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Archive 2004

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December

Dec. 25, 2004
                          
Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post and Daily News, responding to comments by Mayor Bloomberg claiming that one of his biggest disappointments of 2004 was failing to negotiate a new contract with the PBA. The PBA "is always ready to negotiate," Lynch told the Post. "The problem is the mayor's style of negotiation is 'take it or leave it.'"
Dec. 23, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article reporting that the NYPD is being pursued by the owners of a pit bull shot by police officers on a housing project rooftop: "Police officers have an obligation to protect the public from vicious animals."
Dec. 22, 2004 Pat Lynch appears live on NY 1's "Inside City Hall." He defends former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik as a strong leader who was good for cops, criticizes Mayor Bloomberg for for trying to influence the arbitration panel by hinting that police layoffs could result from the PERB awarding police officers more than the pattern, and makes a strong case for why police officers deserve a decent raise.
Dec. 21, 2004 Pat Lynch's "scare tactic" accusation against Mayor Bloomberg is quoted in an editorial in The Chief-Leader.
Dec. 19, 2004 NY 1 quotes from Pat Lynch's statement of Dec. 18.
Dec. 18, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times, New York Post and Daily News in articles about the mayor threatening to cut NYPD manpower if PERB awards the PBA more that the pattern: "The mayor is trying to use scare tactics to improperly influence the arbitration panel. All we want is a fair hearing before that panel and fair compensation for police officers to fix both their salary problem and the city's recruitment and retention problem."
Dec. 7, 2004 Pat Lynch's quotes and photo accompany a story in the Chief-Leader about President Bush's appointment of Bernard Kerik as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security: "He was a strong leader when he was in charge of the New York City Police Department. He understands the seriousness of terrorism. He's a hands-on leader. I think it's a great choice for the country as well as New York City." Lynch also appears in a photo in The Chief-Leader taken at the funeral of P.O. William Rivera, who died Nov. 27 of a blood clot from injuries suffered while chasing a suspect earlier this year.
November
Nov. 30, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany an article in the Chief-Leader about the Bush administrations decision to reduce drastically the funding for a grant program to put more officers on the streets: "New York City needs to take advantage of every federal dollar for police it can. We have 5,000 fewer police officers on our streets today than in 1999. With New York City as the nation's number one target for terrorism, the NYPD should be growing, not shrinking."
Nov. 29, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in the New York Sun about a movement to allow immigrants with green cards to become New York City police officers: "This move to allow non-citizens to become police officers is just another attempt to broaden the pool of candidates for the NYPD because of the serious recruitment and retention problems that exist because of non-competitive compensation."
Nov. 23, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes are included in the Chief-Leader's coverage of the opening of the PBA PERB hearings. "In an interview ... Mr. Lynch siad the union had presented evidence ... that NYPD personnel officials adjusted their hiring goals to match their candidate pool after experiencing a shortfall of qualified candidates. 'They project what they want to hire, then they don't meet that number. When they realize they're not going to meet the numbers they reduce their expectations,' said Mr. Lynch, who blamed low officer salaries for the recruiting problems."
Nov. 18, 2004 The PBA press conference on Judge Laura Blackburne is reported in the Daily News and New York Post. "She obviously has a prejudice against New York City police officers and all law enforcement, and we cannot allow that to continue," the News quotes Lynch.
Nov. 17, 2004 The Daily News, Newsday, New York Post, 1010WINS, New York Law Journal and New York 1 quote Pat Lynch in their articles about the Appellate Division's unanimous decision to reverse Judge Laura Blackburne's Oct. 16, 2002, dismissal of attempted murder charges against William Hodges in the 1999 shooting of Police Officer David Gonzalez: "We are gratified by the judges' recognition of the serious miscarriage of justice that almost occurred in this case. The PBA has been working with David Gonzalez for more than two years now to see that justice was done. And we won't rest until this would-be cop-killer gets all that he deserves." New York 1 and Channel 4 and Channel 7 air soundbites of Lynch, Gonzalez and others in their coverage of a PBA press conference called to demand Blackburne's removal from the bench.
Nov. 12, 2004 The New York Sun reports that most New York City police officers who have donated to political campaigns favor Fernando Ferrer for mayor: "The president of the PBA, Patrick Lynch, said yesterday through a spokesman that police officers often do not have enough money to make political contributions. "They barely get by on what the city pays them," he said. 'Most of them understand and are supportive of the organization and allow the PBA to speak on their behalf politically.'"
Nov. 11, 2004 PBA General Counsel Mike Murray is quoted in a story in The Chief-Leader about the PBA's lawsuit charging that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is violating city regulations by punishing officers under a "phantom" disciplinary process known as the Performance monitoring Program.
Nov. 4, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the attempted murder conviction of an ex-con who shot a police officer whose life was saved by his bullet-proof vest: "Police officers put their live son the line every day to protect the citizens of New York, and it is gratifying when the favor is returned in a jury verdict like this."
Nov. 2, 2004 The PBA runs a full-page ad in the Chief-Leader showing police officers on a precarious cable on the Brooklyn Bridge rescuing an attempted jumper, under the headline: "After a day like this our police officers shouldn't have to work a second job."
October
Oct. 27, 2004 The PBA runs a full-page ad in the Daily News showing police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge rescuing an attempted jumper, under the headline: "After a day like this our police officers shouldn't have to work a second job."
Oct. 25, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in The Sun comparing Mayor Giuliani's and Mayor Bloomberg's negotiating styles: "Bloomberg is Giuliani with a smile."
Oct. 23, 2004 The New York Post and Daily News quote Pat Lynch on Mayor Bloomberg's remarks on his weekly radio appearance that the PBA is unwilling to negotiate. The Daily News: "'What the mayor is trying to do is to divert attention from the fact that he has not once come to the bargaining table," PBA President Patrick Lynch said. Lynch accused the mayor's deputies of failing to bargain in good faith, 'Four percent over three years is an absolute insult to our members,' he said."
Oct. 22, 2004 Pat Lynch is seen and heard on NY 1, responding to Mayor Bloomberg's remarks on the radio that the PBA is unwilling to negotiate. Standing in front of an enlargement of the PBA newspaper ad depicting Bloomberg with a Pinocchio nose under the headline, "Bloomberg's Lies," Lynch tells NY 1: "The mayor does not want to come to the table. He's taking it personally. He shouldn't be. Come to the table. The PBA is ready, willing and able to go to that table and negotiate with them. Realistically negotiate, to fix the problems for our members, giving them a realistic wage, and, more important, for the people of the City of New York."
Oct. 12 , 2004 The PBA runs a full-page ad in Newsday showing police officers being harassed at the GOP convention under a headline: "After a day like this our police officers shouldn't have to work a second job."
September
Sep. 29, 2004                Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the parole application by the killer of Patrolman Cecil Sledge, who was gunned down in 1980: "This cold-blooded killer, who killed while on parole for other crimes, must never see the light of day as a free man."
Sep. 27, 2004 The PBA runs a full-page ad in the New York Post showing Mayor Bloomberg, blindfolded and holding the scales of justice, with New York City police officers' accomplishments far outweighing the city's "insulting wage offer." The headline reads: "New York City's police officers -- highest in productivity, lowest in salary -- Justice really is blind."
Sep. 22, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about a Manhattan judge's ruling that New York City must pay $170,600 to the family of Jose ("Kiko") Garcia, the drug dealer shot and killed in self-defense by Officer Michael O'Keefe in 1992: "It's disgraceful to award money to the family of a known drug dealer when a police officer is found to be working completely within the guidelines of the department and at serious risk to his own life."
Sep. 19, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes are included in an article in The Chief about a recent arbitrator's ruling barring police officers from performing clerical tasks normally done by civilian PAAs: The decision "primarily impacts PBA members and yet we were denied the opportunity to represent our members in this process. For that reason we are considering a challenge to the arbitrator's decision."
Sep. 18, 2004 The New York Post publishes a letter by Pat Lynch urging state legislators to fix the death penalty law in the wake of the murders of Detectives Patrick Rafferty and Robert Parker. "By dragging its feet on this important reform legislation," Lynch wrote in part, "the Assembly has taken an important tool and deterrent -- the threat of execution for heinous crimes -- from the hands of law enforcement and prosecutors. The families of Detectives Parker and Rafferty deserve an opportunity for justice."
Sept. 17, 2004 New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy quotes Pat Lynch in an article about the retirement of 67 Pct. Police Officer Suzie Johnson: I bow to you...I'm in awe of you, retired, but you'll always be a cop at heart."
Sept. 16, 2004 The Daily News quotes Pat Lynch at funeral for slain Det. Patrick Rafferty: "The death penalty is absolutely a deterrent to a cop-killer."
Sept. 14, 2004 A letter by Pat Lynch is published in the New York Post responding to the newspaper's opinion piece about NYC's GOP-Week success. "The mayor and police commissioner are quick to call us professionals and take credit for our work," Lynch writes, in part, "but they refuse to formulate a plan that will bring our police officers upt to a level of pay on par with other professional police departments." Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about the arraignment of the accused killer of Detectives Robert Parker and Patrick Rafferty: "If anything was a capital case, this was."
Sept. 13, 2004 Pat Lynch is interviewed in coverage by Channels 4 and 5 of the killing of Detectives Patrick Rafferty and Robert Parker. Lynch soundbites: "This is a call to the citizens of this city to reach out to their elected officials — fix the problem with the death penalty, get it back in place so things like this don't happen again. This is the case the death penalty was made for — a person that would take the lives of two New York City detectives.
Sept. 12, 2004 Lynch is interviewed by Steve Malzberg on WABC-Radio.
Sept. 10, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article on the new civil trial ordered in the Gidone Busch case: "New York City police officers have no script to follow on the streets of New York. They have to make split-second decisions when faced with danger. In this case we believe the officers took the only option left open to them."
Sept. 1, 2004 Pat Lynch is interviewed on WOR-Radio's Ed Walsh Show on the assault of the police detective at an RNC protest.
August
Aug. 31, 2004 The Daily News and Newsday cover the New York visit by Boston PBA president Tom Nee, 100 of his members and other police officers nationwide who joined the NYC PBA picket line. "Our members are working to keep all of us safe," the News quotes Pat Lynch, "so we thank our brothers and sisters who came from around the country to support us." Lynch's photo and quotes accompany an article in The Chief summarizing the informational picketing and press conferences held by the PBA in the weeks leading up to the Republican National Convention: "Even with the arbitration panel in place, the mayor can come to the table and negotiate. We want the delegates coming to this city to know this is an issue on people's minds."
Aug. 30, 2004 Boston PBA President Tom Nee, 100 of his members and other police officers from around the nation join the New York City PBA for picketing at various locations including outside Gracie Mansion where the mayor is hosting a reception for Republican delegates and for a candlelight vigil at Ground Zero. Coverage is aired by NY 1 and Channels 2, 4, 7 and 11. Pat Lynch soundbite: "What we're asking is people to remember what happened and remember what happened (at Ground Zero) and remember that New York City police officers and firefighters to this day are willing to do it again." Channels 7 and 11 also air stories about a "protest by poor people" near Madison Square Garden at which the protestors chant: "The police deserve a raise."
Aug. 28, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News in an article about the NYPD using thousands of auxiliary police officers to help protect the city during the RNC: "These auxiliary officers do not have the enforcement capabilities to adequately protect the citizens of this city." Lynch is also quoted in a New York Times article about a TV spot by the group opposing the West Side stadium proposal tying its opposition to a call for raises for police officers: "It's absolutely hypocritical to say they can't find money for people to keep us safe, but they can find money to build a stadium to play games."
Aug. 27 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Boston Globe in a story about Boston PBA president Tom Nee leading a contingent of his police officers to join the New York City PBA and UFA in their informational picketing of Mayor Bloomberg on Monday, August 30: "In that our members are going to be working a great deal of overtime on 12-hour shifts, the support of the Boston PBA and of Tom Nee, one of the nation's leading labor leaders, is greatly appreciated. Labor negotiations in New York City is not a fair game played on a level playing field. Striking by police officers is illegal in New York City. For that reason, we have to use every opportunity to leverage the city to do what is moral and what is right." Lynch is interviewed by WNYC's Brian Lehrer concerning the contract dispute.
Aug. 25, 2004 The Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday and the New York Sun cover the PBA-UFA press conference on the City Hall steps with family members of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Aug. 24, 2004 The Daily News, the Associated Press and the New York Sun report on the PBA-UFA press conference in which the unions announce that they have written a letter to President Bush asking him for their help and support in their contract battle with the city. The New York Times and the AP report that the PERB has ordered that an arbitration panel be selected for the PBA's contract dispute. NY 1 and Channels 2, 4, 7, 9 and 11 and WINS news radio air coverage of a PBA-UFA press conference on the City Hall steps with widows, children and other family members of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Lynch soundbite: "Any time in that (arbitration) process, this mayor can come to the table and we can come to a resolution. We're asking him to do that. We're at the table waiting. He refuses to do it."
Aug. 23, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo, taken at the Aug. 21 press conference in Athens Square Park in Astoria, Queens, appears in a New York Times article about possible protests at the Republican National Convention. CNN, NY 1 and Channels 2, 5, 7, 9 and 11 and WINS and WCBS news radio air coverage of the PBA-UFA press conference at Ground Zero announcing that the unions have sent a letter to President Bush asking for his help and support in their contract battle with the mayor. CNN quotes extensively from the letter and it and the other stations run soundbites with Lynch: "We want the President of the United States and all Republicans to know that this mayor is not taking care of the people that keep him and all others safe each and every day."
Aug. 22, 2004 Channels 2 and 4 air morning reports on the PBA press conference in Athens Square Park. Pat Lynch is interviewed on the radio station MIX 102.7 FM Magazine with Earl Douglass.
Aug. 21, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post and Newsday, in a response to the mayor's charge, in his weekly radio broadcast, that the police and fire union leaders are trying to hang on to their "cushy jobs." "This is coming from a billionaire mayor," Lynch is quoted, "who doesn't understand what a working person goes through who has to work a full day without a fair day's pay." The Pinocchio ad runs in Newsday. NY 1 and Channels 5, 7 and 9 air coverage of a PBA press conference in Athens Square Park in Astoria, Queens, in which the local Greek-American community expresses support for the PBA in their contract battle with the mayor, who is at the Olympic Games in Athens at the same moment. Lynch soundbite: "We want to get the message out to the people of New York, to get the mayor of this city to focus on these contract negotiations. We've got to fix this problem."
Aug. 20, 2004 Newsday, the Daily News and the New York Post cover the PBA-UFA press conference on the sidewalk just west of City Hall Park where Pat Lynch and UFA president Steve Cassidy sat at a mock bargaining table with an empty chair representing the absent Mayor Bloomberg. The Post quotes Lynch: "The mayor is jet-setting ... around the world in his private jet, inviting people to come to New York City. He's not taking care of business at home." Lynch is also quoted in a Daily News report that Judge Laura Blackburne has been hit with formal charges by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct. Writes the News: "PBA President Patrick Lynch said his members will not be satisfied until Blackburne is permanently removed from the bench. 'In charging Judge Blackburne with violating judicial ethics, the commission...has reinforced police officers' trust in the system,' Lynch said." PBA First Vice President John Puglissi appears on NY 1's "Inside City Hall" with SBA President Ed Mullins to advocate the police unions' position in the contract battle with the mayor.
Aug. 19, 2004 The New York Times and Daily News run articles about the PBA and UFA attracting 1,000 of their members to a 1 a.m. pop-up informational picketing session outside Mayor Bloomberg's East 79th St. townhouse the previous day. Full-page ads, sponsored by a PBA-led coalition of police and fire unions, rebutting the mayor's lies in his comments about the contract negotiations and depicting him with a Pinocchio nose appear in the Daily News and New York Post. The Post also runs a story about the ad. The ad is also featured in TV coverage of the PBA-UFA press conference on the sidewalk just west of City Hall Park where Pat Lynch and UFA president Steve Cassidy sit at a mock bargaining table with an empty chair representing the absent Mayor Bloomberg. NY 1 and Channels 2, 9 and 5 air coverage of the event. "We're going to continue to follow this mayor, we're going to wake him up in the morning, put him to bed at night. We're going to continue to go out and get our message out," Lynch says in a soundbite on NY 1. Much of the coverage also includes tape of the previous day's demonstration outside the mayor's residence.
July
July 20, 2004 Photos and text coverage of the Madison Square Garden picketing appear in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday and the New York Sun. "It's time for the mayor to realistically help the heroes of 9/11 by paying us what is fair," the Post quotes Lynch. Lynch appears with the UFA and UFT presidents on NY 1's "Inside City Hall," making the case for a fair contract. Lynch told NY 1 that he would not rule out protesting during next month's GOP convention.
July 19, 2004 The scheduled beginning of picketing today outside Madison Square Garden is reported in the Daily News, Newsday and AM New York. Al O'Leary in the News: "The Republican National Committee is coming to New York to take advantage of the proximity to the 9/11 site and the heroes of 9/11. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to show them how poorly those heroes are being treated." The picketing is covered by every TV and radio news program in the city. Pat Lynch and the other union leaders appear on many early morning TV and radio broadcasts and the 9:30 a.m. press conference is covered by more than a dozen local and national cameras and microphones. "We're out here to get the message out that this Republican mayor is not putting a realistic offer on the table," Lynch says on camera.
July 17, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in advance stories in the Daily News and New York Times about the planned picketing at Madison Square Garden. "We are pleased that the city concedes that the First Amendment applies to city police fire and teachers, too," he told the News, in reaction to the city's caving in to threats of legal action by the PBA after the city sought illegally to restrict the picketing. "The mayor is insulting the very people that the Republicans want to honor during their convention," he told the Times. Lynch is also quoted in the Times and New York Post in articles about the arraignment on assault charges of three Brooklyn North police officers: "What you'll find as we move forward in this case is that these police officers will be vindicated and the facts in the case will be what vindicates them," he told the Times. Al O'Leary is quoted in a Staten Island Advance article about community complaints that cops are spread too thin in the 122 Pct.: "Let's make this clear: This is a citywide problem."
July 16, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the plans to picket Madison Square Garden July 19: "Police officers spend a great deal of time and energy protecting the general public's constitutional rights, and here we find Mayor Bloomberg attempting to conceal the poor treatment of 9/11 heroes from the Republican party." Lynch is also seen and heard on news broadcasts on NY 1 and Channels 2, 4 and 7 in coverage of the arraignments of three Brooklyn North police officers on assault charges. "We believe this is a political indictment by the district attorney during and election year," Lynch told reporters. "These police officers will be vindicated."
July 15, 2004 Newsday reports on the PBA's plans to picket Madison Square Garden July 19, quoting Al O'Leary: "We are taking advantage of a national spotlight in hopes that somebody in the Republican party in Washington will say to the mayor: 'Look, sit down and work out something with these guys before the convention."
July 14, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the police commissioner ordering "hundreds of additional cops to flood the streets" in the wake of last weekend's murder spree: Lynch called the deployment "a clear indication that there are far too few police officers available to cover our patrol needs." NY 1 and NBC-4 air reports of the city's latest contract settlements, quoting Lynch: "This type of agreement would reduce the starting pay for police officers, making the recruitment and retention problems even worse."
July 10, 2004 The statement is quoted in the New York Times, Daily News and Newsday articles about the indictment of three officers. Al O'Leary is quoted in an article in the Staten Island Advance about a group protesting the shortage of cops on the island: "It's not at all uncommon where the 122nd and 123rd Precincts can put out only two cars per shift. It's a real problem."
July 9, 2004 A statement from Pat Lynch is carried by NY 1, during the station's report on the impending assault indictment against three Brooklyn police officers, alleging they beat a cab driver last March: "When the facts of this case are fully known, these three police officers will be fully exonerated. The real outrage should be at the marginal politician (Council Member Charles Barron) who is inflaming this case for his own political benefit at the expense of police officers who risk their lives everyday to make this city safe and livable."
July 8, 2004 PBA spokesman Al O'Leary is quoted in the Daily News, reacting to Mayor Bloomberg's criticism of the PBA's plans to picket Madison Square Garden beginning July 19: "It's not a great picture to have emergency workers and teachers outside, begging for a fair contract. And we recognize that this is an opportunity to share that information with the entire nation."
July 7, 2004 The PBA's plans for a round-the-clock picket line at Madison Square Garden beginning July 19 as preparations begin for the GOP National Convention is reported by the New York Post. "We certainly know many elected officials won't cross picket lines," PBA spokesman Al O'Leary is quoted. "But we'll have our pickets there and ask people to consider what they should do." O'Leary is also quoted in the Daily News report that the robbery suspect that Judge Laura Blackburne helped to escape arrest June 10 was ultimately released without bail for lack of evidence: "It doesn't change anything. Judge Blackburne had no knowledge of guilt or innocence at the time. She was interfering with a legitimate police action." On CBS-2's evening news broadcast, PBA First Vice President John Puglissi is seen and heard in a report by Marcia Kramer on the MSG picketing plans: "That's what we're going to ask them — help us, honor our picket lines, don't cross it, and help us in our fight."
July 5, 2004 Pat Lynch is seen and heard on an NBC-4 news report by Ti-Hua Chang that tells the story of a former Midtown South Task Force police officer who resigned recently to double his pay working for the Nassau County PD. "Look at the Port Authority," Lynch adds in remarks to Chang. "They're patrolling the same streets we are and they're making 20,000 more a year automatically. Why wouldn't you go to the Port Authority police?"
June
June 30, 2004 The Washington Post publishes an ad sponsored by the PBA, the other police unions and the fire unions alerting the nation's capital's inside-the-Beltway politicians and policy-makers to the reasons for our plans to demonstrate outside Madison Square Garden: Aug. 30-Sept. "At the Republican National Convention, New York City's police officers and firefighters would rather be inside supporting our president than outside protesting against a Republican mayor for a living wage," the ad reads in part.
June 25, 2004 The Daily News publishes an advertisement sponsored by the PBA, UFT and UFA urging the mayor to listen to the unions' critical message about the need for fairness at the negotiating table.
June 22, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany an article in The Chief about the department's unsuccessful recruiting effort at out-of-state colleges and military bases. "They are deceiving the candidates that are signing up for this exam," the newspaper quotes Lynch, "not explaining to them that this money will not put food on the table. What they will do is look at that salary based on the cost of living in those other states but as we know in New York City ... the money doesn't stretch that far." Lynch is also quoted in The Chief's article about the state Commission on Judicial Conduct's investigation of Judge Laura Blackburne: "What this judge has done is tarnish the work that all good judges do in the state when they go on the bench unbiased and rule on the facts." In the Queens Chronicle, a report on guilty verdict for man freed by Blackburne.
Jun. 17, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News, New York Post and Newsday in articles about Laura Blackburne and William Hodges, the cop shooter she had released before she instigated the escape of another suspected felon, who was found not guilty of felony assault and criminal mischief in the biting of another police officer and guilty third-degree assault, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment. Lynch told the newspapers: "Had Judge Blackburne not released this dangerous felon onto the streets two years ago, we would have been spared the burden of arresting him for...assaulting a police officer because he would have been in jail."
Jun. 16, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in The Law Journal, in an article about the Blackburne issue: "Mr. Lynch issued a statement saying Justice Blackburne was prejudiced against the law enforcement community and "should not be on any bench." The PBA's "Finest of the Finest" awards ceremonies are covered with text and a photograph in the New York Sun. Lynch is quoted: "What makes these awards special...is that they're being honored by their own. Of all the awards our officers earn for their performance, we value these the most highly because their recipients are selected by other police officers." Later, in the evening, Lynch appears live on NY 1's "Inside City Hall," debating lawyer Ron Kuby about Blackburne's unacceptable behavior. This site may be prejudiced, but even by objective standards, Lynch scored a knockout in the debate.
Jun. 15, 2004 The Blackburne transfer makes all the papers. Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News, the New York Times, the New York Sun. "I believe that she should be removed from the bench completely," he tells the Times. "Many people go to civil court for justice as well as criminal court. What's in question here is her judgement, and if she has a bias against police officers, she'll have that bias regardless of what bench she sits on." Lynch's photo and quotes appear in The Chief's coverage of last Tuesday's labor rally: "Pay us like the professionals you say we are." He is also quoted in The Chief's article on Officer Brian Conroy's indictment: "We believe that the grand jury made a mistake indicting this police officer and are confident that he will be exonerated when all the facts are known."
Jun. 14, 2004 Because of the PBA's pressure tactics, the effort to remove Laura Blackburne from the bench begins to build. Mayor Bloomberg calls her actions an "outrage" in the press. Lynch's remarks from last Tuesday's labor rally — "We are not asking to be rich like you, Mr. Mayor. All we're asking for is to make our lives better for our families" — is quoted in a New York Post editorial critical of the PBA's position. Meanwhile, the state's chief administrative judge announces that Laura Blackburne is being relieved of her criminal court responsibilities and transferred to civil court. Lynch appears on Channel 2 and Channel 4, as the PBA's legal team files a complaint with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct charging Blackburne with judicial misconduct and obstruction of governmental administration. "She obviously has a bias against police officers," Lynch tells Channel 4. "I think she absolutely should be removed from the bench," he tells Channel 2.
Jun. 13, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about a local reverend objecting to the naming of the PAL center in South Jamaica after slain New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne because the officer was white and therefore it "should be named for a slain African-American law enforcement officer." "When Police Officer Byrne gave his life,: Lynch told the News, "he gave it for all of the community regardless of race. He should be remembered for that deed in the same way."
Jun. 12, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post, Newsday, the New York Times and other newspaper, radio and TV coverage of the PBA-DEA-SCOA Blackburne press conference: "She has consistently demonstrated, in an embarrassing way, that the only judgement she has is bad judgement," Lynch told the Post.
Jun. 11, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and Newsday on the Laura Blackburne issue. "She is prejudiced against law enforcement and doesn't deserve a seat on the bench," he told Newsday. Lynch is also quoted in the Staten Island Advance and the New York Sun, defending Police Officer Bryan Conroy. The PBA, joined by the Detectives' Endowment Association and the Supreme Court Officers Association, hold a press conference at PBA headquarters calling for Laura Blackburne's removal from the bench and the filing of criminal charges against her for judicial misconduct and obstruction of governmental administration. The press conference and Lynch's comments are aired on NY 1, Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 and by the news radio stations.
Jun. 10, 2004 Pat Lynch's "We're-not-asking-to-be-rich-like-you-Mr.-Mayor" remarks are quoted prominently in a metro-section-page-one article in the New York Times. The article goes on to say that Lynch's comments and the rally "symbolize what increasingly appears to be the central...impediment to Mr. Bloomberg's reelection bid." Later, the piece refers to Lynch as "the police union official with whom he (Bloomberg) has a deeply frosty relationship." Lynch is quoted in Daily News, New York Post, New York Times and Newsday articles about the Manhattan grand jury's second-degree-manslaughter indictment of P.O. Bryan Conroy in the May 2003 shooting of Ousmane Zongo: "We believe that the grand jury made a mistake in indicting this police officer, and we are confident that he will be exonerated when all of the facts are known." In the evening, Lynch appears on Fox-5, after it becomes known that anti-cop Queens Judge Laura Blackburne helped a drug offender appearing before her to escape arrest by a detective outside her courtroom who wanted him on a robbery charge. "If you're taking the side of a person that's dealing drugs in the street and robbing people of this city, injuring police officers, then you should not be on the bench ñ you must be removed," Lynch told the Fox reporter. On the second-degree manslaughter indictment of Police Officer Bryan Conroy, a statement by Lynch is read on Channels 4 and 9: "We believe the grand jury made a mistake and that this officer will be cleared when all the facts are known."
Jun. 9, 2004 The PBA-UFT-UFA rally, with Pat Lynch featured, is covered by the Daily News on page one, and by the Post, the New York Times, Newsday and The Sun, along with continuing coverage on radio and television. The News calls it the "largest gathering of municipal workers in decades" and quotes Lynch: We are not asking to be rich like you, Mr. Mayor. All we're asking for is to make our lives better for our families." The News continues: "Lynch then recalled the 9/11 credo: 'Never forget!' and added, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry to stand here today to report that they have forgotten.'" The rally was also covered in newspapers all over the country, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Jun. 8, 2004 The PBA-UFT-UFA rally scheduled for City Hall Park this afternoon is reported in the Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, the New York Sun, WABC, WNBC, Fox-5, and The Chief. Pat Lynch, along with UFT president Randi Weingarten and UFA president Steve Cassidy appear live on Fox-5's "Good Day New York," promoting the rally. Lynch is quoted in the News and the Post. The News: "Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said the city is 'asking police officers to give more. And the city doesn't want to pay for it.'" Later in the day, Pat Lynch is seen and heard on several radio and television stations speaking at the rally, which is covered and broadcast by every news radio and television station in New York.
Jun. 2, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in an article in The Chief announcing the PBA-UFT-UFA joint rally scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, June 8: "While we continue to sweat blood for the city, the city continues to disrespect us at the bargaining table."
May
May 27, 2004 Pat Lynch appears with UFT President Randi Weingarten and UFA President Steve Cassidy on NY 1"s "Inside City Hall" to announce June 8 rally for fair wages at City Hall June 8.
May 25, 2004

Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany an article in The Chief about a mediator being named in the PBA's PERB arbitration process: "The city didn't offer a dime's worth of raise that wasn't tied to a quarter's worth of givebacks during the so-called negotiating sessions." New York Times article about an NYPD announcement about further declines in crime refers to the PBA's charge that precinct commanders "'cook the books,' reducing the severity of crimes on paper to avoid recording them among the seven crimes reported to the FBI." In Newsday's account of the issue, PBA spokesman Al O'Leary "said they (the PBA) know of four precincts where officials have or are suspected of 'cooking the books' and added, 'we know it goes well beyond that.'"

May 24, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about cops, firefighters and other ground zero workers suing the city because of serious health problems resulting from their work on "the pile": These cases are "just the beginning."
May 15, 2004 Al O'Leary is quoted in The New York Times article about the impasse in negotiations between the PBA and the city: O'Leary told the Times that the city hasn't "been negotiating in good faith" and that the talks are "at a stalemate."
May 14, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Newsday article about PERB declaring an impasse and appointing a mediator in the contract negotiations between the PBA and the city: "This is the only chance New York City police officers have to win a fair contract. We want a deserve a fair day's pay for a dangerous day's work."
May 4, 2004 Al O'Leary is quoted in a Chief article about the mayor's opposition to the planned demonstration by police and fire unions at this summer's GOP convention: "We understand why a Republican mayor would not want to see police officers and firefighters, the heroes of 9/11, in the national spotlight, delivering a message that a Republican is not taking proper care of them." O'Leary is also quoted in a Newsday article about PBA cards: "This union encourages its members not to write a ticket over a card."
May 2, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about police, fire and teacher's unions rejecting the notion that the tentative DC-37 settlement sets a pattern for those unions: "I'm sure that deal solved the problems for DC-37, but it doesn't come close to solving the problems for we have in the NYPD. We need to start being paid like police professionals across the country because right now we're having severe problems recruiting and retaining police officers."
April
Apr. 29, 2004 Al O'Leary is quoted in a New York Times article about the mayor's opposition to the planned demonstration by police and fire unions at this summer's GOP convention: "We understand why a Republican mayor is not anxious to see the city's emergency workers in the national spotlight of a Republican National convention."
Apr. 27, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes are featured in The Chief's coverage of the tentative DC-37 contract settlement. Calling the terms of the settlement that sacrifice the unborn "counterproductive," Lynch added: "We can't recruit police officers at the salary we offer. We have to increase that to attract them."
Apr. 22, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in The New York Times, Daily News and The Sun, reacting to the tentative contract agreement between the city and DC 37. "I think a lower starting salary is wrong," Lynch told the Times. "It won't serve to solve the problem that the New York City Police Department faces: the city can't hire enough candidates to fill police vacancies. We cannot fill a recruitment class."
Apr. 10, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in the Daily News about a judge's ruling that crack cocaine evidence was inadmissible because it was obtained by a police officer who saw the suspect slip it into his mouth and then ordered him to spit it our. "Police officers' job in fighting drugs is tough enough," Lynch was quoted. "A decision like this certainly doesn't help."
Apr. 8, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in the Daily News about his letter to UFA President Steve Cassidy expressing gratitude for the help firefighters gave to two female cops surrounded by an angry mob at an arrest scene. The Daily News wrote: "Lynch praised the firefighters for their willingness to 'put their lives at risk' to help the cops, adding: 'We stand ready to return the favor.'"
Apr. 1, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Newsday article about an NYPD investigation of the 112 Pct. for allegedly doctoring paperwork to make crime stats appear lower: "This is one more in a list of precincts where this is happening. Now that the story has gone public, more and more of these incidents are being presented to us." NBC-4's "Today in New York" follows the Newsday story with a standup outside the 112 Pct. in which the reporter repeats the PBA's claims.
March
Mar. 24, 2004 Pat Lynch's press conference on the fudging of crime statistics continues to attract coverage. Radio and television stations continue to carry the story, which is also covered in the Times, Post, News, Newsday, and Sun. "We've reached a point where local some NYPD commanders are forced to falsify stats in order to maintain the appearance of a continued reduction in crime," Lynch is quoted in the New York Times. "New York City's police officers have done a remarkable job of returning our streets to safety," he is quoted in the New York Post, "but now, with over 5,000 fewer police officers than we had five years ago, we can no longer hold the line on crime, forcing local commanders to artificially hold down the crime statistics." Lynch also discusses the issue with Brian Lehrer on WNYC-radio. In the evening, Lynch appears with SBA President Ed Mullins on NY 1's "Inside City Hall," to repeat their call for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to order a citywide audit of crime statistics and to develop procedures that will prevent police managers from downgrading or ignoring reported crimes.
Mar. 23, 2004 Pat Lynch is quoted in Newsday, reacting to the newspaper's story, published the day before, that questioned the way crimes were reported in the 50 Pct. under Deputy Inspector Thomas DiRusso. Newsday reports that Lynch "warned Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that officers feared crime statistics...were being downgraded" at the 50. The Daily News also covered the story. Lynch is seen and heard on New York 1 and Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11, calling on Kelly (at a PBA news conference) to order a citywide audit of crime statistics and to develop procedures that will prevent police managers from downgrading or ignoring reported crimes. The news conference is also reported on the city's news radio stations.
Mar. 16, 2004 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a story in The Chief-Leader about the PBA petitioning the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to declare an impasse in its contract negotiations with the city. "They're still below zero," Lynch tells The Chief. "They're looking for productivity when there's never been a more productive police force in the history of the city."
Mar. 10, 2004 Pat Lynch appears on UPN-9 News, commenting on a web site that carries names and home addresses of New York City police officers, including undercovers: "This threatens each and every police officer that goes out on patrol each and every day and it threatens our families as well."
Mar. 8, 2004 Pat Lynch appears on the Regional News Network, urging passage of a bill that would allow police officers to run for election to local unpaid positions as a way of giving back to their communities.
Mar. 3, 2004 Pat Lynch and his family are featured in a photo spread in the Irish Echo covering his being named the NYPD Emerald Society's Irishman of the Year.
February

Feb. 22, 2004

Pat Lynch and Mubarak Abdul-Jabbar appear on Kiss-FM"s "Open Line" to defend Officer Richard Neri's exoneration.

Feb. 18, 2004

All the daily newspapers quote either Pat Lynch or PBA lawyer Stu London in reaction to the no-true-bill in the Stansbury case. (See statement below.)

Feb. 17, 2004

Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany the Chief's coverage of the PBA call for Commissioner Kelly's resignation. "PBA President Patrick J. Lynch told reporters...that Mr. Kelly's statement (calling the Stansbury shooting 'unjustified') sent a message that 'when all goes wrong and there's a tragedy, you will not have the backing of the police commissioner of the NYPD.'" The Brooklyn grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Richard Neri in the shooting of Timothy Stansbury is covered by every local TV and radio station in New York City. Videotape of Lynch at the delegates meeting where the no-confidence vote against Kelly was taken is shown on many of these stations and statements by either Lynch or Stu London are carried on all of them as well as on WCBS news radio: The statement: "There are no winners in this case. This was a tragedy from the start, involving a loss of life that a family must live with for the rest of their lives and that this police officer must deal with as well. We are appreciative that that the members of this grand jury were able to look at the facts, review them impartially and had the courage to make their decision. I'm sure it was a difficult one."

Feb. 12, 2004

Editorials in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News and Amsterdam News criticize Pat Lynch for the PBA's no-confidence vote in Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the police union leader's call for Kelly's resignation for his rush to judgement in the Stansbury case. In reporting the decision to deny Herman Bell's parole application, several newspapers credit the PBA with collecting thousands of signatures opposing Bell's release. "We're relieved for the families of the murdered police officers, and we're grateful to the tens of thousands of the people of the city who rose to the occasion to oppose the parole," Lynch told the Daily News.

Feb. 11, 2004

Pat Lynch is heard live on WOR radio, repeating his call for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's resignation. The story is also covered in the New York Sun, Daily News, New York Post, Newsday and the New York Times, which call Lynch "outspoken in his criticism of Mr. Kelly's actions." The Times quotes Lynch: "Commissioner Kelly gave a message to the 23,000 New York City police officers that said basically this: Take all the risks of doing your job, go up on all those roofs, patrol all those subway platforms, walk the streets day and night, take the risks to your family, but then when the worst happens, when there's a tragedy, that you will not have the backing of the New York police commissioner."

Feb. 10, 2004

Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief, in a story about the $1 million judgement Det. David Gonzalez won against William Hodges: "This thug shot and tried to kill a police officer and the courts let him out on a technicality. The PBA will use every legal means at our disposal to make him pay for the damage he's done." Another article in The Chief credits the PBA with being the first union to terminate its contract and file suit against National Prescription Administrators (NPA), claiming it has overcharged for prescription drugs. Lynch's press conference at which he announces a membership vote of no-confidence in Police Commissioner Kelly and calls for Kelly's resignation because of his rush to judgement in calling the Terence Stansbury shooting unjustified and other issues. The conference is covered by NY 1 and Channels 2, 4, 5, 7 (live), 9 and 11 and by the Regional News Network (RNN) and WCBS and WINS news radio stations.

Feb. 8, 2004

The Daily News interviews more cops from the 24th Precinct.

Feb. 6, 2004

The Daily News reports that the PBA has served a $1 million judgement on William Hodges, shooter of Police Officer (now Detective) David Gonzalez.

Feb. 5, 2004

Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about today's scheduled arraignment of William Hodges, the man who shot Officer David Gonzalez, for assaulting another police officer: "If this thug Hodges was in jail, as he clearly should be, he wouldn't have had the chance to assault another cop." Pat Lynch is seen and heard on NY 1 and Channel 5, making comments at the funeral of Sgt. Keith Ferguson, who died of a heart attack Feb. 7 while chasing an offender. Lynch is interviewed on Channel 4, alerting the public that the PBA does no telephone fund-raising and that they should not contribute to anyone claiming to be from the PBA and soliciting donations by phone.

Feb. 4, 2004

Pat Lynch is quoted in a Newsday story about Herman Bell's parole hearing: "He is a cold- blooded murderer, not a victim of his ideals." Al O'Leary is quoted in the Daily News article: "As far as the PBA is concerned, Bell 'can continue doing wonderful things — in prison, until he dies.'" Bill Farrell's Civil Service column in the Daily News reports that Pat Lynch will be honored as the Irishman of the Year at the NYPD Emerald Society dinner-dance later this month.

Feb. 3, 2004

Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a story in The Chief about the PBA President charging that Police Commissioner Kelly's rush to judgement in the Stansbury case has tainted the grand jury and departmental investigations. Al O'Leary is also quoted in the piece: "Pat Lynch and the membership are furious over the premature conclusion announced by the Police Commissioner. Mr. Lynch believes it has tainted the investigation. PBA attorneys are considering taking action so that the Police Commissioner is not the final arbiter of the case." Lynch's position is also discussed in The Chief's editorial, which says Lynch believes the Commissioner "had prejudged the case and wasn't backing the officers he commands. In essence, they (the PBA) are accusing Mr. Kelly of hanging Police Officer Richard Neri out to dry to head off any racial unrest..." The Chief also runs an item reporting that Lynch will be honored Feb. 27 as the NYPD Emerald Society's man of the year. PBA attorney Greg Longworth is quoted in a Daily News story about William Hodges, the man released on a technicality after shooting Officer David Gonzalez, being arrested for assaulting another police officer: "If you shoot a New York City police officer, there will be far-reaching ramifications," Longworth told the News. "Hodges is clearly a menace." NY 1 and Channel 2 cover press conference concerning the parole hearing for Herman Bell. In its report, NY 1 quotes the PBA saying "Bell should stay behind bars because he is a cold-blooded killer." Channel 2 quotes a Lynch statement: "Most of the families of deceased police officers are united in the belief that there should be no parole for cop killers. New York State has to send a message, if you kill a police officer, you don't get an early out."

Feb. 2, 2004

The New York Post runs an editorial about today's deadline for petitions opposing parole for Herman Bell, killer of Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. The editorial credits the PBA with collecting more than 6,000 signatures.

January

Jan. 31, 2004

The Daily News publishes an op-ed page column by Pat Lynch explaining why Police Commissioner Kelly's rush to judgement in the Stansbury case was wrong. Excerpts: "His [Kelly's] premature statement only hours into the investigation effectively tainted it and caused the public discourse to change from determining what occurred on the rooftop to demanding prison for the officer...The extraordinary work police officers do earns us the benefit of the doubt and the presumption of professionalism. We deserve, at minimum, the same due process granted to every American. In this case, that right has been compromised." Al O'Leary is quoted in Newsday, responding to a report that Lynch met with Kelly last Wednesday: "Lynch is concerned that the Commissioner's premature conclusion could impact on the investigation and make his characterization of the shooting a self-fulfilling prophecy. This prompted Lynch to ask for a meeting with Kelly so that he could air his concerns."

Jan. 30, 2004

Pat Lynch's criticism of Kelly as "absolutely wrong" for calling the Stansbury shooting "unjustified" before all the facts are in is discussed in Len Levitt's One Police Plaza column in Newsday.

Jan. 29, 2004

Pat Lynch is mentioned in Steve Dunleavy's column in the New York Post about the Stansbury case Dunleavy writes: "He (Police Officer Richard Neri) is balancing against the way Commissioner [Ray] Kelly came out saying the shooting was unjustified. But he is optimistic, since PBA President Pat Lynch came to his support, that he will get a full and fair opportunity to tell his side of the story." Lynch is mentioned in a New York Post story on the "ticket blitz." (See also May 2003 stories on ticket blitz .)

Jan. 28, 2004

Pat Lynch's visit to DA Hynes is covered in the Daily News, New York Post, Newsday and The Sun. "This was definitely a rush to judgement on the commissioner's part," he told The Sun. "You cannot have been able to come up with a conclusion without interviewing every witness involved. We were all taken aback that so shortly after this incident the police commissioner would come out and say there was no justification." Lynch is quoted in the New York Times, in a story about how the city issued more summonses during the last fiscal year: "It's a clear demonstration that a quota system exists and unfortunately it takes discretion away from the police officers and forces the public to pay the price." Lynch is interviewed on Channel 2 about the "ticket blitz" issue. Lynch is on Bob Grant's radio call-in program on WOR-AM, criticizing the police commissioner for his rush to judgement in the Stansbury case.

Jan. 27, 2004

Pat Lynch is quoted in Newsday on the Stansbury shooting and Police Commissioner Kelly's "rush to judgement" by calling the incident "apparently unjustified." "He's not standing behind the police officers and that's how the membership feels," Lynch said. "Our concern here is how can the police commissioner come out with a determination that there's no justification before all the facts are in, before the police officer who is involved in the shooting had the opportunity to speak to the district attorney's office. How can you then make a determination that it's not justified before all those facts are in? It's unheard of to so quickly make that determination." An editorial in The Sun says Lynch "lost little time in condemning Commissioner Kelly for allegedly making a rush to judgement." Lynch's visit to Brooklyn DA Hynes' office is covered on NY1 and Channels 2, 4 and 7 and on WINS and WCBS news radio.

Jan. 26, 2004

Pat Lynch appears on NY 1's "Inside City Hall," criticizing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for rushing to judgement in the rooftop shooting of Timothy Stansbury, Jr. Earlier in the day, he is heard on WCBS and WINS news radio on the incident. He is quoted in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News and Newsday. . Lynch's statement is quoted in full in most of this coverage: "It is absolutely wrong for Commissioner Kelly to have jumped to conclusions when he knows that the police officer involved has not had an opportunity to speak with the district attorney's office. This investigation should be allowed to move forward without being tainted by politics or comments by Police Commissioner Kelly or others." Lynch was also interviewed on Channels 2, 4, 5, 7 and 11. Reacting to Police Commissioner calling the shooting "apparently unjustifiable," Lynch told Channel 2: "How can you come up with that conclusion without having all the pieces to the puzzle, without taking all the facts, interviewing all the witnesses and putting the time-line together?"

Jan. 23, 2004

Pat Lynch is seen and heard on Channel 2 and Fox-5 opposing parole for the Jose Curet, the killer of Police Officer George Werdann of the 47 Pct. in February 1982: "This is a cold-blooded killer that laid in ambush to kill this police officer. He should not and must not ever see the light of day." Pat Lynch also speaks against a rush to judgment on the rooftop shooting on UPN-9.

Jan. 11, 2004

Pat Lynch is a guest on Steve Malzberg's Sunday morning talk show. He discusses the need to deny Herman Bell's and Anthony Bottoms's parole requests and the PBA's Times Square billboard urging raises for New York City police officers. Al O'Leary is quoted in a New York Post story about a history of illnesses at the 24 Pct.: "Our delegates have discussed some medical problems with a number of officers in that precinct, offered to file grievances, recommended the possibility of legal action in the future, and none of the officers were interested in pursuing it."

Jan. 10, 2004

Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News story about the reaction to Mayor Bloomberg's decision to give homeowners a $400 tax rebate. "The mayor is fond of saying that he wishes he could pay New York City police officers more. Now that the economy is turning around, evidenced by a well-deserved real estate rebate, we'll see if he is sincere." The PBA rally opposing the parole of Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom is covered in Newsday. Diane Piagentini is quoted.

Jan. 9, 2004

Pat Lynch and line-of-duty widow Diane Piagentini are seen and heard on NY1, Fox-5, Channel 2 and Channel 7 and heard on WINS at the PBA-sponsored rally opposing the parole of Patrolmen Joseph Piagentini's and Waverly Jones' killers, Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom. Lynch's photo with Diane Piagentini runs on the Associated Press wire.

Jan. 7, 2004

Pat Lynch's photo and appears in a Newsday article about the rally against the parole of the killers of Officers Piagentini and Jones. The story is also covered by the Daily News, New York Post, NY1 and New York Sun. "New York City police officers have not forgotten," Lynch told the Daily News. Reacting to statements by City Council Member Charles Barron calling the killers "political prisoners," Lynch told the Sun: "There are some politicians in this city that say these murders were a political statement. Murder is murder."

Jan. 6, 2004

Photos of Pat Lynch and members of the PBA's Executive Board in front of the PBA's Times Square billboard — plus quotes from Pat Lynch — appear in the New York Times, the Daily News, Newsday and the Staten Island Advance, and quotes from Lynch also appear in the New York Post. "We want the public to know that the reason they are living in safety is because of New York City police officers," Lynch tells the Times, "and we think they'd be surprised to know that we're not being paid as police professionals are in other communities." Al O'Leary is quoted in the Daily News and the Staten Island Advance, in articles about the PBA's opposition to parole for the two former Black Liberation Army convicted of killing New York City police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in 1971: "These two cop killers have been called political prisoners, which is just patently absurd." Pat Lynch and police widow Diane Piagentini are seen and heard on Channels Two, Four, Five, Seven and Nine at a rally opposing the paroles. They are also heard on WINS and WCBS news radio.

Jan. 5, 2004

Pat Lynch and the PBA's giant Times Square billboard are seen in a 3-minute package on NY1, in which Lynch gets to argue for higher pay for New York City police officers. Ordinary New Yorkers and tourists are also seen and heard supporting the idea of paying New York City cops what they deserve. Channels 5 and 9 also air footage of the billboard, the zipper below it reading "NYC cops deserve better pay," and soundbites from Lynch. Lynch also is heard discussing the issue on WINS news radio.

Jan. 3, 2004

Al O'Leary is interviewed on the WINS news radio coverage of the Mary Jo White story.

Jan. 2, 2004

Al O'Leary is quoted in a Daily News story about the PBA hiring former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White to defend the union in a lawsuit brought in connection with former police officer Joseph Gray. "We have an obligation to provide the police officer's union with the best possible representation available, and in this particular lawsuit Mary Jo White knows the terrain better than anybody."

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