New York Post
April 26, 2008

LETTERS

Pat LynchGOOD COP, BAD COP: PBA'S NEWEST PAY PUSH

It is not surprising that The Post blames the police union for the pathetic salaries being paid to the NYPD ("Pat Lynch's Want Ads," Editorial, April 24).

From the beginning, the city should have made decent salary proposals to New York's Finest during negotiations and avoided arbitration.

The Post should demand that the city step up to the plate and pay the men and women of the NYPD fair and competitive salaries, commensurate with the important responsibilities of their jobs.

Clifford Silvers
Milford, Conn.

It wasn't PBA President Pat Lynch's idea to cannibalize the starting pay; it was the arbitrator's.

If the Bloomberg administration would have bargained in good faith to begin with, this would never have happened. Just like the Giuliani administration stuck it to cops, so has our billionaire mayor.

No matter how you try to spin it, city cops are grossly underpaid at the bottom and top of their pay scales.

To not substantially raise both will continue to force senior officers to look for better options and force the city to continue to hire bankrobbers and thugs to fill in the ranks of the Finest.

Lynch, your members are fully behind you, and have complete confidence in your ability.

Joe Colavito
Howard Beach

It was the city's failure to raise the salary when raising the educational requirements back in 1995 that laid the groundwork for the NYPD's current recruiting crisis and gave birth to a massive increase in the numbers of veteran officers - almost 1,000 a year - who quit for better paying jobs.

The only way the NYPD will be able to attract mature and better-educated candidates and keep fully trained and experienced veteran officers on the job is to offer top pay that is competitive with other local jurisdictions.

If the PERB arbitration panel fails to make police top pay competitive, not only will it have threatened the future of the NYPD, but it will also imperil the safety of New York's streets and neighborhoods.

The Post does this city a disservice by repeating the mayor's lies.

Patrick J. Lynch
President, PBA
Manhattan