New York Post
April 25, 2001


NY Post Letters

NYPD COPS TO CITY:
ALL WE WANT IS A FAIR SHAKE

April 25, 2001 -- In your editorial, you asked the rhetorical question, "Do the cops have a legitimate gripe?" about the way they've been treated over the past eight years. Your answer was "maybe" ("A Police Raid - on the City Fisc," Editorial, April 21). Ours is a resounding "yes." New York City police officers were largely responsible for our town's economic boom and were rewarded with miserly contracts that included double-zero wage increases while the mayor and City Council were rewarding themselves with 50 percent raises.

Further, recognizing the city's budget limitations, the PBA isn't asking for pay parity with cops in the wealthier suburbs like Nassau and Suffolk, as your editorial suggested, but with the much less prosperous metropolis of Newark.

Newark, unlike the suburbs, has a paid fire and paid sanitation department and a per capita income 42 percent lower than New York City's, yet it still manages to pay its cops 25 percent more than ours are paid.

No wonder New York City is in a crisis where it can't hire new cops while valuable veterans are retiring in droves.

Patrick J. Lynch
PBA President
Manhattan