New York Daily News

August 27, 2002

Foe Hits Green on PBA Cash

By GREG WILSON
DAILY NEWS BROOKLYN BUREAU CHIEF

Come election time, most candidates want the cops on their side, but in a Brooklyn Assembly race, incumbent Roger Green is being blasted for his blue wall of support.

Green - a powerful state lawmaker who represents the 57th Assembly District, including Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant - was given $3,100 by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association for the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.

He says he's proud of the support, but in a news release, opponent Hakeem Jeffries links the union to the torture of Abner Louima.

"I am shocked that my opponent would take the maximum contribution from a union that runs counter to all of the positions he claims to support," said Jeffries, who failed to dislodge Green in 2000 voting.

Jeffries, 30, a New York University-trained lawyer with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, noted that the PBA had settled with Louima for $1.62 million. Jeffries said his own campaign is being supported by prominent blacks.

Green, 51, who has held the seat since 1981 and is chairman of the Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Legislative Caucus, said he is proud to have the support of the police union.

"The PBA is one of numerous organizations which have membership with the Central Labor Council and who have endorsed my candidacy," Green said.

Support not unusual

Green said he has fought against racial profiling, backed residency requirements for cops and introduced legislation to end the 48-hour rule, which allows cops in trouble two days before they must speak to the Internal Affairs Bureau.

PBA spokesman Al O'Leary said the decision to settle with Louima was strictly financial, and that the union's insurance company paid rather than face a more expensive trial. He said the union's support of Green is not unusual.

"We donate campaign funds to candidates who we believe will best represent the interests of police officers, who were the heroes of Sept. 11," O'Leary said. "We'll make sure we don't send any money to Mr. Jeffries in the future.