New York Daily News

December 31, 2014, 10:40 AM


 

Bill de Blasio administration reached out to labor, business leaders ahead of tense cop union meeting

 

A City Hall spokesman said the outreach was an effort to keep the rhetoric calm and urge unity. But some sources said it was an attempt to align widespread union support behind the mayor and leaders were asked to bash Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Pat Lynch in the process — a claim City Hall denied.

BY JENNIFER FERMINO, GINGER ADAMS OTIS

TODD MAISEL
High-ranking officials in the de Blasio administration reached out to labor leaders, business leaders, clergy and other politicians ahead of the mayor’s tense meeting Tuesday with five cop unions, the Daily News has learned.

High-ranking officials in the de Blasio administration reached out to labor leaders, business leaders, clergy and other politicians ahead of the mayor’s tense meeting Tuesday with five cop unions, the Daily News has learned.

A City Hall spokesman said the outreach was an effort to keep the rhetoric calm and urge unity.

But some sources said it was an attempt to align widespread union support behind the mayor and leaders were asked to bash Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Pat Lynch in the process — a claim City Hall denied.

It came as tensions between Mayor de Blasio and the PBA reached an all-time high after cops turned their back on the mayor at a funeral for one of their slain brothers.

TODD MAISEL
But some sources said it was an attempt to align widespread union support behind the mayor and leaders were asked to bash Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Pat Lynch in the process — a claim City Hall denied.

The calls were placed over the weekend and into Monday — at the same time City Hall tried to broker a sitdown with Lynch and the four other law enforcement unions that represent the higher ranks.

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glenn put in some phone calls to the business community two weeks ago, City Hall said.

She also got in contact with some union leaders, and there was talk of calling a larger labor meeting, sources told The News.

A spokesman said City Hall had considered calling together some of the city’s labor groups before it became clear that Lynch and the other cop unions would agree to a sitdown.

JOHN ROCA/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
It came as tensions between Mayor de Blasio and the PBA reached an all-time high after cops turned their back on the mayor at a funeral for one of their slain brothers.

“As we've often done, we reached out to public officials to ask that they stand with the mayor and his requests for New Yorkers to do all they can to respect and support the families of Officers Ramos and Liu as the city deals with this unconscionable tragedy,” said City Hall’s Marti Adams.

A City Hall source pointed out that none of the mayor's close allies have publicly bashed Lynch.


TODD MAISEL
A spokesman said City Hall had considered calling together some of the city’s labor groups before it became clear that Lynch and the other cop unions would agree to a sitdown.

Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Weinjian Liu were killed Dec. 20 by a deranged gunman who executed them as they sat in their patrol car in front of a Brooklyn housing project.

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