New York Post
September 14, 2004

Letter from Pat Lynch

Let's hope that Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly didn't get hurt patting themselves on the back so profusely in their article, "NYC's GOP-Week Success" (Opinion, Sept. 10).

We agree that New York can be proud of its handling of a tough and potentially incendiary situation.

But if anyone deserves the credit for this success, it's the police officers who put their lives on the line so that Americans could exercise their right to protest.

New York has heard the collective voices of 22,200 dedicated and courageous police officers as they chant "keep the praise, give us a raise" against an administration that claims that the job they do is no different from other city workers.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't see any other city employees manning the barricades against anarchists who hurled insults and worse in an attempt to incite the type of violence that gets them headlines.

The mayor and police commissioner are quick to call us professionals and to take credit for our work, but they refuse to formulate a plan that will bring our police officers up to a level of pay on par with other professional police departments.

It's time for this city to put some money where its mouth is.

Patrick J. Lynch
President, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Manhattan.