Crains New York JANUARY 18, 2015 12:01 A.M.  .


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A sour 'sweetener'

PBA chief Patrick Lynch responds to a recent story on police pensions.

 

LOADED LANGUAGE

"Watchdogs worry de Blasio will sweeten police pensions" (CrainsNewYork.com) grossly mischaracterizes the disability pension benefits referenced in Police Commissioner William Bratton's recent remarks on the low morale in the NYPD. Officers hired since 2009 who are permanently disabled in the line of duty get a fraction of what's provided to more senior colleagues and every other police officer in the state. Repairing this illogical scheme is a matter of basic fairness, not a "pension sweetener."

Every day, our officers face extraordinary risks: We have just seen two assassinated in Brooklyn and two seriously wounded in the Bronx. New Yorkers expect their police to be prepared to sacrifice their health and even their lives on behalf of their city, and understand that they must bear the cost of an adequate disability benefit for those officers and their families.

It is irresponsible and disrespectful to portray this solemn obligation as a "sweetener" and to boost the long-running campaign against public employee benefits. These attacks only further damage the morale of the police officers who have made New York City's recent prosperity possible.

—Patrick J. Lynch
President
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York