Staten Island Advance
September 5, 2013

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association endorses Staten Island Republicans Oddo, Ignizio and Matteo

By Tom Wrobleski
Staten Island Advance

City Councilman Vincent Ignizio, PBA president Patrick Lynch, Mid-Island Council candidate Steven Matteo and City Councilman James Oddo, the GOP candidate for borough president, are shown with PBA leaders at endorsement event outside the 122nd Precinct stationhouse, New Dorp. (Credit: Courtesy of the Matteo campaign)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) on Wednesday backed a trio of Republicans in Staten Island races.

The PBA endorsed City Councilman James Oddo for borough president; Councilman Vincent Ignizio for re-election, and Steven Matteo in the race for the Mid-Island Council seat.

"We need to have a team working together that knows, not only what Staten Island needs, but also the city as a whole," PBA president Pat Lynch said outside the 122nd Precinct stationhouse in New Dorp.

He said the three had earned the support of the union, which represents 50,000 active and retired members.

Oddo (R-Mid-Island) said that police are to thank for the city's booming tourism industry and its economic development successes.

"The public safety we have is because there is a thin blue line between the old days and the great new days, and that is the men and women of the NYPD," he said.

Ignizio (R-South Shore) said that New Yorkers should thank the NYPD for driving down the murder rate.

"That doesn't happen by accident," he said, "that happens because men and women say, 'you're not going to kill someone today because I'm in between that guy you want to kill and you.'"

Matteo's father is a retired police officer.

"I know firsthand what it means for cops to put their lives at risk because I saw it as a young kid when my father was a cop," he said.

Matteo faces attorney Lisa Giovinazzo in Tuesday's GOP primary.