The Chief
October 23, 2009

For PBA, Bloomberg’s 3rd Run is the Charm

Pact Eases 1st Endorsement

By Tommy Hallissey

Longtime Critic, First-time Backer: PBA President Patrick J. Lynch, who until his last contract frequently clashed with Mayor Bloomberg on police compensation, endorses him Oct. 19 while praising both that deal and his tough stands on crime and illegal guns.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Oct. 19 endorsed Mayor Bloomberg for the first time in his three campaigns, citing his reduction in crime and his fight to get illegal guns off the streets.

The move also comes a year after the PBA received a wage settlement — the first one the union reaching without arbitration since 1994 — that raised starting Police Officer salary to $41,975 and top pay to $76,488.

Lynch: Thinks Outside Box

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said, “Mike Bloomberg is an innovator who thinks outside of the box to solve difficult and complex problems. In addition, his approach to labor and management issues resulted in the first negotiated Police Officer’s contract in nearly two decades.”

He also credited Mr. Bloomberg’s program of tracing illegal guns back to the local source. “Mike Bloomberg’s innovative approach targets the outof state gun and ‘gun show’ dealers who flaunt gun sale laws and sell to criminal gun traffickers who then sell them on the streets of New York City,” Mr. Lynch said.

Mr. Bloomberg, who previously re- ceived the endorsement of the other four NYPD unions, said, “The 30-percent crime reduction we’ve seen over the last eight years is truly thanks to the men and women who patrol our streets every day and night. I will continue to do everything in my power to keep our police officers safe, be it new bullet-resistant vests or legislation designed to get illegal guns off our streets.”

The Mayor has created the Real Time Crime Center, which conducts rapid analysis of criminal incidents citywide in order to provide a realtime assessment of emerging crime, crime patterns and potential criminal suspects citywide.

To some extent, the endorsement was overshadowed by controversy created the day before when former Mayor Rudy Giuliani told an audience of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn that if Mr. Bloomberg was defeated, it could return the city to the days of high crime that existed before his own mayoralty began in 1994. Some supporters of City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. charged this was an attempt to stoke racial fears among white voters.