in the Chief about the relationship between the police unions and the Mayor focusing on the need for more officers, Pat Lynch said  “It is an issue that impacts public safety as well as the safety and quality of life of our officers, who are being denied the time off they need to recharge and de-stress themselves from a high-pressure, high-risk job. If we are to keep the city safe from traditional crime and terrorism, then we must begin staffing up now because it is a slow process to recruit, hire and train police officers.”

Feb. 16, 2015

As reported by the New York Post, PBA president Pat Lynch questions an award being presented to the suspended head of the Bronx Defenders by Harvard noting that the university should be embarrassed by the selection lacking integrity and judgment. 

Feb. 11, 2015

With the indictment of an officer in the accidental discharge death of a man, Pat Lynch calls for the same due process for the officer as anyone else would receive and calls for consideration of the dangerous patrol duty the officer was assigned to do.  Reports appeared in: Daily News; Newsday; Wall Street Journal: Bloomberg News: NY Magazine: MSNBC Today (print): WSFA TV Troy NY: Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Also on ABC 7 TV News;  1010 WINS radio: CBS News radio 880: PIX 11 TV News: NPR/WNYC radio News.

This week’s Chief Leader covers Lynch’s seven-point plan to improve safety for officers and the public, and his call to disbar the Bronx Defenders attorneys who just resigned.

Feb. 9, 2015

Following an appearance in Bronx Criminal Court where dates were being set for the trial of six MOS in the ticket fixing case, Pat Lynch explains to several reporters that the officers should never have been charged with a crime and that the PBA has supported them and will continue to support them with the best attorneys and by appearing at virtually every court date in support of these wrongfully accused officers.  See a brief PBA recorded video here.

Feb. 7, 2015

Nine days after PBA president Pat Lynch called for the immediate purchase of new vests and the establishment of a replacement program for vests that have passed their warranty date, Mayor de Blasio, Council Speaker Viverito and Commissioner Bratton agreed to purchase the best available vests and replace old ones at a news conference held at the 34 Pct. Stories were published in the Daily News; Post; Wall Street Journal and Newsday and were aired on NY 1 News; NBC 4 News; CBS 2 News; News radio 880 AM; 1010 WINS radio; The Call on NY 1; The Ride Home with Rita Cosby on ABC radio 770.  Pat Lynch said the PBA has long been fighting for these programs and that it represents “true support” for NYC police officers. Read Lynch’s full statement on this issue.

Feb. 5, 2015

As reported in the Daily News, PBA president Pat Lynch expresses the gratitude of all PBA members to the Detroit Police Department for their investigation and arrest of a deranged man threatening to behead a NYC  police officer.

Pat Lynch discusses a wide range of topics with radio host John Gambling on AM 970 The Answer including excessive oversight of police, anti-police climate, relationship with the Mayor and PC, morale, the need for vests and more.

Following Commissioner Bratton’s and PBA president Pat Lynch’s testimony before the NYS Senate panel on police safety and public protection, Newsday reports Lynch’s call to add 7,000 officers to return to 1999 level staffing saying "If staffing is not increased, some of the public's calls for help will go unanswered.”  JP Updates reports Lynch’s seven-point plan to improve police and public safety which includes a moratorium on local police related law; hiring more officers; upgrading and replacing expired vests; equalizing pension disability benefits for Tier 3 officers; ensuring due process for police officers; providing anti-terrorism kits to every MOS and increasing penalties for assaulting police officers.   The Daily News reports the Commissioner and Lynch’s objections to a grand jury monitor in police related deaths with Lynch noting it “would effectively place police officers in a separate justice system. ...This is a blatantly unjust and inequitable concept.”   The NY Observer focused on the need to keep criminal procedure laws managed at the state level with Lynch saying ““Important issues of criminal justice deserve more careful, deliberate and reasoned consideration, and we believe that the legislature’s statewide purview leaves it better equipped to play that role.”  Capital NY reports Lynch’s call for a moratorium of local police related legislation, a vest upgrade and replacement program and the need for anti-terror weaponry and protection for patrol officers. CBS 2 News and WLNY news reported on the need to equip patrol officers with a terror kit and NBC 4 News reported on the senate hearing.

CBS Radio 880 reports on the PBA’s call to close the Bronx Defenders office for their role in a cop killer video.

Feb. 4, 2015

PBA-recorded video of Pat Lynch's testimony and excerpts from the following Q and A session before a Joint New York State Senate Committee, in which he outlines the PBA's proposals to increase protection for police officers and the public.

Feb. 3, 2015

In the Daily News, Pat Lynch calls for the prosecution on weapons and drug charges of a miscreant who the grand jury did not indict for posting “emoji” terrorist threats against police officers saying "A Legal Aid attorney claims that a police emoji with a gun emoji pointed at it was not a threat but he might feel differently if there was a Legal Aid attorney emoji with a gun pointed at it.”  Read Lynch’s entire statement.

The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s call to defund and investigate the Bronx Defenders for their role in the “Hands UP” cop-killer video.  The Chief also reports the Mayor’s change of heart regarding baseless and frivolous lawsuits against police officers but fails to mention that the PBA called for that action during the Bloomberg administration and more recently, last September, with the deBlasio administration.  (Read the press release and letters.)  Finally, a Chief editorial addresses three police oriented legal matters.


Jan. 30, 2015

A Department of Investigation probe that was initiated at the demands of the PBA determined that the Bronx Defenders knowingly participated in a video promoting the killing of police officers.  Upon the release of the DOI’s findings, Pat Lynch called for the shutting down of the organization and the disbarment of the lawyers (see press release) who participated in the “despicable video.”  The story went national and was covered in: Los Angeles Times; NY Post; Wall Street Journal; The Gothamist; NY Times; Daily News; and Time magazine. Videos appeared on Fox 5 News; CBS 2 News at 5 PM: ABC 7 News; NY 1 News; WLNY 1055 News; WOR radio news; WNYC radio news; CBS 2 News at 6 PM. See the entire, unedited PBA recorded interview with CBS 2 News’s Tony Aiello and Fox News’s Lisa Evers.

In a separate story, the PBA’s call to end the settlement of frivolous lawsuits against police officers has finally been heard by the Police Commissioner and Mayor.  The PBA called upon Mayor de Blasio and the Corporation Counsel to end the practice back in August 2014 (see press release and letter) and the point was driven home by a recent story about a man who attacked an officer with a machete being awarded a $5,000 settlement.  The city believes it cheaper to settle than fight the case in court. In a Post and Newsday story and on CBS 2 News, the PC and Mayor support the PBA’s call to fight these suits. 

Jan. 28, 2015

According to Capital NY, Pat Lynch’s call to purchase vests and establish a replacement program has been heard by the de Blasio administration whose spokesperson said purchases can begin now and a funding for a replacement program has been allotted.  The Daily News, Post and New York 1 also report on the story. See PBA press release.

Jan. 26, 2015

In the New York Post, AM NY, the Daily News and on KTSA radio, PBA president Pat Lynch calls for a halt to city and federal funding to the Bronx Defenders while calling for a thorough investigation of their participation in a rap video calling for the murder of police officers.  The PBA also institutes its own investigation of the issue, hiring an attorney who is the son of an officer killed in the line of duty to spearhead it. See PBA press release.

Jan. 23, 2015

The families of Police Officers Liu and Ramos joined Pat Lynch at the City Council’s vote to rename two streets in their honor.  The story was published in the Daily News; Capital NY and AM NY/Newsday and shown on ABC 7 News.

Jan. 19, 2015

New York 1 News and WINS radio report that Pat Lynch pressure put on City Hall was about getting real support for police officers not an apology from the mayor.

In a letter to the editor of Crain's New York Business, Pat Lynch challenges the magazine's description of the legislation to improve Tier 3 accident disability benefits as a "pension sweetener."

Jan. 17, 2015

The Daily News, Post and Newsday and NY 1 News, ABC 7 News, Fox 5 News, 1010 WINS, and CBS 880 News radio report that Lynch is not concerned with polls of civilians saying “I fight for and speak for police officers of the City of New York and they are the only ones whose opinions I care about.”

NY 1 News reports the union's reaction to the purchase of new vests by the City Council where Pat Lynch praise the move but calls for a steady funding stream for regular replacement.

Jan. 16, 2015

In a Wall Street Journal story about more proposed anti-cop legislation that is before the City Council, Pat Lynch called it an example of the council meddling in NYPD affairs.  In a Daily News follow up story to the manufactured turmoil at the delegate’s meeting Lynch is quoted saying that the Mayor is the roadblock to many improvements for officers because “..he doesn’t care” and noted that it was de Blasio who was stirring it up.

Jan. 15, 2015

The NY Post ran a letter to the editor from Pat Lynch objecting to their Tier 3 editorial called “Paying Off Police” and calling for the equalization of benefits for all police officers.

In a separate story in the Post about de Blasio’s delight in PBA discord, Lynch said the agitators are “…doing the Mayor’s bidding” while saying in a different Post story about the ticket fixing trial that PBA has “been very vocal” about the unfairness of the indictment and has hired “the best counsel for each of the wrongfully accused police officers.”    In a New York Times story about the recent delegate’s meeting Lynch is quoted as saying that the agitators were “…using legitimate complaints about City Hall to repair their own weakened and damaged credibility.”   Dave Evans of ABC 7 News speaks with Pat Lynch regarding an opposition candidate in an upcoming election. 

Newsday, Capital NY all report on the Mayor’s comment that he could not apologize for his core beliefs while the Daily News reports on Lynch’s and Palladino’s meeting with Governor Cuomo.  A Daily News editorial makes the case that the Mayor has inflamed the bad relationship with his attitude by mistaking stubbornness for strength.

Jan. 14, 2015

The Observer and Politicker.com published a profile of PBA president Pat Lynch noting that he was famous, or infamous, depending on your perspective, and outlining his family’s union roots, his joining the force and ultimately his role as a “pugnacious union leader” who unapologetically and vehemently fights for his members.

For the second time in five weeks, agitators have put their personal political interest above the interest of the membership by violating the all important privacy of our delegate’s meetings. First, by making an audio recording of the meeting last month and sending it to reporters and then at the January meeting staging a loud confrontation for a reporter’s benefit.  In doing so, these traitors to the union effectively played right into the hands of our liberal, cop-hating Mayor by giving the false impression that the PBA was divided.  The 400 delegates who attended saw the truth that it was a handful of wannabes orchestrating it for reporters and who then phoned in false accounts to the media.  Here are the stories that these traitors generated that gives the false appearance of a union divided:  The Daily News; The Post: Newsday mentions it in a story about chokehold legislation.

Jan. 13, 2015

In reports in the Daily News, AM New York, Staten Island Advance and Metro newspapers and on NBC4 News and CBS radio, Lynch states that  the Inspector General’s chokehold report shows, among other things, an anti-police bias.  The Times's chokehold story mentions Lynch’s steadfast position that the officer in the Garner case did not use a chokehold.

The Post reports that, following Pat Lynch’s remarks on NPR radio, former PC Ray Kelly noted that the Mayor should apologize for creating a negative atmosphere between police and City Hall.  

In a Wall Street Journal report about Gov. Cuomo stepping in to mediate differences between police and the Mayor, a mayoral aide is reported to have said the anger is contract related which PBA president Lynch denies.

In a NY 1 News report Pat Lynch says that the PBA will be closely monitoring NYPD management for violations of contract and law regarding actions against officers alleged to lack productivity.

 Pat Lynch tells Fox 5 News in a story on terror prep that the PBA supports the department’s tactical memo to be alert and safe.

New York 1 News reports on the “Run for the Blue” car show where Pat Lynch notes the tremendous amount of support for NYC police officers from within and outside of NYC.

Jan. 12, 2015

A front page NY Times analysis of problems between the police and the Mayor takes an in depth look missteps by the mayor’s office.  The Post notes in an editorial that Pat Lynch should move over as the biggest thorn in the Mayor’s side to make room for Gov. Andrew Cuomo who may be ready to step into the mayor/police relationship issue.  Pat Lynch appears on Fox News 5 to support the tactical memo issued to warn MOS how to prevent attacks against police.

Jan. 10, 2015

A Daily News story reports Commissioner Bratton's statement that police activity is on the rise.  The Commissioner said he didn't know the specific cause of the reduced numbers and that he is more concerned about the future than the past.  The same article blames PBA president Lynch for a "slowdown" and goes a step farther by including an editorial called "Pat Lynch: Lawbreaker."  The Daily News also ran a column by a New Yorker citing the heroic work of a lone police officer some 30 years ago.  Newsday also reports on reduced summons issuance and quotes Pat Lynch as saying "our members are doing their jobs." CBS 880 radio news, 1010 WINS radio news and News 12 Long Island TV News all report that the police productivity slowdown was not a "union" slowdown and is costing the city millions in revenue.

Jan. 9, 2015

Newsday reports police unions suggestion for a mediator to step into the fray to resolve issues between the Mayor and Police.  Pat Lynch is quoted from his reaction to Gov. Cuomo’s 2nd inaugural speech as the voice of reason.  In a Newsday opinion piece Dan Janison reports the Mayor and Commissioner are caught between the cops and a hard place.  Columnist Jim Dwyer offers his observations in the Times about a drop in activity and the lack of a contract  while both NewsMax and the Lake Placid News report Lynch’s comments that City Hall is unwilling to resolve problems with police.

NY 1 News, CBS 2 News and NBC 4 News report on the PBA’s ad pushing back on allegations that police/mayoral problems are contract related.  News 12 Long Island follows up on the meeting between the five police unions and the police commissioner while PIX 11 News looks at the impact of less quality of life enforcement in a housing project.

Jan. 8, 2014

Speaking outside 1 Police Plaza following a meeting between the five police unions and Police Commissioner Bratton, Pat Lynch said that the unions' concerns about the safety of police officers and the public were discussed, but there is still no willingness on the part of City Hall to solve these problem.  Lynch's remarks were aired on ABC 7 News, PIX 11 News, CBS 2 News, NPR and WINS radio. New York 1 also referenced the PBA's newspaper ads thanking New Yorkers for their support.  Print stories appeared in the Daily News, Newsday, the Wall Street Journal, Metro, Reuters, DNAinfo and Capital New York.

The Daily News, AM New York and the Post reported on the hospital walkout of P.O. Aliro Pellerano, who was wounded Monday while responding to a robbery in the Bronx. Speaking at the hospital, Pat Lynch praised the bravery and dedication that Pellerano and his colleagues displayed in responding to the call even though they were about to go off duty.  He noted that any other New York City police officer would have done the same.  TV reports on Pellerano's release appeared on Fox 5 News, New York 1, ABC 7 News, NBC 4 News and CBS 2 News.

Capital NY reports that the PBA's campaign to improve accident disability benefits for pension Tier 3 members is gaining ground in the City Council, with more than half of Council Member signing onto a resolution in support of the change.

Jan. 7, 2015

WCBS 880 Radio reported Pat Lynch's praise for the swift apprehension of the suspects who wounded two police officers in the Bronx. Lynch said that cowardly thugs must know that "when you attack one of us, you attack all of us and that the NYPD will do all in its power to bring you to justice and to hold you accountable."

In an interview with the Observer, Pat Lynch said that the recent attacks on police officers have forced the already-understaffed NYPD to devote additional resources to protect its members so that they can protect the public.  These precautions come on top of the drain on resources caused by recent anti-police protests. Lynch's comments on the allegations of an organized "slowdown" were also reported by the Wall Street Journal, Capital New York, the Times, the Daily News, the Staten Island Advance and on PIX 11 News.

Jan. 6, 2015

In interviews on NPR's All Things Considered and with NewsMax TV's Steve Malzberg, Pat Lynch said that the expressions of frustration directed at Mayor de Blasio by police officers and their supporters are a result of the unchecked anti-police climate on the streets, in which every encounter with a police officer turns into a confrontation. The NPR interview was excerpted in stories on Huffington Post, Capital New York and PoliticoABC 7 News aired a portion of the NewsMax interview.

The Chief Leader covers the funeral of P.O. Wenjian Liu along with discussion of the tensions between police officers and City Hall.

Jan. 5, 2015 Amid the extensive coverage of the outpouring of love and respect for PO Liu shown at his funeral, there were sidebar stories about officers turning their backs on the mayor for the third time.  Pat Lynch called it a demonstration of how many officers feel and that it was organic and respectfully done. He also noted that his members have every right to express their feelings and that their feelings should be respected.  Stories appeared in the Daily News, Post, Newsday and Wall Street Journal and on Fox 5 News, New York 1 News, NBC 4 News, and CNN.  Mike Daly of the Daily Beast writes about Pat Lynch’s handling of a difficult situation.
Jan. 4, 2015

Among extensive television coverage of the funeral of fallen police officer Wenjian Liu, PIX 11 News emphasized the outpouring of support from Liu's law enforcement brothers and sisters from departments nationwide. NBC 4 News and the Observer reported Pat Lynch's comment that the decision of some officers and members of the public to turn their backs to the Mayor was an organic gesture that deserves to be respected. Coverage of the funeral also appeared on ABC 7 News and CBS 2 News.

USA Today, the Huffington Post and Newsday reported on the sea of blue that filled the streets of Brooklyn today, as thousands of police officers from every corner of the country gave a final salute to a fallen brother, Wenjian Liu.

The Staten Island Advance interviewed some of the many officers from across the country who paid their respects at the wake for fallen police officer Wenjian Liu. Stories about the wake also appeared in Newsday and the Daily News and on CBS 2 News, ABC 7 News, NBC 4 News, Fox News and News 12 Long Island.

Jan. 3, 2015

While the PBA continues its news blackout out of respect for the families of Officers Liu and Ramos, Pat Lynch's past comments from weeks ago continue to be repeated in breaking news reported in the Daily News and analysis on labor relations on Buzzfeed and in a history of feud between the PBA and the Mayor, also on Buzzfeed.

ABC 7 News reports on the Police Commissioner's memo about behavior at Officer Liu's funeral and uses a sound bite from Pat Lynch from after the five police unions met with the mayor and Bratton.

Jan. 1, 2015

Capital New York and NBC 4 News reported Pat Lynch's comments to Gov. Cuomo's second inaugural address. Lynch expressed his appreciation for Cuomo's call for respect and support for police officers.

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