New York Post
November 26, 2007

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

COPPING A PLEA: PAY FINEST THEIR WORTH

November 26, 2007 -- Pat Lynch is doing the job of PBA President that we elected him to do ("Deluding Cops," Editorial, Nov. 19).

As usual, the city administration doesn't want to sit down in good faith and negotiate — it simply wants to shove its pattern bargaining down our throats.

Thanks to Lynch, we won't stand for the city's decades-long tactics and are fighting back for the wages we deserve.

Remember the brave men and women who risk all on a daily basis for this city and pay them a living wage for all their sacrifices.

Lynch, don't quit the good fight.

Joe Colavito
Howard Beach


 

"Deluding Cops" suggests that Lynch get a job with Nassau County's police department.

Why, instead, doesn't The Post's editor take a cut in pay to match an editor of a local newspaper?

Or, when it comes time for a raise, the editor take the same raise as the newspaper boy?

This is what the members of the NYPD are expected to do.

Most NYPD officers know we won't make Nassau or Suffolk counties pay, but all we want is a fair raise for all the hard work we have done to bring NYC to the place it is today.

A decent raise is long overdue.

Robert J. Berl
PBA Delegate
112 Precinct
Forest Hills


 

As a retired NYPD officer, it always amazes me how The Post parrots the city's bargaining talking points.

You try to confuse your readers by implying that the PBA expects to get paid like Nassau and Suffolk County officers.

The PBA consistently compares itself to similar police in municipalities such as Newark, Port Authority and the MTA police.

Not only are they better compensated in salary, but they also have a better work schedule than my brothers and sisters in blue.

These are the reasons that seasoned officers run out the door the minute they attain 20 years, and this is why parity is such a bad bargaining practice.

We are constantly referred to as The Finest; should we not be paid a wage that backs up that well-deserved title?

Darren Curley
Staten Island