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 Friday, June 5, 2015, 7:16 PM

  

 

Patrick Lynch re-elected as PBA president in landslide victory; pledges to 'Do what's in the best interest of our members'

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, JENNIFER FERMINO, THOMAS TRACY

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Patrick Lynch, who has been Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president for 16 years, was re-elected Friday.

Patrick Lynch was re-elected to president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the city's largest police union, in a landslide Friday.

In winning his fifth four-year term, Lynch said his 70% margin of victory is proof that officers "have recognized the hard work and successes that Team Lynch has achieved on their behalf."

"A single tenet has and will continue to guide us as we look to the future: do what's in the best interest of our members," he added.

The lead challenger, Officer Brian Fusco, conceded before the final tally was tabulated, insiders said. His campaign realized Lynch already had secured a "convincing victory," an insider said.

Fusco, who is the PBA's Brooklyn trustee, didn't even win his own borough, a second source said.

"This was a hard-fought race in which the members of the PBA were able to hear our positions on the critical issues facing police officers," Fusco said.

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Candidate Brian Fusco conceded defeat shortly after votes were counted.

"The members have spoken, and we respect their decision."

A member of Fusco's Strengthen the Shield ticket, Betty Carradero, was elected Bronx trustee, the first woman board member in the union's history.

Police Officer Ronald Wilson, who was also seeking the PBA presidency, finished third, insiders said.

"The membership isn't ready for change," Wilson said. "I was unhappy with the present leadership, but I can't be unhappy with the results because it's what the membership wanted."

Wilson's campaign garnered less attention than Fusco's, whose slate included Officers Joe Anthony and Mike Hernandez, both of whom were indicted in the ticket-fixing scandal.

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Lynch made headlines in December after NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos, left, and Wenjian Liu were executed in Brooklyn, saying anti-police rhetoric from City Hall created a hostile climate for cops.

It wasn't immediately clear how many officers voted in the contentious election.

Lynch ignited a firestorm when he and sergeants union head Ed Mullins blasted Mayor de Blasio for his criticism of the NYPD, suggesting he was responsible for the climate that lead to the executions in Brooklyn of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

"That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor," Lynch said immediately following the December murders.

"When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable."

Lynch has spoken out, time and again, against parole for cop killers, and has pushed for an increase in the official NYPD headcount.

Fusco had described Lynch as out of touch with the rank and file and said he failed the union's members because younger officers have less disability coverage than more veteran ones. 

rparascandola@nydailynews.com