June 5, 2015 | 3:29pm  

 

Police union president re-elected in a landslide

By Shawn Cohen and Larry Celona

Reuters
Pat Lynch

It’s Pat Lynch by a landslide.

The longtime head of the city’s 24,000-member Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association cruised to victory over challengers Brian Fusco and Ronald Wilson in the union’s latest election, officials said Friday.

Police officers had been casting their ballots for the past two weeks, and the tallying of the results was finished Friday, handing Lynch a win by a margin of nearly 70 percentage points.

Fusco, a 27-year NYPD veteran and Lynch’s staunchest foe, conceded the election Friday afternoon, saying in a statement, “The members have spoken, and we respect their decision.’’

He added a shout-out to a member of his Strengthen the Shield slate, Betty Caradero, noting that she “was elected as Bronx trustee, the first female board member in the history of the PBA.”

Lynch has been in the top office since 1999.

“Serving as a New York City police officer is a noble profession, and we are honored and privileged to represent these courageous men and women,’’ Lynch said in a statement.