New York Daily News

Mike's no softie in cop pay talks

April 27, 2007

By Michael Saul

The city may be flush with cash — but cops shouldn't expect Mayor Bloomberg to ease his tough negotiation tactics with NYPD unions.

The mayor said yesterday he wants to pay cops more but that union leaders are refusing to negotiate — a stance that outraged labor leaders.

"Mayor Bloomberg is moving New York City back to the feudal system, where the poor live outside the king's throne," said Edward Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, which took out a full-page ad in yesterday's Daily News lambasting the mayor.

"We're just asking for a livable wage," Mullins said.

A newly promoted NYPD sergeant earns $61,093 annually, $1,505 more than the top pay for a regular cop. As The News has reported, cops are turning down promotions to sergeant because the pay raise is measly.

Bloomberg said he didn't see the union's ad and noted that his administration has successfully negotiated contracts with most other municipal unions.

"If the ad is designed to get to me, they're wasting their money," he said.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said the low pay is causing a "huge" number of resignations and an "insufficient" number of recruits, who now make $25,100 to start.

Asked if there were any way to get cops better pay, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, "If [there were] anything I could do, I would have done it. Believe me. I've made my feelings known."