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February 10, 2015
6:43 p.m.

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Police Protest Proposed Pay Raise at Gracie Mansion

Members of the NYPD rallied outside Gracie Mansion Wednesday night, unhappy with proposed pay increases they say are too small.

Hundreds of members of the Police Benevolent Association came together outside the Mayor’s residence to fight the proposed one-percent raise. 

The PBA has gone without a contract since 2010.

Officials say they had difficulty negotiating a raise with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and decided to go through a state arbitrator instead.

The PBA says it is unhappy with the two-year draft decision small amount proposed to officers.

“We’re here to have our voices heard,” said PBA President Pat Lynch. “New York City police officers give a hundred percent. We have lost eight New York City police officers since the expiration of our contract. Their lives mattered. Their lives are worth more than one.”

“The PBA leadership chose not to continue to negotiate with us,” Mayor de Blasio said. “They chose arbitration. That was their choice.”

The state arbitrator modeled the draft decision on pay increases other uniformed agencies received after negotiating new contracts under Mayor de Blasio’s administration.

Other workers received one percent increases for the first four years of their contracts, and .5 percent increases each year after that until the seventh year.