New York Daily News

Updated: November 11, 2015, 11:03 PM

  

 

PBA President Pat Lynch rallies hundreds of NYPD officers outside Gracie Mansion to protest 1% pay raise

BY ERIN DURKIN, DENIS SLATTERY

ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“We don’t flip burgers. We chase burglars,” one sign read, a knock against city fast food workers, who expect to see their salaries increased to $15 an hour by 2018.

A blue wall of noise lined the sidewalk outside Gracie Mansion on Wednesday evening as hundreds of police union members rallied against a 1% raise pay hike.

Two blocks of East End Ave., across from the mayoral residence, were filled with furious NYPD officers and supporters upset over a three-member arbitration panel’s paltry proposal.

Mayor de Blasio has said the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has no one to blame but itself for the contract proposal, which calls for 1% annual raises for cops over the next two years.

Chants of “de Blasio must go” and “one-term mayor” echoed down the tree-lined Upper East Side block as demonstrators carrying signs shouted and blew whistles.

“We don’t flip burgers. We chase burglars,” one sign read, a knock against city fast food workers, who expect to see their salaries increased to $15 an hour by 2018.

ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
PBA President Pat Lynch rallied the crowd by marching back and forth in front of the penned-in protesters with a bullhorn, bellowing out the names of fallen cops Wenjian Liu, Rafael Ramos, Peter Figoski, Randolph Holder and Brian Moore.

PBA President Pat Lynch rallied the crowd by marching back and forth in front of the penned-in protesters with a bullhorn, bellowing out the names of fallen cops Wenjian Liu, Rafael Ramos, Peter Figoski, Randolph Holder and Brian Moore.

Demonstrators shouted back, “Those lives matter!”

Earlier in the day, de Blasio continued to blame the PBA for the current contract clash, but he made clear he was willing to offer an olive branch to the rank-and-file.

“The PBA leadership chose not to continue to negotiate with us. They chose arbitration. That was their choice,” the mayor said after marching in the Veterans Day parade in Midtown. “But our door is always open.

“And we’re always willing to work with labor on their other issues as well.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton backed the mayor’s stance.

“He rolled the dice, and he lost,” Bratton said Monday..

Lynch and the PBA organized a similar 1,000-cop demonstration last week outside the Upper East Side penthouse of state arbitrator Howard Edelman, chairman of the Public Employment Relations Board.