New York Daily News

June 14, 2011


 

Police union board reelected despite ongoing ticket-fixing investigation

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU CHIEF

    Patrick Lynch ran un-opposed for his seat as president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Rob Bennet for News
 
Rob Bennett for News
Patrick Lynch ran un-opposed for his seat as president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

The board of the city's largest police union has been reelected despite an ongoing ticket-fixing probe in the Bronx targeting many of its officials.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, and John Puglissi, the PBA's vice president, ran unopposed.

Four other board members beat back their challengers, while the only incumbents defeated were the Bronx and Transit Bureau financial secretaries.

"We have turned this union into a true professional service organization," Lynch said.

"I'm proud to have our team reelected so that we can continue to fight for the rights of the greatest police officers in the country."

Tensions over the ticket-fixing probe nearly escalated into a fist fight between union officials and the challengers recently at a Queens Village restaurant.

One union official said yesterday the board's reelection shows most cops are angry at the Bronx district attorney's office and the Internal Affairs Bureau for investigating what they see as a longstanding common courtesy - not a crime.

"They're mad about what's happening," the official said. "But they're supporting the union."