New York Daily News

August 21, 2013


Queens Borough President candidate Peter Vallone Jr. gets endorsed by PBA

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association endorses Vallone, who is currently chair of Public Safety committee in city Council. PBA President Patrick Lynch, a Bayside resident, said he’s voting for Vallone.

By Irving Dejohn

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, announces the endorsement of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. for Queens Borough President on Tuesday. Lynch, who represents more than 22,000 active members, is also a Bayside resident.

He collared the cop vote.

Queens Borough President candidate Peter Vallone Jr. was endorsed by the city Patrolmen's Benevolent Association — capping a “clean sweep” of the various law enforcement unions.

“It’s a huge boost to our campaign with just three weeks before the election,” said Vallone, who chairs the Public Safety committee on the Council.

Vallone was previously endorsed by unions representing detectives, captains, lieutenants and Corrections officers.

PBA President Patrick Lynch, who lives in Bayside, said that Vallone’s experience on crime issues made him the choice for his members, totaling more than 22,000 active officers.

“He has supported us and stood up for us,” Lynch said.

Vallone has been a staunch advocate for NYPD security cameras and argued for an increase in police manpower.

Vallone is locked in a fierce race with former Councilwoman Melinda Katz, who also has a bevy of union endorsements.

But he can count on the Lynch’s family vote.

“For me, it’s personal,” said Lynch. “There are four votes coming from my household.”