Staten Island Advance
September 25, 2008

Editorial: City, PBA come together

We were glad to hear that the long-running and often bitter contract dispute between the city and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) has finally been settled.

Under the terms of a new contract agreed to by both sides Thursday, the top annual salary for veteran police officers will rise from $65,382 to $76,588 — a 17-percent increase over four years. The total compensation package for veteran cops will be worth more than $91,000.

In May, an arbitration panel also awarded police officers retroactive raises of between 4.5 and 5 percent annually for the years 2004-2006.

Just as important, the starting salary for rookie officers will rise to $40,000. That should boost the NYPD's flagging recruiting efforts.

New York's Finest deserve pay that is commensurate with the superb job they do, so this is good news. So is the prospect that PBA President Patrick Lynch can now stop blaming everything that goes wrong in the city, however tenuously connected, on the low police salary — for a while, anyway.