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John Nuthall


November 12, 2007

Patrick Lynch on Rudy Giuliani’s presidential candidacy

Regarding Rudy Giuliani’s presidential candidacy, PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“The inability to keep veteran cops on the job or to recruit adequate numbers of new ones can be traced directly back to the Giuliani mayoralty.  While the city was rolling in money, the Giuliani administration cried future poverty and stuck New York City police officers with three and a half years without a raise.  Giuliani’s ‘zeroes for heroes’ contracts held police pay stagnant while all the other local departments in the metro area were getting modest but steady raises.  Today, there are simply not enough NYPD police officers to keep this city safe, and it is his fault.

Giuliani has wrapped himself firmly in the cloak of 9/11 for his own political purposes.  But the real heroes of 9/11, those who helped to evacuate those towers and lived to tell the tale and all those who participated in the recovery and cleanup, know the truth.  Rudy Giuliani has no real credentials as a terrorism fighter.  His only credentials lie in managing the cleanup after a terror attack.  The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association could never support Rudy Giuliani for any elected office."

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.