New York Daily News

June 9, 2014


 


the Shack

PBA prez: Pass bill to raise benefits for cops who are seriously injured

BY TINA MOORE

 
NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch.  

The head of the city's police union wants his boys in blue to get the same disability protection as every other police officer in the state when they are seriously injured in the line of duty.

Patrick Lynch, president of the city's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, wrote a letter to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito asking her to bring a home rule message to a vote as a first step towards passing state legislation.

“It is truly ironic that the police officers who walk what is arguably the toughest beat in America have the absolute worst disability protection in New York State,” he said.

He said the “injustice” has been highlighted by the serious injury of Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez, who suffered severe lung damage while responding to an arson fire that killed her partner, Dennis Guerra, in Coney Island.

“Should she be unable to return to duty and is retired with a line of duty disability, the city will support her sacrifice with about $24,000 a year which is less than the proposed minimum wage being considered by the council,” Lynch wrote.

“The city has a moral obligation to support those who are seriously injured in the service of this city, regardless of the cost,” he wrote. “How can this city in good conscience expect these officers to put themselves in harm’s ay knowing their disability support is inadequate?”

If passed, the bill would raise Rodriguez's disability benefit to about $39,000.

tmoore@nydailynews.com