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August 18, 2004

Police, Firefighters Rally Outside Mayor's Home

After weeks of dogging Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a new contract at city events, the police and firefighters unions are trying him at home.

   

At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, hundreds of police and firefighters staged a rally and candlelight vigil outside Bloomberg's townhouse on the Upper East Side.

The police union says it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. With the mayor leaving for Greece Wednesday, a spokesperson said, they wanted to wish him a bon voyage.

“When the mayor is sleeping, we're on patrol,” said Pat Lynch, the president of the police union. “When the mayor is sleeping, we're answering your calls for help. We're out here. When he's jet-setting, we're out here without a contract. We'll continue to be there.”

In recent weeks, members of the unions have been heckling the mayor at various public events around the city.

The unions, which have been working without a contract for more than two years, say negotiations with the city are at an impasse. The union’s say the raises offered by the city are not high enough, but the mayor says the city can’t afford any more.