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December 14, 2018
Why cops need a privacy shield

Pat Lynch’s op-ed in today’s Daily News sets the record straight on the NYS Civil Rights Law Section 50-A, the personnel records law that protects cops, firefighters and other public safety employees from being placed into the public domain.

December 13, 2018
Setting the Record Straight About the HRA Arrest

PBA president Pat Lynch sets the record straight in the case where a woman with a child was arrested at an HRA office. Lynch informed the media that that NYPD officers had convinced the woman to leave and that as she departed, the HRA security grabbed her by the arm and put her on the ground creating a chaotic situation in which NYPD officers had to secure the baby. Stories ran in: Daily News and the Post. TV stories ran on PIX 11 News; New York 1 News and Fox 5 News. See also the PBA letter sent to the City Council.

December 13, 2018
Renewed Call for del Valle to be Fired

The Daily News reported that Mayor de Blasio has not seen the video of OATH Commissioner Fidel del Valle cursing out police officers who did not recognize him as he attempted to enter City Hall. The PBA has renewed its call for del Valle’s firing.

December 12, 2018
Court Rules for PBA to Protect MOS Records

The NY Times, Daily News and Post report on a ruling by the state's highest court rejecting the NYCLU's request for NYPD disciplinary records. The PBA filed a "friend of the court" brief to oppose the change and praised the court's decision to uphold "the core principles behind the law protecting the confidential personnel records of public safety professionals." Stories also aired on WNYC radio, New York 1, NBC 4 News, and News 12 Bronx.

December 11, 2018
More on Call to Fire OATH Commissioner

The Daily News quotes Pat Lynch renewing the PBA’s call to fire the OATH commissioner for his disrespectful and threatening tirade against two MOS assigned to security at City Hall.  

December 11, 2018
Victory in Overtime Issue

The Daily News reports on the PBA’s victory in fight to allow MOS on modified duty to earn overtime.  

December 11, 2018
Lynch Defends MOS Actions at SNAP Office

In follow up stories about officers arresting a woman with a baby at an SNAP HRA office, Pat Lynch defends the officers' actions noting that they did not create this situation and that the NYPD is called when the city’s other agencies have failed. Stories ran in the: Wall Street Journal and NY Post. It was also covered on Fox 5 News; WINS radio news; New York 1 news; PIX 11 news; CBS 2 News; and WJLA Washington DC TV news. Read Lynch's entire statement here.

December 10, 2018
Officer Involved Shooting: Lynch Notes Daily Dangers for Officers

TV news covered an officer involved shooting at which Pat Lynch noted the dangers faced routinely by NYC police officers: New York 1; News 12 Westchester; CBS 2 News; Fox 5 News; and WPIX 11 News. Stories also appeared in: NY Times; Daily News; Newsday; Staten Island Advance.

Police columnist Len Levitt posted his NYPD Confidential column entitled “The Garner Death: Not by Chokehold?”

December 7, 2018
PBA Demands Firing of OATH Commissioner

The Daily News reports Pat Lynch’s call for the firing of the Commissioner for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) for his disrespectful and abusive manner in which he berated and threatened a police officer at City Hall who did not recognize him and who asked for his ID. See also the PBA press release.

December 7, 2018
First Day of Hearings in PO Pantaleo Department Trial

The first day of hearings in the disciplinary case of PO Pantaleo was reported by print and electronic local, national and international media. The sample included here includes Pat Lynch’s comments about the process and the officer’s innocence as well as an explanation of the planned defense by attorney Stu London. Print reports appeared in: Daily News; Post; Newsday; NY Times; Wall Street Journal; Staten Island Advance; Philadelphia Tribune; Times Union; Daily Mail (England). Electronic coverage appeared on: Fox 5 TV News; New York 1 TV News; News 12 Bronx TV News; ABC 7 TV News; New York 1's Inside City Hall; PIX 11 TV News; WINS radio news; ABC 770 radio news; WNYC radio news. See also the PBA press release.

December 7, 2018
Trial of Accused Perp in Det. Veve Dragging

Coverage of the attempted murder of PO Dalsh Veve in which Pat Lynch is quoted appeared on PIX 11 TV News, Daily News and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

December 6, 2018
Opening Statements in Veve Case

Pat Lynch states that the jury must ignore the “baby face” of the perp in this case and focus on the bad and criminal choices he made in his attempt to kill PO Dalsh Veve. Stories appeared in: Daily News, PostNew York 1 and PIX 11.

December 2, 2018
Lynch Opposes OATH for Police Cases

In a Daily News story, PBA president Pat Lynch argues against using the office of administrative trial hearings (OATH) to hear police disciplinary cases.

November 27, 2018
Chief on New Rules for Body Cams

The Chief Leader reports the PBA’s concerns about lowering the level of contact required for body camera activation.  Pat Lynch said: “Once again, the Court is leveraging its narrow authority over street stops and trespass enforcement to impose sweeping changes on the NYPD’s operations and daily management. This most recent order is completely unnecessary, because the Court and other police oversight entities have long since made their message to police officers clear: they want an end to proactive policing in New York City.”

November 20, 2018
Chief on Implications of State Trooper Contract

The Chief Leader gives Pat Lynch’s assessment of the new State Troopers’ contract and the implications it has for NYC PBA members.

November 20, 2018
Lynch Outraged by CB#1, Manh. Vote

Lynch is quoted in the Chief Leader noting outrage over Manhattan Community Board 1’s decision to deny the co-naming of one Manhattan block in honor of PO James McNaughton, the first NYPD officer to be killed while on military service overseas in the war against terrorism.

November 16, 2018
Op-Ed by Pat Lynch

In an op-ed piece for City Limits magazine, Pat Lynch confronts the reality of opposing visions of policing.

November 10, 2018
Lynch Opposes More Body Cam Use

New York 1 TV news, WOR radio and ABC radio report Pat Lynch's criticism of expanded use of body cams for non-suspicious activity interactions with the public. Read Lynch's entire statement here.

November 6, 2018
Chief Leader on The Week's News

The Chief Leader reports on efforts by the PBA and families of murdered police officers to keep cop killers in jail.  The weekly also reports a ceremony honoring severely injured hero Police Officer Dalsh Veve who is still fighting to recover from injuries sustained when he was dragged by a stolen car as he confronted the driver.  In a typically bizarre Chief opinion column that features a mixture of fact and fantasy, the Chief attempts to draw a parallel between Gov. Cuomo being goaded into debating his political rival, Marc Molinaro, and the PBA calling Mayor de Blasio “chicken” for avoiding PBA protesters.  This opinion piece also regurgitates the City’s erroneous view of past contracts where the PBA successfully shattered parity with the FDNY and achieved contracts for police officers that exceed the city’s so-called pattern.

October 30, 2018
Chief on Families Opposing Parole

The Chief Leader reports on the families of murdered Police Officers Waverly Jones and Edward Byrne joining the PBA in opposing parole for cop-killers.

October 25, 2018
"Back Door Bill" Holds Town Hall

The NY Post, Politico and New York 1 News report the PBA’s massive turnout protesting the lack of a police contract as Mayor de Blasio — called “Back Door Bill” by PBA members for his attempt to avoid them by entering — arrives to conduct a Town Hall meeting in Far Rockaway. Watch the PBA-recorded video.

October 23, 2018
Chief on Cop-Killer Parole Issues

The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on the efforts of the families of assassinated police officers and the PBA to keep cold-blooded cop killers in prison noting that John Lennon’s murderer was denied parole while cop-killers have been released.

October 20, 2018
Media on PBA and 'Right To Know' law

Fox 5, PIX 11, ABC 7, and WINS Radio report Pat Lynch voicing the PBA‘s objection to the unnecessary “right to know" law that will discourage proactive policing and make the city more dangerous.

October 20, 2018
Jones and Byrne Families Present Testimony

NBC 4, PIX 11, NY1 (AM and PM), WINS radio and the Daily News report on the Jones and Byrne families presenting their victims impact statement to keep the killers of their loved ones in jail. See PBA recorded video.

October 19, 2018
PBA Objects to 'Right to Know' Law

Electronic media report the PBA's objection to the "right to know law" with Pat Lynch saying it will discourage proactive police work and make the city more dangerous. Stories ran on Fox 5 News; NBC 4 News; Pix 11 News; ABC 7 News; New York 1 and WABC 770 radio.

October 13, 2018
Widow Provides Impact Statement with PBA Support

Police widow Diane Piagentini is joined by Pat Lynch and PBA board members before she delivers her victims impact statement opposing the parole of cop-killer Anthony Bottom. Stories appeared in the Daily News and the New York Post. Stories were also broadcast on: NBC 4 TV News; CBS radio; PIX 11 TV News; Fox 5 TV News; ABC 7 TV News; and WINS Radio.

October 9, 2018
Chief Leader on Parole Testimony

The Chief Leader reports on the call by the PBA to fix a broken parole system.

October 6, 2018
Families and PBA Testify

WINS Radio reports that as the families of murdered police officers Anthony Abruzzo and Sean McDonald deliver their victims impact statements, PBA President Pat Lynch calls for tougher parole policies saying cop killers should never be paroled.

October 5, 2018
PBA and Families to Testify Today at Parole Board

The NY Post and WOR Radio report Pat Lynch’s push for tougher parole guidelines while families plead to have cop killers kept in jail. Read the PBA press release.

October 2, 2018
Lynch Testifies on Broken Parole System

The Daily News reports on Pat Lynch’s call for changes to the parole system that frees cop-killers before a NYS Senate hearing in Albany. Read or watch Lynch's full testimony.

September 29, 2018
PBA Chases de Blasio in Texas

Media outlets in NYC and Texas report on the PBA’s pop-up protest outside Mayor de Blasio’s appearance at a festival in Austin. Members of the Austin Police Association — which is also locked in a contract battle with its city — and the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) also joined to show their solidarity. Stories appeared in the Texas Tribune, on Fox 7 and KLBJ radio in Austin and on Fox 5 and NBC 4 in NYC.

September 18, 2018
Chief Leader on Arbitrator

The Chief Leader reports the selection of the chairman for the binding arbitration in the salary dispute between the City and the PBA.

September 11, 2018
Persons of the Year

The Chief Leader reports on the naming of Pattie and Conor McDonald as the union’s “Persons of the Year” at the PBA’s 124th Annual Convention.

September 4, 2018
Chief Leader on Letter to DNC

A story regarding Pat Lynch’s letter to the DNC warning them about de Blasio’s lack of support for labor ran in this week’s Chief Leader.

August 27, 2018
Daily News on PBA Letter to DNC

The Daily News reports on the PBA's letter to all members of the Democratic National Committee, warning them to take a hard look at Mayor de Blasio's record of hypocrisy before considering him for a leadership role. Read the full letter here.

August 23, 2018
Pat Lynch Writes NY Post Op-Ed

Pat Lynch's op-ed article "De Blasio & co have turned the streets against the NYPD" appeared in today's New York Post.

August 22, 2018
Harrassment of Cops de Blasio's Fault

The NY Post editorializes on the recent videos of civilians abusing police officers, noting that the hostile environment is the product of laws signed by Mayor de Blasio that "that aim to handcuff cops and second-guess their actions."

August 21, 2018
PBA Says Mayor's Reaction to Disrespect Inadequate

The Post, the Daily News, AM New York, WNYC Radio and 1010 WINS radio quote Pat Lynch on the Mayor’s inadequate response to recent videos of police officers being threatened and abused. Read the full statement here.

August 17, 2018
PBA's Digital Ad Campaign

News 12 Bronx reports on the PBA's new digital ad campaign criticizing the Mayor de Blasio for traveling around the country pretending to be a "progressive hero." See the ad here.

August 14, 2018
Chief on Parole Efforts and Endorsements

The Chief Leader reports on the PBA/Widows efforts to change parole guidelines to keep cop-killers in jail and on the PBA’s endorsements in the upcoming primary election.

August 13, 2018
Lynch Blames Officials for Lack of Respect

PBA president Pat Lynch blames elected officials for “demonizing police officers and decriminalizing abhorrent behavior They have eroded respect for the uniform and the shield with their constant false narrative about police brutality and this is the result.” Stories ran in the Daily News; NY Post and in the Daily Mail a newspaper in the UK, and sister publication of the NY Post, that reaches 35 million readers a day.

August 8, 2018
Press Coverage of Widows' Opposition to Cop-Killers' Parole

News coverage of the PBA’s news conference where two dozen police widows oppose parole for all cop killers appeared in: Daily News; Post; and AM New York. The story also ran on PIX 11 News; New York 1; NBC 4 News; CBS 2 News and on WABC Radio News. Read the entire press release here and see the entire PBA-recorded news conference here.

August 7, 2018
Chief on City Hall Protest

The Chief Leader reports that there were hundreds of delegates on the steps of City Hall calling for fair pay.

August 3, 2018
PBA Targets de Blasio With Ad

The Daily News and New Orleans's Times-Picayune reports on the PBA targeting the New Orleans political conference attended by Mayor de Blasio this weekend with a newspaper ad, billboard truck and Twitter messages demanding that the Mayor wake up, do his job and stop stalling the PBA's contract process. See the full ad here.

August 2, 2018
Contract Fight at City Hall

Nearly 300 PBA members bring the fight for fair pay to the steps of City Hall. Stories appeared in: The Wall Street Journal; NY Daily News; NBC 4 News; and PIX 11 News. Read the press release.

July 31, 2018
Chief Leader on Police News

The Chief Leader published stories about the PBA’s new Safety Tracker webpage, how the City’s Corporation Counsel is winning 85% of civil lawsuits against police officers, and despite the Janus ruling, 100% of the recently hired class of police officers have joined the union.

July 26, 2018
Media Covers PBA Safety Tracker Launch

Stories about the PBA’s new Safety Tracker that allows local communities to understand crime trends in their neighborhoods and focuses on crime reported by the media appeared on: New York 1; News 12 Bronx; Daily News; Post.  Read the entire press release here.

July 23, 2018
Lynch knocks charges in Garner case

Article in the Chief.

July 20, 2018
NYPD Proceeds With Hearings in Garner Case

Following a release by the Justice Department, the NYPD has decided to proceed with disciplinary hearings in the Garner case.  Stories ran in: NY TimesNewsdayStaten Island AdvanceCNNReuters and WRAL. Locally, radio and TV that aired the story are: New York 1, WPIX, Fox 5 News, CBS 2 News and WCBS-AM Radio.

July 17, 2018
NYPD plans to move on Garner discipline

Following the NYPD's announcement that it initiate disciplinary proceedings whether or not the federal civil rights investigation has concluded, Pat Lynch called on DOJ to end the "highly irregular fishing expedition" and demanded "due process and an impartial consideration of the facts" by the NYPD.  Read the full statement here.  Stories appeared in the Daily News, New York Times and aired on ABC 7 News, Fox 5 News, CBS 2 News, 1010 WINS Radio and WNYC Radio.

July 10, 2018
Chief on Body Cam Injunction

The Chief Leader reports that an Appeals Court has granted an injunction preventing the NYPD from releasing body cam footage until the case is decided.

July 4, 2018
Court Temporarily Blocks Release of NYPD Bodycam Footage

The state appellate division granted the PBA an injunction blocking the NYPD from releasing police body cam footage until the end of the hearing before it. Stories appeared in the Daily News and on WNYC Radio news, News Radio 880, New York 1, News 12 Bronx news, Fox 5 news, and Pix 11 news.

June 23, 2018
Another Cop-Killer Paroled

In follow up stories in the News and Post about another cop-killer being paroled, PBA president Pat Lynch questions the board’s consideration of the murderer’s crimes.

June 22, 2018
No Need for More Oversight

In stories about the NYPD's announcement of a new disciplinary review panel appearing in the Daily News, AM New York and Buzz Feed, Pat Lynch questions the need for yet another layer of oversight.  Read the full statement here.

June 22, 2018
Impending Release of Cop-Killer

The Post reports on the impending release of cop-killer Robert Hayes, a Black Liberation Army member who killed Transit P.O. Sidney Thompson in 1973 after being stopped for turnstile jumping. Read Pat Lynch's full statement calling for action to fix the broken parole system.

June 22, 2018
NYPD Refuses to Share Video

The Daily News reports on the NYPD's denial of a request to release body-cam footage for use in a civil lawsuit, citing the judge's order in the PBA's lawsuit over the issue.

June 20, 2018
Daily News on Records Release

The Daily News reports that the court has denied the City’s request for dismissal allowing the PBA’s lawsuit to prevent the release of disciplinary records to go forth. See Lynch’s entire statement here.

June 19, 2018
More Cops Rather Than Speed Cameras

As the PC announces his unadulterated support for more de Blasio Vision Zero speed cameras, PBA president Pat Lynch calls for the money to be used to hire more police officers noting that speed cameras can’t take a drunk, unlicensed or uninsured motorist off the road. See reports in the Daily News, AM New York, Post, and on News 12 Bronx and CBS Radio. Read Lynch’s entire statement of June 18 here.

June 18, 2018
Pension Pushback

A letter labeled “Pension Pushback” by the Daily News from PBA president Pat Lynch and UGA president Gerald Fitzgerald  pointing out inaccuracies in a recent op-ed column ran today in the letters to the editor space.

June 12, 2018
Chief on Finest Ceremony

The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s Finest of the Finest award ceremony.

June 11, 2018
Lynch and Piagentini Discuss Parole

Pat Lynch and police widow Diane Piagentini discuss the release and potential release of those incarcerated for murdering police officers in the Wall Street Journal.

June 8, 2018
Finest of the Finest Awards

CBS 2 TV News, the Daily News and the NY Post all report on the PBA’s Finest of the Finest Awards Ceremony held at the Water Club to honor heroes among the NYPD’s ranks as selected by their peers. A total of 53 MOS were honored for brave, courageous and intelligent acts of policing. Read the press release and see Pat Lynch’s entire opening remarks.

June 6, 2018
PBA Endorses Dan Donovan

The Staten Island Advance, ABC 7 News and NY1 News all report on the PBA’s endorsement of Congressmen Dan Donovan’s in the upcoming primary.

June 6, 2018
Group Supports 'Geriatric Parole'

The Daily News reported on a rally by a group that supports “geriatric parole” whose motto is “if the risk is low, let them go” regarding criminals seeking parole. The group defines “geriatric prisoners” as those over 55 years of age and accuses the PBA of “intimidating” parole board members who decide these cases.  

June 6, 2018
Judge Allows PBA Case on Records to Proceed

The PBA got some positive indications from a judge in its effort to prevent the NYPD and City from releasing “de-identified” records of police officer’s disciplinary cases.  The judge indicated that it is likely that he will let the PBA’s case proceed despite the City’s motion to dismiss and he continued the TRO that prevents the NYPD from releasing those records until his final decision is made in a few weeks.  Stories were reported by the Daily News and Buzz Feed

May 29, 2018
Chief on Two Issues

The Chief Leader reports on police pay and on the disparate positions of the PBA and City (article).  They also report that the Piagentini and Jones families along with the PBA oppose the parole release of cop-killer Anthony Bottom (article).

May 22, 2018
TRO Bars Release of NYPD Video

The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s victory in reversing a low court decision and obtaining a TRO preventing the department from releasing body camera video until a full five-judge Appellate panel decides the case.

May 19, 2018
Families join PBA to Prevent Cop Killer Release

The Daily News, AM New York, News 12 Long Island, News Radio 880, and 1010 WINS Radio report on the efforts of the Piagentini and Jones families joined by the PBA to keep cop killer Anthony Bottom in prison.

May 18, 2018
Post Quotes Lynch in Editorial

The NY Post quotes Lynch in an editorial about cop-killers being released on parole.

May 18, 2018
Letter to Editor of Daily News

Pat Lynch’s Letter to the Editor informed the Daily News that their editorial about the PBA’s issues with the release of body cam footage was wrong.

May 15, 2018
Temporary Stop on Footage Release

The PBA won a TRO temporarily preventing the NYPD from releasing any police officer’s body camera footage until the full five-judge panel can review and decide the case. Stories appeared in: NY Times; Daily News; Post; Bristol Herald Courier (Virginia and Tennessee); and The Modesto Bee (California). The story also ran on PIX 11 News; New York 1 news; CBS 2 News; NBC 4 News; WNYC Radio; ABC 7 News and 1010 WINS Radio. See also press release.

May 12, 2018
Oppose Parole for PO Dwyer's Killer

PBA President Pat Lynch, board members, and police officers join the Dwyer family in opposing parole for cop killer Eddie Matos. Stories were broadcast on ABC 7 News, CBS 2 News, WLNY, News 12 Long Island and 1010 WINS Radio. See the full PBA-recorded video, and read the press release.

May 9, 2018
Pat Lynch Slams New Business Cards

In a NY Post story about the NYPD's distribution of the new business cards required by the "Right to Know Act," Pat Lynch slams the Department for going beyond even the legislation's misguided mandates. Read full statement here.

May 8, 2018
Second PBA Radio Ad Released

NBC 4 News and the Chief Leader reported on the second PBA radio commercial seeking support to keep cop killers in jail.

May 8, 2018
PO Dalsh Veve Heads Home

The release of hero Police Office Dalsh Veve from a rehab facility was covered by: NY Times, NY Post, Newsday, WCBS 880 Radio New York 1 news, WLNY, ABC 7 News, News 12 LI and NBC 4 News.

May 8, 2018
Bar Association Politicized, Says PBA

The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s criticism of the NY Bar Association for letting members involved in litigation of the 50A lawsuit use the Bar Association as a political tool.

May 5, 2018
PBA to Appeal Ruling on Bodycams

New York 1 News, WNYC Radio, and News 12 the Bronx reports the PBA’s intention to appeal a court ruling regarding release of police body camera footage.

May 4, 2018
Judge Dismisses PBA Lawsuit on Illegal Video Release

The Post and Daily News report on a trial court judge's ruling dismissing the PBA's lawsuit over the NYPD's arbitrary and illegal release of body-worn camera footage. Pat Lynch panned the ruling for leaving police officers "as perhaps the only group with no remedy for a violation of their legal rights" and said the PBA will file an emergency appeal with the Appellate Division. See full statement here.

May 3, 2018
NY Senate Proposes Tougher Parole Rules

The NY State Senate passed a bill proposing tougher parole rules following the release of three time convicted cop-killer Herman Bell. The bill faces an uphill battle for approval in the Assembly which is controlled by the Democrats. Stories ran on: Spectrum News, Capital Region; New York 1 News; News 6 Albany (CBS); News 10 Albany (ABC) and WNYC Radio. The story was also reported on Fox 5 News where retired MOS Sen. Martin Golden also called for the reestablishment of the death penalty.

April 28, 2018
Cop-Killer Released

On the day triple-cop-killer Herman Bell was scheduled to be released from prison, the PBA held a news conference with State Senator Marty Golden to demand that the Governor and Legislature take action to fix the broken, unaccountable parole board system. Watch full PBA-recorded video of the press conference. Reports on Bell's release appeared in the NY Post, Daily News, Newsday, the NY Times and on New York 1, ABC 7 News, NBC 4 News, Fox 5 News, CBS 2 News, PIX 11 News, News 10 Albany, WABC Radio, WCBS Radio and WINS Radio.

April 22, 2018
PC Sends Scathing Letter to Governor

PC James O’Neill sends a scathing letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the parole board decision to release cop killer Herman Bell. Story was reported in the Daily News.

April 21, 2018
Court Rules Widow Has No Standing

A State Supreme Court judge rules that police widow, Diane Piagentini, does not have standing to challenge a Parole Board decision and that the board did not act irrationally or outside of its guidelines. The PBA said it will appeal the decision. Stories ran in: the Post and Daily News. It was also covered by News 12 Bronx, New York 1, NBC 4 News, ABC 7 News, and CBS 880 radio.

April 20, 2018
Radio News on Parole Issues

In a story about Gov. Cuomo’s executive order granting parolees the right to vote, WINS radio quotes Pat Lynch saying that Cuomo should be more concerned about the parole board that released three-time cop-killer Herman Bell. WIBX Utica radio reports that Gov. Cuomo said that if he had been on the parole board, he would not have voted for the release of Herman Bell.

April 19, 2018
Lynch Asks Unions to Boycott de Blasio

The Daily News reports that PBA president Pat Lynch sent letters to all of the major labor unions in the City asking them to boycott de Blasio events. Lynch noted that, while de Blasio portrays himself as a friend of labor, he acts more like the corporate donors who support him in his treatment of NYC workers — in particular NYC police officers — by refusing to pay a market rate of pay.

April 19, 2018
O'Neill Reiterates Position on Cop Killers

CBS news radio 880, reporting from the NYPD graduation ceremony at MSG, speaks with PC O’Neill who reiterates that cop-killers should never be released from jail.

April 19, 2018
Lynch on Parolees' Right to Vote

News 12 Bronx reports on Gov. Cuomo’s order to grant parolees the right to vote. Pat Lynch said that Cuomo should be focusing on the failure of his parole board which sets three-time cop-killers free.

April 18, 2018
More on Bell Parole

The NY Post editorializes on New Yorkers' calls for Herman Bell to remain incarcerated citing the 367,000 letters to the parole board generated by the PBA’s most recent radio commercial. Diane Piagentini was interviewed on AM 970 Radio’s Joe Piscopo Morning show and NY 1, NBC 4 and CBS 880 reported that Bell should have been released on 4-17 but would remain behind bars until the lawsuit is settled. Two of those reports also mention PC James O’Neill’s tweet opposing parole for Bell.

April 17, 2018
Confidential Records Leaked

The PBA’s objections to the leaking of disciplinary documents and insistence that the leaker be found and held accountable was reported by the Daily News, Post and the Times Union. Stories also ran on NY 1 News, CBS 2 News and WNYC Radio.

April 17, 2018
Bell Still in Jail

On the day that would have been Herman Bell’s first day out of prison, the Daily News, Post and Newsday report on the efforts by the Piagentini family and the PBA to keep Bell incarcerated. Stories also ran on ABC 7 News and New York 1 News.

April 16, 2018
Judge Considers Evidence in Parole Challenge

New York 1 News reports that the judge will begin considering evidence in the Bell parole challenge by the PBA on behalf of Mrs. Diane Piagentini and that the state Attorney General is arguing that the widow has no legal standing in the case. Read the PBA's press release here.

April 16, 2018
Bell Release "Defies Logic"

The NY Post editorializes on the horrible appointments made by the Gov. to the parole board while the Daily News reports former PC Ray Kelly saying the release of Herman Bell “defies logic.”

April 13, 2018
Bell to Remain in Jail Until Lawsuits Finished

Police widow Diane Piagentini and PBA President Pat Lynch attended the hearing in Albany regarding a suit that Mrs. Piagentini filed through the PBA against the New York state parole board for releasing three-time cold-blooded cop-killer Herman Bell. The judge reserved decision, but ordered that the inmate be held in prison until the outcome of this suit and any subsequent suits. Stories appeared in the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and AM New York, and on WRGB Albany news, CBS 2 news, Fox 5 news, ABC 7 news, and New York 1 news.

April 13, 2018
Press Conference Before Court Hearing to Stop Bell's Parole

See PBA-recorded video of Pat Lynch and Diane Piagentini, widow of slain NYC P.O. Joseph Piagentini, speaking to the media in Albany before a court hearing in the fight to overturn the parole of P.O. Piagentini’s murderer, triple-cop killer Herman Bell.

April 11, 2018
Weekly Chief Leader Reports

The Chief Leader reports on: the PBA’s lawsuit on behalf of police widow, Mrs. Diane Piagentini, to keep cold-blooded cop-killer, Herman Bell, in jail. It also reports on the PBA’s hiring of master negotiator Kenneth Feinberg as the PBA’s panelist on the PERB arbitration board. The Chief Leader also editorializes that it is wrong to blame police for the failure of society to care for the mentally ill.

April 11, 2018
"Misguided, Unreasonable People" on Parole Boards

In a Post story about a Parole Board commissioner who lobbied a former chairman to write a letter supporting parole for the man she married in jail, Pat Lynch notes that this is typical of the “misguided, unreasonable people” who sit on parole boards.

April 7, 2018
Mental Health Crisis and NYPD Officers

The New York Post reports on the mental health crisis in New York City and Pat Lynch weighs in on how it affects police officers.

April 7, 2018
Campaign Covered on NBC News

NBC 4 television news reports on the PBA’s radio campaign to keep cop killers in jail.

April 6, 2018
Herman Bell to Stay in Prison Until Lawsuit Resolved

The lawsuit filed by the PBA on behalf of police widow, Diane Piagentini, resulted in the court granting a TRO keeping Herman Bell in prison until the lawsuit is resolved.  Stories appeared in: Daily News; Post with a Post editorial, Philadelphia Tribune, and AM New York.  Radio and TV media coverage:  WINS radio; WCBS 880 radio; Fox and Friends; ABC 7; WOR radio; NBC 4 News; NY 1 News.  Read the PBA’s entire press release here.

April 6, 2018
PBA Launches Radio Ad Calling for End to Parole for Cop Killers

Listen to the ad

April 5, 2018
PBA Hires Master Negotiator

PBA brings in master negotiator as panel representative on expected PERB board that will decide the terms of the next police officer’s contract. The story was reported in the NY Daily News and on 1010 WINS.

April 3, 2018
Chief Leader Covers Latest News

The Chief Leader reports: that the PBA has applied for binding arbitration in the contract dispute with the City; the PBA accuses the Parole Board of disregarding the law in the release of three-time cop-killer Herman Bell; reports that the PBA is suing the CCRB for overstepping their authority in granting itself powers to investigate not include in FADO.

April 2, 2018
Press and Media on PBA Parole Suit

The PBA continues to press for a new parole board hearing for cop killer Herman Bell noting that the board admitted to the Daily News that they didn’t review sentencing minutes until after the decision was made. The law, which the board is ignoring, requires a rescission of the parole date and that a new panel rehear the case. Stories appeared in the Daily News: NYPD Confidential and aired on New York 1 and Fox 5 News. Read the entire press release here.

April 2, 2018
LI Salaries Compared to NYC

WLNY did a story about Nassau and Suffolk police overtime in which a woman says her son is an NYPD Sgt. and is paid far less than there.

March 29, 2018
PBA Says Parole Board Violated Law

The PBA’s claim that the Parole Board violated the law by failing to consider the judge’s sentencing minutes in the Herman Bell case was reported in the Daily News and on NBC 4 News. Read the PBA’s press release here.

March 28, 2018
PBA Opposes Posting of "De-Identified" Records

The NYPD plans to post “de-identified” results of disciplinary proceedings on a website. PBA president Pat Lynch strenuously objects and stories appeared in the NY Daily News and NY Post. Read Lynch’s full letter to the Police Commissioner here.

March 27, 2018
Chief Leader on This Week's News

This week’s Chief Leader had articles on the PBA suing the CCRB for exceeding its authority in several areas; the PBA’s attempts to keep cop-killer Herman Bell in prison after a parole board decision to release him; the PBA’s concerns that the appointment of one of the Mayor’s former top aides will further politicize the NYPD. In a letter to the Chief, Pat Lynch commends the members of the City Council who supported the need to pay NYC police officers a market rate of pay.

March 27, 2018
Post Editorial on Outrageous Bell Decision

The NY Post ran an editorial praising de Blasio for writing to the State Parole Board in strong opposition of the parole for three-time cop-killer Herman Bell.

March 27, 2018
Protests in Park Slope

PBA members were out in force protesting for a fair contract in front of the Park Slope YMCA where Mayor de Blasio enjoys a casual pastry and late morning workout. Stories ran in: Post; AM New York and Daily News. Stories regarding the protest and PBA contract also ran on: PIX 11 News; New York 1; WINS Radio; WOR Radio and WNYC Radio.

March 24, 2018
PC's Letter Supports PBA Fight Against Bell Parole

The New York Times published a letter from police commissioner James O’Neill opposing the parole of cop killer Herman Bell. The Daily News reports on the PBA‘s efforts to work with family members to deny parole to cop killers. Stories also ran on: NBC 4 News; New York 1; 1010 WINS Radio; WCBS 880 radio; CBS 2 News; ABC 7 News and Fox 5 News.

March 23, 2018
PBA Fights Parole For Cop Killers

Families of murdered police officers plead to keep cop killers in prison. See PBA-recorded press conference and press release.

March 22, 2018
PBA Acts to Undo Cop Killer Parole

The PBA’s action on behalf of the Piagentini family to have Herman Bell’s parole suspended and a new hearing set was reported by the Daily News and Post, and covered by NBC 4 News and Spectrum News. See PBA press release.

March 20, 2018
More on Cop Killer Parole

A story about the siblings of assassinated PO Waverly Jones being outraged that his son backed parole for Bell ran in the Daily News. Anger over the parole of a cop killer was posted on One News Now and the Chief posted a report and an editorial.

March 20, 2018
Lynch Slams Choice of Mayor's Aide for NYPD DCPI

Pat Lynch slammed the appointment of the Mayor’s former campaign manager to the post of Deputy Commissioner for Public Information at the NYPD saying police info will now be viewed through a political prism. Stories ran on New York 1 and in the Post and Daily News. See the PBA press release.

March 20, 2018
Lynch Letter to New York Times

Pat Lynch sends a letter to the New York Times on how the Parole Board rules have exposed flaws in the system.

March 17, 2018
Diane Piagentini Interview

Diane Piagentini is interviewed on Fox & Friends.

March 16, 2018
News Conference With Slain Officer's Widow

The PBA conducted a news conference with Diane Piagentini, widow of assassinated PO Joseph Piagentini, and their two daughters, Deborah and Mary, calling for the firing of two Parole Board members who voted to release domestic terrorist and three time cop-killer, Herman Bell, on parole. Stories ran in: NY Post; a Daily News editorial; Daily News on parole issues; Post on how parole board broke its own rules; Post on pol calls for parole board’s firing. TV news stories were carried on ABC 7 News, CBS 2 News, NBC 4 News, Fox 5 News and New York 1 as well as 1010 WINS Radio.

March 15, 2018
National Coverage of Cop Killer Parole

The PBA condemns the decision to release three time cop-killer, Herman Bell, on parole. Stories ran in: the Post; NY Times, a Post Op-Ed, Newsday,, KLTV 7, WRAL Raleigh, NC, SI Advance, Fox35, New York 1 TV news, 1010 WINS Radio, WCBS 880 Radio news, and WOR Radio news.

March 14, 2018
Press On PBA Lawsuit

The PBA files suit against the CCRB for granting itself powers that exceed those cited by the City Charter. Read the PBA’s press release here. Stories appeared in: NY Daily News, NY Post and the Courthouse News Service. In a Daily News story about the “secrecy” and inconsistency of NYPD disciplinary practices Pat Lynch says that the desire for transparency does not trump the safety of police officers and their families or the ends of justice.

March 13, 2018
PBA Supports Trained POs in Every School

Following the mass shooting tragedy in a Florida High School, Pat Lynch supports putting fully trained and experienced police officers in every school. See the Chief Leader article and the press release.

March 5, 2018
Seminar Signals Huge Loss of Officers

The Chief Leader reports on the largest ever PBA/SBA pension seminar signaling a massive loss in full trained and highly experienced police officers.

March 1, 2018
MOS Attend Seminar in Record Numbers

A record number of MOS attend the PBA/SBA pension seminar signaling a potential massive loss of fully trained and experienced police officers. Pat Lynch tells the media that it’s the low pay and lack of respect driving police officers to find alternatives. Stories ran on PIX 11 News and on New York 1 News and appeared in Kings County Politics. See also the press release.

February 27, 2018
Record Numbers Sign Up for Pension Seminar

PIX 11 news reports on the record number of police officers registered to attend the PBA‘s pension seminar.

February 16, 2018
Sgt. Hugh Barry Cleared

On the acquittal of Sgt. Hugh Barry in the tragic shooting death of a violent, emotionally disturbed woman, PBA president Pat Lynch said: “There is no victory here today, only relief that justice has been served and a good man who was doing a difficult and dangerous job has been exonerated.” Read Lynch’s entire statement here. Stories ran in: the Daily News, NY Post, Metro, LEO Affairs, NY Times, AM New York, Staten Island Advance (SI Live, Reuters News Service.

February 8, 2018
PBA Seeks Restraining Order

In conjunction with the recently filed PBA lawsuit seeking to block arbitrary release of police body cam video, the union went to court to obtain a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of video until the lawsuit is adjudicated. See story in Daily News.

February 6, 2018
Chief on Body Cams and Tier 3

The Chief Leader reports the PBA’s objection to the rapid expansion of the body cam program noting the latest study that questions that the cams don’t appear to provide any benefit. They also report that the significant improvement in disability benefits negotiated by the PBA for Tier 3 members will see the modest deduction for the benefit in this month.

February 1, 2018
More News on Body Cam Program

WABC Radio reports the PBA’s dissatisfaction with the accelerated roll out of body cameras while WNYC Radio reports about studies that call the effectiveness of body cam use “inconclusive.”

January 31, 2018
PBA Opposes Body Cam Program Acceleration

PBA president Pat Lynch opposes the acceleration of the body cam program because, among many policy issues, studies show the devices are ineffective and extremely costly. Read Lynch’s entire statement here. Reports were published in: Reuters News Service; AM New York; NY Post; Daily News; International Business Times; Staten Island Advance; Metro; Observer; Times Union, and covered on WINS Radio; Fox 5 News; News 12 Bronx; WPIX 11 News: New York 1 News; CBS 2 News; ABC 7 News; NBC 4 News.

January 18, 2018
PBA Packs Courtroom at Attempted Murder Trial

Police officers from Brooklyn South join PBA president Pat Lynch and board officers in Brooklyn Criminal court during the appearance of Justin Murell who is charged with attempted murder of PO Dalsh Veve who remains hospitalized since the dragging last June. Reports appeared in the Daily News and on ABC 7 News, 1010 WINS radio and WOR Radio. Listen to Lynch’s entire statement here.

January 17, 2018
Newsweek Covers Body Cam Lawsuit

Newsweek magazine reports the PBA’s lawsuit to stop the arbitrary and illegal release of police officer’s body cam video. Read the entire press release here.

January 13, 2018
Chief on News of the Week

The Chief Leader reports the PBA's lawsuit to prevent the illegal and arbitrary release of police body cam video and editorializes on the same topic. They also report on the PBA's call to keep cop-killer Herman Bell in prison by denying him parole.

January 12, 2018
No Parole for Bell

The PBA joins police widow, Diane Piagentini, in opposing the parole of Herman Bell who killed three police officers in two states including NYC police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. Stories were printed in the Daily News and Post. Read the entire press release here.

January 12, 2018
Lynch Hammers Council Member Protesters

Pat Lynch hammers City Council members who took part in a protest that blocked an ambulance as it tried to get to a hospital. Lynch noted that the city needs leadership, not showmanship (read Lynch entire statement here) from media hungry politicians. Stories appeared in AM New York; Daily News; Post and the Staten Island Advance.

January 12, 2018
Lynch to Lead Bayside St. Pat's Parade

The Queens Chronicle announced that Pat Lynch will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Bayside St. Patrick’s Day parade.

January 10, 2018
More Coverage of PBA Lawsuit

More coverage of the PBA’s lawsuit to halt the illegal and arbitrary release of video recorded on body cameras. Stories ran today in: NY Times; Boston Globe; Yahoo! News; Legal News; Police MagazineCourthouse News Service and reported by which reaches 13 million readers. The lawsuit was also covered on NBC 4 TV News; News 12 Long Island TV News; WPIX 11 TV News; New York 1 TV News; Fox 5 TV News; WABC Radio; WNYC Radio and 1010 WINS Radio

January 9, 2018
PBA Sues City for Unlawful Release of Body Cam Video

The NY Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Wall Street Journal and Politico report the PBA‘s lawsuit regarding the illegal and arbitrary release of body camera video by the mayor and police commissioner.

January 2, 2018
Misleading Stats

The Washington Times published an opinion piece regarding the downgrading of crimes in NYC and quotes the PBA’s past survey in support of the lack of confidence in the crime stats.