November 11, 2015 | 6:45pm  

 

‘De Blasio sucks!’: Furious cops protest meager raise proposal

By Aaron Feis and Madison Iszler

PBA President Pat Lynch leads police protest.

Hundreds of livid police union members staged a noisy protest outside Gracie Mansion Wednesday evening, chanting “de Blasio sucks” and “One-term mayor” in response to arbitrators’ recent 1-percent raise proposal.

As many as 400 rank-and-file cops, many in Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association shirts, flooded two blocks along East End Avenue from E. 87th Street to 89th Street, as PBA President Pat Lynch led some of the chants with a megaphone.

“One percent, one term mayor!” Lynch yelled with the crowd, which was contained on the sidewalks by barricades.

Earlier in the day, Mayor de Blasio said the door is “always open” to negotiate a new contract with the union, which has gone without a contract for five years, but that it, too, has to be amenable.

“Our door is still open to talk about a long-term contract but it will be part of the pattern that all the uniformed services have agreed to,” he said at an unrelated press conference.

“The PBA leadership chose not to continue to negotiate with us. They chose arbitration; that was their choice. But our door is always open. We believe the pattern’s fair and we’re always willing to work with labor on their other issues as well.”

The irate cops have been on the war path against the city since last week, when a three-member arbitration panel proposed giving the union retroactive raises of 1 percent for each of two years.

At least 1,000 PBA members picketed outside the Upper East Side home of arbitrator Howard Edelman, chairman of the Public Employment Relations Board.

Some of the protestors even carried a makeshift coffin symbolizing the dangers they face at work each day.

Like last week’s protest, Lynch led a call-and-response chant outside de Blasio’s home, reading the names of fallen police officers Wenjian Liu, Rafael Ramos, Peter Figoski, Randolph Holder and Brian Moore — while union members yelled back, “Those lives matter!”

Some of cops also held signs that said, “Give 100%, Get 1%” and “Near Zeros for Heros.”

Also on scene outside Gracie Mansion was NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit, which often responds to large-scale crowd situations like Occupy Wall Street and other protests.