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December 18, 2004

Mayor Warns Of Potential NYPD Layoffs


The police union says Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to prevent police from getting the raises they deserve.

On his weekly radio show, the mayor said the NYPD should expect layoffs if an arbitration panel decides to award officers larger raises than the city has budgeted.

Through a spokesman, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said: "The mayor ignores the fact that the NYPD manpower is already at dangerously low levels. The mayor is trying to use scare tactics to improperly influence the arbitration panel."

But Bloomberg says the city simply can't afford across the board raises.

"If the arbitrator were to give them more than the pattern and there were no changes in work rules that would let us generate the money, we'd just have to do it with fewer police officers," said Bloomberg.

Last month, cops began binding arbitration hearings, which are expected to end next month.