New York Post
August 28, 2002

Letters to the Editor

The Men in Blue Deserve More Green

* In recent editorials that have knocked the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and its President Pat Lynch, The Post failed to realize that the reason Lynch took the negotiations to PERB was to find a fair negotiation panel. (“Pat Lynch’s PERB Walk,” Editorial, Aug.15).

The paper also fails to recall the last contract that the city forced on the union that contained two years of zero-percent raises.

The city is attempting to force police officers to work an additional 10 days in return for the wage increase that is on the table. Most officers already work two jobs. The additional days would cause an officer to see less of his or her family then he already does.

While the outlook does not look good, Lynch defended my brother and sister officers and is still working hard to get a fair raise. He shouldn’t be knocked for fighting for what is deserved.
John G. Brosnan – Massapequa Park

*It looks like once again the hardest working, best cops in the land will get a chump raise.

They went to state arbitration to get a fair deal, but the fix was in there, too.

They will have to serve out their time until they retire to get a raise in the private sector.
Ed Walz – Lindenhurst

*The city claims it can’t afford to pay cops and firefighters more money. If the city is so broke, what’s with the $600 million purchase of new subway cars?

Give us a break, Mr. Mayor. This song and dance is played out.
Rob Wicklund – Hampton Bays

*Why does the city demand that police officers make “productivity concessions” to get pay raises exceeding those of other city employees? Haven’t cops given enough?

NYC cops have brought crime down to record lows, improved the quality of life in the city beyond most people’s most optimistic expectations and are now on the front line of defense against terrorists.

Twenty-three NYPD officers lost their lives on Sept. 11 trying to save others. This is productivity and sacrifice that is truly unique in the history of policing.
Michael Gorman – Whitestone

* During the past eight years. Teachers have been unable to raise student performance on both the reading and math-standardized tests. More that 50 percent of students still can’t meet grade-level requirements.

Mayor Bloomberg, however saw fit to go to Albany on their behalf and provide them with pay raises of 16-to-22 percent.

Police officers – over the same eight-year period – have reduced citywide crime by more than 50 percent. Yet Bloomberg seems comfortable in giving cops a paltry 10-percent raise.

Mayor Mike must have learned the definition of productivity in one of our failing schools.
James E. Murray – Brooklyn

*The term “overworked and underpaid” should replace the NYPD’s motto to “To protect and serve.”
Peter O’Brien - Brooklyn