New York Daily News

Updated: November 10, 2015, 9:57 AM

  

 

NYPD cops angry over tiny 1% raise to protest at Gracie Mansion, hoping to send a 'strong message' to Edelman and de Blasio

BY ERIN DURKIN

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that PBA head Pat Lynch is to blame for the very modest 1% raise proposal for cops with over 2 years of experience.

Cops furious over an arbitrator’s decision to give them a 1% raise will take their outrage to Gracie Mansion, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said Monday.

The police, who last week demonstrated outside arbitrator Howard Edelman’s Upper East Side home, will gather outside of the mayor’s residence on Wednesday.

“Feel free to bring any friends and family who can help us send a strong message to both Edelman and Mayor de Blasio that New York City police officers deserve better,” the PBA’s announcement said.

The protest pronouncement came just hours after NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said PBA head Patrick Lynch gambled and lost when he opted to go to arbitration rather than settle with the city directly.

“He rolled the dice, and he lost on his roll of the dice. That’s quite clear,” Bratton told reporters Monday.

An arbitrator recommended 1% raises for cops over two years.

Bratton acknowledged officers are upset about the lack of raises, but said overall morale hasn’t suffered.

“I actually think the morale of the officers is pretty well,” he said. “Are they unhappy about the pay issues? They certainly are. That’s been expressed by Mr. Lynch.”

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PBA boss Pat Lynch fired back at Bratton, saying that the “Mayor and Police Commissioner are confusing high-tech gadgets ... with things that improve morale."

But Bratton said the NYPD has given other perks to cops to make them happier on the job, including changing the discipline system, providing new bulletproof vests, and giving out smart phones and other technology.  

The department is also overhauling facilities at the 77 police precincts, and replacing bathrooms and locker rooms.

“I think we’re doing quite well in addressing morale issues,” he said. “Everything else they’ve expressed concern on, we are addressing.”

Lynch shot back that the "Mayor and Police Commissioner are confusing high-tech gadgets that improve job efficiency and safety equipment, that they are required to provide by law, with things that improve morale."

He charged that arbitrator Howard Edelman's neutrality was "coopted" by the city.

"Our members' morale is at rock bottom because nothing has been done to help them feed their families, pay their rent or put shoes on their children's feet," he said.