The Chief
April 19, 2002

Spokesman At Transit Takes Job with PBA

Albert W. O'Leary, chief spokesperson for New York City Transit, has been hired by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association as its communications director, the police union announced last week. His appointment will take effect April 22.

Mr. O'Leary has served as Vice President for Public Affairs at NYC Transit since 1998 and previously worked as the agency's Director of Employee Communications.

From 1987 to 1995, he worked as Director of Media Services for the now-defunct Transit Authority Police Department. Earlier, he served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs in the city's Sanitation Department.

Mr. O'Leary's father retired as an NYPD Sergeant, and his son is a Police Officer with the Port Authority Police Department. "I know and understand the difficulties that police officers and their families face," he said in accepting the appointment.

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said the hiring would help the union get its message to the public and presented it as a cost savings, pointing out that the PBA previously relied on outside public relations firms.