New York Daily News

January 16, 2015, 9:56 PM

  

 

Patrick Lynch says he's not bothered by non-cop critics

 

The president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said he doesn’t care about the poll results that gave him a dismal 18% approval rating among New Yorkers.

BY RICH SCHAPIRO

GO NAKAMURA FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
'I fight for and speak for the police officers of the City of New York and they are the only ones whose opinions I care about,' says PBA boss Patrick Lynch.

Police union boss Patrick Lynch says he’s immune to criticism — from everyone other than cops.

A day after a poll revealed Lynch has a dismal 18% approval rating among New Yorkers, the tough-talking president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said he doesn’t care.

“I fight for and speak for the police officers of the City of New York and they are the only ones whose opinions I care about,” Lynch said.

“I don't do my job to make myself popular. I fight for what’s right for my members.”

The Quinnipiac University poll highlighted city residents’ growing distaste for Lynch, who accused Mayor de Blasio of having “blood on his hands” following the murders of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Cops have also started turning against him. Fuming delegates lashed out at the powerful union boss at a recent meeting, demanding that he focus on safety issues rather than hound de Blasio.

Meanwhile, a small band of protesters gathered outside the union’s lower Manhattan headquarters Friday and called for an end to “broken windows” policing.

A coordinated work slowdown by the NYPD proved the focus on low-level crimes — which critics say disproportionately affects minority communities — plays no role in keeping major crime down in the city, demonstrators said.

“We just had a practical application of what happens when you end broken windows — nothing!” said Nadya Stevens, 31, of Brooklyn.

Lynch dismissed the protest.

“They had 10 people there and it didn’t make much of a statement,” he said.

With Caitlin Nolan