New York Daily News

Quinn urges city to spend $9.9M on cops' vests

BY Melissa Grace and Lisa L. Colangelo

Apr. 3, 2006 -- About half of the city's police force is using outdated bulletproof vests, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said yesterday.

She is pushing City Hall to spend $9.9 million to outfit all cops in top-of-the-line vests that provide better coverage under the arms and on the chest.

"It's our obligation in government to do everything we can to keep those men and women safe," Quinn (D-Manhattan) said at a City Hall news conference.

She was surrounded by top police union leaders, including Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Michael Palladino of the Detectives' Endowment Association and Tony Garvey of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association.

Quinn said the Council would push for the $9.9 million in its budget negotiations with the Bloomberg administration. The Council is set to officially release its budget response later this week.

Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday the NYPD will decide "what's in their interest."

"The Police Department wants the best equipment possible for all of its police officers," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement.