New York Post
August 16, 2001


PBA Wins In Bid For Mediator

By DAVID SEIFMAN

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association won another round yesterday in its yearlong contract battle with the city, when the state Public Employment Relations Board named a mediator to settle the bitter dispute.

Bob Linn, the PBA's chief negotiator, said if mediation fails, the next step is binding arbitration - which the city has consistently opposed.

The mediator, Al Viani, is well-known to both sides. For years, he served as a top aide to Victor Gotbaum, former president of District Council 37. From 1985 until his retirement in 1993, Viani was on the city's Board of Collective Bargaining.

The PBA is demanding a 39 percent wage hike over two years.