Newsday
December 30, 2014 9:18 PM


2-hour meeting ends with no resolution of divisions between de Blasio and NYPD unions, officials say

By ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO  anthony.destefano@newsday.com

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton talked for more than two hours with NYPD union officials Tuesday but failed to resolve any of their divisions, according to the unions.

De Blasio had called the meeting at the new police academy in College Point, Queens, after weeks of attacks from police unions, notably the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, over his rhetoric and actions in the wake of Eric Garner's apparent chokehold death and anti-police statements by some demonstrators.

The sentiment against de Blasio came to head last weekend at the funeral of slain Officer Rafael Ramos where hundreds of NYPD officers and police from out of town turned their backs on the mayor when he delivered a eulogy at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens. De Blasio also was booed at Monday's police graduation ceremony in Manhattan.

Reporters were not allowed into the meeting and were not given a briefing by City Hall. However, in a short statement to the media, PBA president Patrick Lynch indicated it had not gone well.

"There were a number of discussions, especially about the safety issues our members face. There was no resolve [resolution], and our thought here today is that actions speak louder than words and time will tell," Lynch said. He declined to answer questions about his remarks or to say whether the unions would meet again with de Blasio.

In an equally brief statement, de Blasio spokesman Phil Walzak said, "Today's meeting focused on building a productive dialogue and identifying ways to move forward together."