New York Daily News

January 16, 2015, 12:08 AM

  

 

Rank and file rip PBA union boss Patrick Lynch for ‘temper tantrum’

 

During a meeting in Queens on Tuesday, delegates displayed their anger toward the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and accused him of neglecting the safety of police officers. Some rank and file insisted Lynch stop badgering Mayor de Blasio and focus on them instead. Lynch defended his actions and then stormed out of the meeting.

BY TINA MOORE, GINGER ADAMS OTIS

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Rank and file appear to be fed up with the fiery rhetoric of PBA boss Patrick Lynch (C).

Angry delegates at a tumultuous police union meeting accused Patrick Lynch of putting his “temper tantrum” ahead of their safety, according to audio obtained by the Daily News.

“I wanna know was this all in vain? It sounds like a temper tantrum,” a delegate can be heard saying to Lynch on the tape.

“If it’s a temper tantrum let’s move on with our lives ... Can we get something to protect the officers out of this?” the man asked.

“I don’t need the mayor to apologize .. Where’s the safety? Do we have some more radio cars? Computers that work? Our faded vests?” the delegate urged.

The 8-minute clip revealed the deep fissure within the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, as some delegates insisted Lynch stop badgering Mayor de Blasio and focus on them instead.

They pressured the longtime union president to tell them what happened Dec. 30, when Lynch met with de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and four other cop unions.

“When can we expect changes? What came out of the meeting? ” one demanded during the Tuesday gathering in Queens.

Some rank and file were already getting heat for the slowdown in arrests and summonses, the union rep warned.

Lynch fought back, lifting his booming voice even higher.

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton wants City Hall's feud with police union leaders to end.

“I can never promise everything is going to be fixed because quite frankly the mayor doesn’t care ... he needs to change his tone moving forward because he’s the one who helped stir this,” the union president said in a near-shout.

“The City Council needs to change because they’re the ones who helped stir this atmosphere,” Lynch added.

He then blasted the delegates for suggesting the slowdown was anything but the organic reaction of a devastated police force after two of its members were executed Dec. 20.

“This started at the hospital ‘cuz two of our brothers were gunned down. Can we fix everything? We never promised that we would but we told you that we’d fight on behalf of everyone here and we’re going to continue to do that,” said Lynch, who stormed out a few minutes later, sources said.

The PBA wasn’t alone in feeling the strain. A weary Commissioner Bill Bratton on Thursday said he was ready to move on.

The war of words was “psychologically and physically exhausting,” the top cop said.

“(It) takes an emotional toll on all those involved, a physical toll in some respects.” But, Bratton can see the light at the end of the rhetoric tunnel.

“I think we’re moving, clearly moving, in that direction,” he said.

With Rocco Parascandola, Holly Haber, Thomas Tracy.