Wall Street Journal
June 2, 2015 8:37 p.m. ET

Police Union President Is Re-elected


Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal
Patrick Lynch was re-elected as president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association

Patrick Lynch, the police union president who feuded with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last year, was re-elected to his role Friday.

Mr. Lynch, the head of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, the more than 20,000-member union of the city’s police officers, won about 70% of the vote after facing a rare challenge in this year’s election, union officials said. Mr. Lynch defeated New York Police Department Officer Brian Fusco.

“We are extremely gratified that our members have recognized the hard work and successes that Team Lynch has achieved on their behalf,” Mr. Lynch said in a statement Friday afternoon. “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.”

“The members have spoken, and we respect their decision,” Mr. Fusco said in a statement Friday.

Mr. Lynch blamed Mr. de Blasio in part for the assassination of two NYPD officers last December. He said Mr. de Blasio had “blood on his hands” because of the mayor’s criticism of policing and his handling of protests in the wake of the decision by a grand jury weeks earlier not to indict an officer in the death of Eric Garner.