New York Post
June 7, 1999


PBA WINNER VOWS CHANGE

By LARRY CELONA

The newly elected head of the city's police union yesterday promised big changes in how the union operates - and to fight hard for raises when the time comes.

Patrick Lynch, 35, who billed himself as the outsider in the hotly contested race for president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, was declared the winner of the mail-in vote over the weekend.

Lynch's victory was a stinging rejection of the PBA leadership, which negotiated the last contract with the city.

That deal infuriated cops because it contained no pay raises for the first two years, leading to protests against "zeros for heroes."

The pact is set to end in 2000, and Lynch vowed to fight for a better deal.

Lynch said the 27,000 union members were responsible for the dramatic drop in crime in New York City, and "cops need to be paid accordingly."

"They want to live well, they want a raise," he said.

At his first news conference, Lynch was flanked by supporters, six of whom won other key leadership positions.

Lynch campaigned by driving a Winnebago from precinct to precinct, talking to officers on the streets and their beats, and vowed yesterday to continue reaching out to cops.

"We're still going to go out there every day and listen to our members," said Lynch. "I plan on being outspoken ... to build the trust of the membership up.

"I plan to have an open-door policy and work with city government in helping cops."

Police Commissioner Howard Safir, who has publicly feuded with outgoing PBA boss James "Doc" Savage, said he was looking forward to working with Lynch.

Savage, who was appointed acting PBA president after the controversial contract was won, orchestrated a public attack on Safir with a delegate "no-confidence" vote against the commissioner in April.

"I think it's great that the PBA has some new leadership," Safir said yesterday.

Lynch supporters swept the other top spots, including: John Puglissi, first vice president; John Loud, second vice president; Joseph Alejandro, treasurer; Robert Zink, recording secretary; and Brian Mooney, citywide trustee.

Other Lynch men elected to key posts include Marco Varella and John Giangrasso in Brooklyn, and Walter Liddy in Manhattan.