New York Daily News

January 15, 2015, 12:57 AM



Cuomo meets with PBA President Patrick Lynch, Detectives' Endowment Association leader Michael Palladino: sources


No word on whether NYPD's conflict with Mayor de Blasio was mentioned, but Cuomo's camp says 'range of issues' was discussed


Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday he doesn’t want to mediate the bitter dispute between Mayor de Blasio and the police unions — but it seems he might be doing just that.

Cuomo met privately with Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and Detectives’ Endowment Association head Michael Palladino on Tuesday, sources said.

Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa confirmed the governor met with Lynch and Palladino, but did not disclose whether the conflict with de Blasio came up.

She did say that “a range of issues” was discussed.

Cuomo told reporters Wednesday that the ongoing tensions between de Blasio and the police unions are not good for the city.

“Everybody in New York City knows that this situation is unsustainable and it’s not healthy and it’s not productive,” Cuomo said. “This city and this state is a possible terrorist target, so this is a distraction that we don’t need.”

But he also insisted he is not looking to mediate a personal dispute, preferring to instead focus on solving the bigger problems like justice reform and better protections for police.

“I am working, meeting with everyone, talking to everyone, to resolve those problems,” Cuomo said. “That is different than, ‘I feel like this, you feel like that and let’s talk about how we feel.’ ”

Lynch has repeatedly said he has no confidence City Hall can help to solve the conflict.

The detectives union suggested former President Bill Clinton mediate — an idea shot down by Clinton, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and de Blasio.

Ed Mullins, the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, sent a letter to Cuomo last week asking him to intervene.