May 28, 2015 | 2:13am  


PBA head claims rival released cops’ addresses to mailing house

By Shawn Cohen and Joe Tacopino

Left: Gregory P. Mango; right: Paul Martinka
Pat Lynch (left) claims that Brian Fusco (right) released private information of cops.

The battle for the presidency of the PBA turned ugly Wednesday as the current head of the police union accused his main rival of putting cops’ safety at risk.

Union president Pat Lynch blasted PBA trustee Brian Fusco, who is challenging him for union president this spring, claiming Fusco allegedly took names and addresses of thousands of cops and gave them to a mailing house.

Lynch’s supporters say Fusco, who is part of the “Strengthen the Shield” slate, illegally obtained the info and put the safety of police officers at risk.

“This is an outrageous and inexcusable disregard for the safety of our members,” Lynch said. “Police officers’ personal information must be treated with the utmost privacy in order to keep them and their families safe.”

Fusco says nothing unlawful took place and Lynch was engaging in theatrics.

“What we are now witnessing is a trademark Pat Lynch tantrum,” Fusco said. “The ‘Strengthen the Shield’ slate has done nothing ­inappropriate. No information was stolen or compromised.”

Fusco, a 27-year NYPD veteran, is seeking to supplant Lynch and Lynch’s leadership team. He claims Lynch is all bark and no bite, delivering fiery speeches only to disappear after the microphone is turned off.

Lynch has been a vocal critic of Mayor de Blasio, accusing him of not supporting the NYPD.