The Chief
June 13, 2003

Lynch Easily Gains 2nd Term at PBA

Carries Most of Slate

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has overwhelmingly re-elected Patrick J. Lynch to a second term as president.

The union June 7 released a count of 11,929 mail ballots in which Mr. Lynch received 8,308 votes to the 3,621 votes for challenger Thomas Barnett, the union’s Manhattan North trustee.

Top Officers Re-elected

Also re-elected were the union’s top five officers, who ran with Mr. Lynch: 1st Vice President John Puglissi; 2nd Vice President Mubarak Abdul-Jabbar; Treasurer Joseph Alejandro; Recording Secretary Robert Zink; and City-wide Trustee Brian Mooney.

Desmond Stafford, a member of Mr. Barnett’s “True Rank and File” slate, defeated Joseph Dennis in the open race for Manhattan North trustee. Philip Repaci, who ran with “Team Lynch” defeated Theodore J. Imbasciani to win the Brooklyn North trusteeship vacated by Marco Varela, who ran for 2nd Vice President with Mr. Barnett.

A total of 12,175 ballots were returned to the American Arbitration Association, which did the count. The return rate of 55 percent is well above for a union election, the AAA said. The PBA represents 22,323 Police Officers.

Incumbents won the remaining 19 borough races and ran unopposed in 10 of them. Three incumbents survived challenges from “Team Lynch”: Manhattan North Financial Secretary Joseph Strong; Bronx Trustee Glen J. Bressan; and Brooklyn South Trustee Michael Immitt.

“I am pleased to have the overwhelming trust and confidence of the hardest working and most courageous Police Officers in America,” Mr. Lynch said in a statement.” This administration will continue to fight hard to win the appropriate levels of compensation and respect for our Police Officers.”

The officers’ four-year terms begin July 1.