Staten Island Advance
October 20, 2007

PBA throws weight behind Donovan

By GLENN NYBACK

ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

Praising the Staten Island district attorney's office for its partnership with police officers in the city, the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association yesterday endorsed the GOP incumbent for re-election as district attorney.

Standing outside state Supreme Court in St. George, Patrick Lynch said District Attorney Daniel Donovan has done a great job working "hand-in-hand" with the Island's three police precincts to get criminals off the street.

"He's the person who understands the criminal justice system and how the police officer fits into that justice system and the importance to New York City police officers' partnership with enforcement," Lynch said. "We do not give endorsements, a candidate earns the endorsement. Dan Donovan has earned this endorsement."

The PBA, which represents rank-and-file police officers, said the community would benefit from having Donovan in office for another four years.

"We know this candidate and we know what he's done in office joining with us," Lynch said. "He's done the right thing, he's made the right, difficult calls and we stay with the candidate that's proven himself to us."

Donovan responded that he is "humbled" over receiving the PBA's endorsement.

"They're the largest union in the greatest police department in the world," he said. "These are our partners in our fight against crime. I'm grateful that they feel this way about me."

Glenn Nyback is a news reporter for the Advance. He may be reached at nyback@siadvance.com.