December 15, 2014 | 1:42pm


Cuomo defends cops barring de Blasio from funerals

By Carl Campanile, Kirstan Conley, Michael Gartland and Bruce Golding

Photo: William Farrington, AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) defended PBA President Pat Lynch (left) in his battle against Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Gov. Cuomo on Monday defended the head of the Patrolmen’s Benovolent Association over a controversial plan to bar Mayor de Blasio from attending any future funerals for slain cops.

Cuomo called PBA President Pat Lynch a “fine” leader who was reacting to the ongoing series of anti-cop protests over unindicted police killings in Staten Island and Ferguson, Mo.

“He was venting that emotion. He is standing up for the police, which is his job, and making the point that police need protection, too, in situations like this, and need respect and consideration in situations like this,” Cuomo told public radio’s “Capitol Pressroom” program.

Cuomo, who referred to Lynch as both a “friend” and a fellow “Queens boy,” also said the PBA chief “has tremendous respect for the office of the mayor and understands the police need a good working relationship with the mayor.”

“I believe at the next funeral — and I hope there is not a next funeral — I am sure at the next funeral … you’ll see the mayor of New York, you’ll see me and you’ll see Pat Lynch because we need to work together,” he said.

Last week, the PBA began distributing a form titled “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” for cops to request that both de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito skip their funeral services if they’re killed in the line of duty.

The form cites de Blasio and Mark-Viverito’s “consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve.”

The PBA said it had not yet started collecting the signed documents.

Meanwhile, de Blasio on Monday refused to back down from his use of the word “allegedly” to describe a mob attack Saturday on two NYPD lieutenants as they tried to arrest a protester who was attempting to heave a garbage can onto other cops from an elevated walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for a park in Brooklyn, de Blasio said that “events are alleged until we have all the facts.”

“But what we believe we know is that individuals attacked our police officers in an entirely inappropriate and unacceptable way,” he added.

The head of the NYPD’s detectives union, Michael Palladino, on Sunday blasted de Blasio for saying that the cops were “allegedly assaulted,” insisting: “When cops are the accused, the word ‘alleged’ never enters into the discussion.”

A CUNY professor, Eric Linsker, was busted early Sunday on assault and other felony charges related to the attack.

Cops said Linsker, 29, of Brooklyn, was the person who tried to toss the trash bin, and that he left a backpack containing three hammers and a black ski mask at the scene when he and other protesters ran away.