PBA in the News
Archive 2005

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December

Dec. 21 Pat Lynch is singled out in a Daily News article about union support for the transit strike: "Lynch even walked a picket line in Flushing, Queens, with his father, Robert Lynch, who drove a train 30 years and struck in 1980."
Dec. 20 Pat Lynch's photo makes page one of The Chief, where his call for the death penalty for cop killers is headlined: "We must fix the laws," he tells the civil service weekly, "so that every cop killer on the street must know that if you think of taking the live of a police officer...you are giving up your life." Lynch's support for Roger Toussaint and the Transport Workers Union is mentioned in The Chief's editorial.
Dec. 16 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany an article in the Daily News about the impending Transit strike: "The one thing that's concerning us very much is the lack of movement on the side of the MTA to come to the table with a realistic offer...What's also troubling is the constant talk of trying to criminalize the effort for workers in this city to try to get to a contract that can put food on their table." Lynch is also quoted in the Daily News article on the plea of Daniel Enchautegui's parents for action in Albany.
Dec. 15 Video coverage of arraignment of P.O. Enchautegui's killers at Jacobi Medical Center on CBS, Fox-5, NBC, and New York 1.
Dec. 14 Video stories cover police from near and far honoring P.O. Daniel Enchautegui at his funeral on ABC, CBS, Fox-5, NBC, NY1, UPN9, and WB11. Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany stories in the New York Post about a letter the PBA President wrote to the newspaper supporting their editorial campaign for stiffer gun penalty laws: "You have highlighted a problem that resulted in the untimely and unnecessary deaths of two fine police officers, Dillon Stewart and Daniel Enchautegui," the letter said in part. He is also quoted in the Post's editorial on the subject. Lynch is also quoted in the Daily News' and Newsday's articles about Stewart's accused killer's arraignment: "Two in two weeks ­ it is disgraceful." Lynch is also quoted in Lisa Colangelo's Civil Service column in the Daily News, in an item about Pct. Delegate PBBX John Wohlberg's retirement: "His love for the job and his deep concern for his fellow officers kept him on the job all these years. He's the senior PBA delegate and we'll really miss seeing his gray hair at the monthly meetings."
Dec. 13 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News, in an article about the newspaper's campaign to stiffen penalties for violent crimes against on-duty police officers, and in The Chief's coverage of the funeral for Officer Dillon Stewart. "These recent shootings and killings should be a catalyst for all the politics to be put aside and for them (state legislators) to sit in one room and at one table and move on passing these pieces of legislation," Lynch tells the News. Videos: News coverage of the indictment of Allan Cameron accused of killing PO Dillon Stewart and the wake for PO Daniel Enchautegui: WCBS, WNBC, Fox-5, UPN9. New York 1 on the indictment and the wake.
Dec. 11 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about the PBA's Widows' and Children's holiday party being held on the same day that another police officer, Daniel Enchautegui, was shot and killed in the line of duty: "PBA President Pat Lynch recalled Enchautegui's grief-stricken father telling him at the hospital: 'He loved me too much,'" the Post reported. "'No one understands that better than the people in this room,' Lynch said."
Dec. 10 Videos: News coverage of the heroic action and tragic death of PO Daniel Enchautegui: WCBS, WNBC, Fox-5, UPN9, and WB11
Dec. 7 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times article about Officer Dillon Stewart's funeral: Lynch "told Officer Stewart's family during the funeral that he was a hero for 'the way that he lived,' as well as how he died," the Times reported. "Mr. Lynch also offered them words of comfort. "'Yes, the good Lord goes before you,' he said. 'And we're right behind you.'"
Dec. 6 Video of 20,000 police officers honoring fallen comrade at funeral on WABC, WCBS, WNBC, Fox-5, New York 1, UPN9, and WB11. Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times article about Officer Dillon Stewart's wake: "Time and time again we lose police officers through gun violence on the streets. The time has come for us to stop carrying our brothers and sisters into these churches."
Dec. 5 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Sun, and mentioned in Newsday, in articles about his appearance with Sen. Charles Schumer at a press conference advocating reform of the gun-trafficking laws in the wake of Officer Dillon Stewart's killing. Lynch appears in the photo that accompanies the Daily News article. "We must give law enforcement across this country the ability to speak with each other and get the information on the crime that was committed and the gun that was used to do it," he was quoted in The Sun.
Dec. 4 Video showing Lynch joining Senator Schumer in calling for tougher gun laws: WABC, Fox-5, New York 1, UPN9, WB11
Dec. 2 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and Newsday, in articles about the indictment of Police Officer Dillon Stewart's accused killer: "Lynch called (Allan) Cameron a 'cold-blooded killer,'" the News reported. "and once again urged state lawmakers to restore the death penalty. 'This is a coward, and we shouldn't be listening to a coward.'"
Dec. 1 Video of Lynch at indictment of the murderer of PO Dillon Stewart: WABC, WCBS, Fox-5, WNBC, New York 1, UPN9, WB11


November

Nov. 29 At courtroom where suspect is charged with the murder of Police Officer Dillon Stewart, Lynch calls for death penalty: videos from WCBS, WNBC, WABC, Fox-5, UPN9, WB11 and New York 1.
Nov. 28 Pat Lynch reacts to the murder of Police Officer Dillon Stewart in videos from WABC and WCBS
Nov. 23 More coverage on Pat Lynch's praise for Laura Blackburne decision in Times, Post, News, Newsday and The Chief. Stock Exchange honors Lynch with ringing of closing bell (CNN and CNBC.) See also other news photos.
Nov. 22 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany an article in The Chief about the PBA's endorsement of Eliot Spitzer for governor: "We want to put someone in the statehouse that understands us, respects us, and will work with us." The Commission on Judicial Conduct-- reacting to a complaint from the PBA -- recommends the dismissal of Judge Laura Blackburne. Pat Lynch praises the decision at a news conference following the decision, and is covered on ABC, CBS, UPN9, and New York 1,
Nov. 16 Channel 7 reports the PBA endorsement of Eliot Spitzer for Governor.
Nov. 15 Lynch's photo and quotes appear in an article in The Chief about U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner urging the Senate to pass legislation making it illegal to post personal information about police officers on Web sites: "This is not just something we talk about may happen. We cannot ask New York City police officers to put themselves between the miscreants that try to tear down our society and the good citizens of this city, and not give them the mechanisms to protect themselves."
Nov. 8 Pat Lynch's photo and "thinly veiled attempt to hold unhappy police officers hostage" quote appear in The Chief, in an article about the rookie-pay provision in the UFA's news contract. He is also quoted in The New York Sun.
Nov. 2 Lisa Colangelo's Civil Service column in the Daily News repeats Pat Lynch's quote about the UFA's new contract provision forcing cops who roll over to the FDNY to start at rookie pay being "a thinly veiled attempt to hold unhappy police officers hostage."


October

Oct. 30 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about a provision in the United Firefighters Assn. contract settlement that forces veteran cops who switch to the FDNY to start at rookie pay: "Lowering the starting salary for cops who roll over to the FDNY is a thinly veiled attempt to hold unhappy police officers hostage."
Oct. 23 The Daily News quotes Pat Lynch in an article about the attempt by drug kingpin John McCaskell, implicated in the 1988 assassination of Police Officer Edward Byrne, to seek early release from his 25-years-to-life prison term under the state's newly relaxed Rockefeller drug laws: "But Patrick Lynch...said that McCaskell should have been charged as an accomplice in Byrne's killing," the Daily News reports. "If you speak of killing a police officer, if you hid the gun, if you helped those who pulled the trigger, you should be charged with the murder. He should not be allowed leniency."
Oct. 22 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, Newsday and the Staten Island Advance on the Conroy conviction: "As police officers, we face danger and uncertainty every time we go to work to protect this city. This verdict holds a police officer criminally responsible for protecting himself, and that has to make cops wonder if it's worth the risk. These tragic circumstances caused the death of an innocent man, and that is deeply regrettable. But it would be a far greater tragedy to allow this city to return to a crime-ridden state because police officers don't trust the city to give them the benefit of a doubt when something goes wrong."
Oct. 21 Lynch calls Conroy conviction "wrong" on WCBS and WABC videos as well as on 1010 WINS, UPN9 and New York 1.
Oct. 19 Pat Lynch's quotes appear in a New York Times article about the producitivity concessions contained in the recent union contract settlements. Commenting on the lower starting salaries for Police Academy recruits, Lynch is quoted: "He's (the mayor's) creating problems for tomorrow by paying a substandard salary in the beginning for police officers. A lot of people aren't going to want to come to the job at that rate...The city's bargaining approach was unfair. Their negotiating style is they put draconian steps on the table that no one can touch."
Oct. 18 Pat Lynch's photo appears in The Chief, in an article comparing recent city union contract settlements with the DC-37 pattern.
Oct. 4 Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief, in an article about the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg's reelection by the Lieutenants Benevolent Assn. Asked what the PBA intends to do about endorsements in this year's mayoral election, Lynch said: "We are having our political action committee meetings. We are going to discuss all aspects with the committee and then we will come to a conclusion."


September

Sep. 27 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and the Chief-Leader in articles about the recent 39.3 percent reduction in applicants for the Police Academy and its connection to the drastically slashed starting salary. His photo accompanies the Chief story. "People are willing to sacrifice at the start of their careers if they see a payoff," he told the News. "Right now they don't." He told the Chief: "I think it's another signal of the huge recruitment and retention problem that the city has been hiding behind for a long time. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. We have to fix the foundation of the problem before we can keep building." The Chief also publishes a letter by Lynch contradicting an article in the newspaper's last issue that suggested the PBA "was willing to sell out the unborn" in the PERB arbitration. "After the neutral arbitrator had unequivocally decided to reduce the salary and benefits of new hires, the PBA sought to limit the impact of the arbitrator's decision on new hires," Lynch wrote. The New York Post also quotes Lynch in an editorial about growing opposition to the International Freedom Center at Ground Zero: "Last week, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association said it, too, was "deeply disturbed" by the IFC vision. "We believe that the nearly 3,000 people who perished during the worst single attack this nation has ever seen deserve the respect and honor of a memorial that will never denigrate America," wrote PBA President Pay Lynch.
Sep. 25 In a New York Post article on Hillary Clinton's oppostion to the International Freedom Center at Ground Zero, Pat Lynch says "It's not a political issue — it's an issue of right and wrong. In our view, the IFC simply doesn't belong at Ground Zero, and we appreciate Sen. Clinton's support."
Sep. 24 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News story about the new violent police video game: "The cop who worked on this video should look in the mirror. He made it harder for everyone working the job."
Sep. 23 The New York Times reports the PBA's opposition to the International Freedom Center. Pat Lynch speaks to Channels 5, 9 and 11 about desensitizing our children to violence in news stories about a new, violent police video game.
Sep. 22 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany a New York Post article about growing opposition to the proposed International Freedom Center at Ground Zero: "The World Trade Center is not a place for domestic or international politics," Lynch is quoted from a letter he wrote to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. "It is not a place for inappropriate art or entertainment and programming that trivializes or ignores the history of the site." Lynch told The Post: "We have active and retired members who participated in the largest rescue in this nation's history, and they want that site respected for what it is." The Post's editorial page praises the PBA's position. On WNBC (video) Pat Lynch argues that Ground Zero is no place for the International Freedom Center
Sep. 21 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in Lisa Colangelo's Daily News Civil Service column, in the lead item about possible union endorsements in the mayoral election: "The PBA's political action committee is discussing an endorsement...but no decision has been made yet."


August

Aug. 29 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Poughkeepsie Journal in a story about the PBA civil suit attempting to recover for the widow of John Scarangella the $15,000 awarded his killer in a judgment he obtained against the state Dept. of Correction: "The cold-blooded murder of a police officer deprives a family of a husband, father and frequently the family¹s primary breadwinner. Seeking financial restitution from cop killers is morally just and legally appropriate. The New York City Patrolmen¹s Benevolent Association will seek legal judgments from cop killers whenever possible to offer financial relief to the families of murdered police officers."
Aug. 16 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in The Chief-Leader about Governor Pataki¹s veto of the cancer bill: "The city drastically overestimated the cost of the program."
Aug. 11 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about the problems with cutting NYPD recruits starting salary to only $25,100: "They asked for it, they got it and now they have to deal with it."
Aug. 10 Pat Lynch¹s photo accompanies an item in Lisa Colangelo¹s Civil Service column in the Daily News giving the dates when PBA members should expect to see their raises and retroactive payments.
Aug. 7 John Puglissi is quoted in a Daily News article about a PBA civil suit attempting to recover for the widow of John Scarangella the $15,000 awarded his killer in a judgment he obtained against the state Dept. of Correction: ³We are doing everything in our power to see that this worthless cop-killer gets punished to the maximum extent possible.²
Aug. 4 Officer James McNaughton killed in Iraq: Newsday, Daily News, New York Times, New York Sun, New York Post, New York 1, WABC , WNBC, WCBS


July

Jul. 25 Pat Lynch is featured (with photo) in the Profiles in Labor series by Lisa Colangelo of the Daily News under the headline, "PBA prez fights for reform, respect."
Jul. 13 Daily News: Kelly now raps lower start cop pay. At the NYPD graduation, Pat Lynch warns that low salary will worsen the recruiting and retention problem on NY1 and UPN 9 News.
Jul. 12 Pat Lynch interviewed on NBC (video) regarding the recruiting crisis and deployment of trainees.
Jul. 5 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes accompany the Chief-Leader's extensive coverage of the PERB contract award.
Jul. 3 Pat Lynch appears on CBS's "Sunday Edition with Marcia Kramer" to discuss the PERB award and its impact (video).


June

Jun. 29 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, the Staten Island Advance, the New York Sun and other newspapers, commenting on the PBA¹s PERB arbitration contract award: "While this 10.25 percent award raise over two years significantly exceeds the pattern that the mayor wanted us to accept, it¹s only a step in the right direction for us to complete our goal of being the best paid police department in the country." The Times continued: "Mr. Lynch criticized the lower starting pay for rookies, saying it would aggravate the city¹s trouble in recruiting officers." The story was also covered on radio and TV: WINS (story), New York 1 (story and video), WCBS (story and video), WNBC (story and video), WABC (story and video), Fox-5 (video), WB-11 (video). Pat Lynch appears on NY1's "The Road To City Hall" with Dominick Carter to discuss the PERB award and its impact. Ch. 4 interviews the PERB chairman regarding his award (video).
June 28 PBA General Counsel Michael Murray is quoted in an article in the Chief-Leader about the state's highest court agreeing to hear the case in the PBA¹s legal attempt to preserve the 48-hour rule: "We always believed we had strong arguments. We think this is ultimately the court we need to be in front of to prevail."
Jun. 23 The New York Times runs the PBA¹s full-page ad urging salary increases for New York City police officers.
Jun. 20 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post in a story about three sergeants testifying to the fact of NYPD ticket quotas at a PBA grievance hearing: "The evidence presented under oath in this arbitration proves once again what police officers have long lived with: There are established quotas, and if you don¹t meet them, you will be punished." Lynch is also quoted in a Daily News article about the violent video game whose goal is to kill police: "It¹s outrageous that a company like this would try to desensitize our children." The game is likely to produce "cowards that will hide behind a gun," he added. Lynch appears on WCBS-TV¹s 11 p.m. newscast, commenting on the PBA¹s newspaper ad campaign urging that police officers be paid fairly. Pat Lynch talks on WCBS, Fox-5, and UPN9 about the trouble caused by illegal summons and arrest quotas in the 75 Pct.
Jun. 19 On Fox-5 and WB11, Pat Lynch joins Senator Chuck Schumer in voicing opposition to a violent video game where the goal is to kill police.
Jun. 16 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about Gov. Pataki¹s signing of a bill to increase pension payments to city employees who worked at Ground Zero: "The measure shows that we will never forget the heroes of 9/11." The story was also covered in the Daily News.
Jun. 15 Pat Lynch is the featured guest on NY 1¹s Road to City Hall, (video) discussing the lack of a contract and the impending PERB settlement. He described the city¹s performance in the negotiations as "disgraceful. The city never once sat down at the bargaining table and bargained realistically with the New York City PBA...We¹re one of the lowest-paid police departments in the country." Lynch pointed out that at the start of the PERB process New York City police officers were ranked 145th in salary out of the 200 big-city departments and now have slipped even further to 153rd. "That¹s an embarrassment for the largest and the best police department in the world."
Jun. 14 Pat Lynch¹s photo and quotes appear in an article in Newsday and his quotes in a story in the New York Post about the lack of police staffing around a Long Island City subway station where a woman was recently raped: "This dramatizes exactly what can happen when you allow the staffing levels to become so dangerously low."
Jun. 13 On New York 1 (video), Pat Lynch joins Assemblywoman Nolan and TWU VP Ed Watt in calling for increased staffing at scene of subway rape.
Jun. 11 The News and Post cover the quick action of the PBA concerning the removal of a trustee accused of impropriety. Lynch said. "Let this serve as a message that any breach of our membership's trust will result in swift and sure action."
Jun. 8 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News Civil Service column item about more than 360 New York City police officers joining the FDNY: "It's about salary. New York City police officers arent¹t getting paid like professional police officers." The item also mentions the PBA newspaper ad campaign, and Lynch is quoted: "We want to remind the public that New York City police officers are still without a contract. Also news stories cover Officer Patrick Caprice's release from hospital: WCBS, WNBC, Fox-5, New York 1, UPN9, and WB11.
Jun. 7 The first in a three-newspaper run of an PBA full-page ad appears in the Chief-Leader: "THE TIME HAS COME TO PAY NYC POLICE OFFICERS FAIRLY. IF NOT NOW, WHEN?" the ad says in part. The ad compares the generous contract recently awarded the state troopers with the unsatisfactory deals New York City police officers have been stuck with in the past and are being offered now.
Jun. 6 The PBA's "TIME HAS COME" advertisement appears in the Daily News.
Jun. 3

The PBA's "TIME HAS COME" advertisement appears in the New York Post.

Jun. 2

Pat Lynch is seen and heard on New York 1, commenting on the PBA¹s latest newspaper ad campaign: "What we're asking is to be paid like other police professionals. Right here in the city of New York, Port Authority police officers who are patrolling the same streets and the same facilities that we do are being paid $20,000 more to start than a NYC police officer."


May

May 31 Pat Lynch¹s photo and quotes accompany a column in the Chief-Leader analyzing the state trooper¹s 12.5 % raise: "This certainly puts us on the road to getting paid like police force professionals, and it also recognizes the value of a safe environment."
May 27 Pat Lynch is seen and heard on News-4 New York¹s Ralph Penza¹s report on Charles Barron¹s Joanne Chesimard resolution: "Joanne Chesimard, a cold-blooded killer...should serve her time for murdering a New Jersey state trooper...She was a coward then. She ran from her responsibilities. And she¹s a coward now."
May 26 The New York Sun quotes Pat Lynch proposed City Council resolution to grant Joanne Chesimard amnesty: "It¹s beyond outrageous that a sitting City Council person should stand on the steps of City Hall and say that a cold-blooded murderer,somebody who tried to take down our government and killed a New Jersey state trooper...should be allowed to walk our streets safely."
May 25 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News story about Councilman Charles Barron's plan to introduce a City Council resolution urging clemency for fugitive cop-killer Joanne Chesimard: "This is outrageous even by Coucilman Barron's standards. Joanne Chesimard is a cold-blooded killer who viciously took the life of a state trooper."
May 19 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in the New York Sun about the wait for the PERB panel's decision: "Every year at budget time they start saying there is a huge deficit and that the city is broke. They always plead poverty. This year they have a balanced budget and a surplus. The reason they have that surplus is because people feel safe in the city of New York because the foot soldiers in the war on crime and terrorism ñ the police officers ñ make them feel safe."
May 16 Pat Lynch marks National Police Week by appearing on WWRL radio with Steve Malzberg, discussing the PERB arbitration and other matters affecting New York City police officers. "Throughout this process..." Lynch tells the radio audience, "the city never once sat down and tried to work with the PBA to come up with a contract that would work for the people of the city and would work for our members as well."
May 7 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times story about union reaction to the mayor's announcement of a $3.3-billion surplus: "The surplus shows that there's not an inability to pay. There's an unwillingness to pay."


April

Apr. 30 A Newsday story described how the fire union took its public stand against using PILOTS (payments in lieu of taxes) for the West Side Stadium just two days after the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association took a similar position. PBA President Patrick Lynch said it was now clear that the city's prior statements were "not entirely true and that PILOTs....will be diverted to this pet construction project."
Apr. 25 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about cop-killer Bruce Lorick being denied parole: "New York State must continue to send the message, as it did in the case of Bruce Lorick, that if you kill a police officer, you should never expect to walk the streets a free person again."
Apr. 15 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article citing a letter he co-signed with UFA President Steve Cassidy to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, "urging them not to vote on the (proposed Jets) stadium before the Olympic vote. 'It does not appear to us that there should be a rush to commit to construct a stadium,' they wrote."
Apr. 13 Pat Lynch is quoted in Lisa Colangelo's Civil Service column in the Daily News in an item about PBA's delegate vote to approve a dues increase: "The PBA delegate body voted today for a strong PBA for the future. They had the courage to do what's right and what's necessary."
Apr. 6 April 6 Pat Lynch is quoted in Lisa Colangelo's Civil Service column in the Daily News in an item about PBA plans to ask the delegate body to approve a dues increase: "We need to raise dues so that we have the resources to continue fighting for pay, benefits and civil rights for New York City police officers."
Apr. 5 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in the Chief-Leader about a City Council hearing on first-responder access to the subway system and the Transit Authority's plans to eliminate many manned token booths: "Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch attended the hearing and came out strongly against over-dependence on automation to the detriment of public safety," the Chief-Leader wrote. "Removing the extra set of 'eyes and ears' when police numbers were already down only made it harder during emergencies, he warned."

Apr. 1

Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in an article in the Chief-Leader about the PBA proposal to increase its membership dues.


March

Mar. 21

Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in Newsday about the shrinking police force: "It has become tougher being a New York City police officer during the Bloomberg administration because of the dangerous downsizing of the NYPD and the failure to recognize the need to pay police a competitive salary." Pat Lynch's photo — along with that of PBA Treasurer Joe Alejandro, City-wide Trustee Brian Mooney — appears in the Irish Echo's photo coverage of the NYPD Emerald Society's 52nd annual dinner-dance.

Mar. 18 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News story about the parole application by Bruce Lorick, who murdered Transit Police Officer Joseph Keegan in 1980: "Absent the death penalty, life imprisonment is a fitting sentence. Lorick should never be granted parole." On UPN-9, Lynch is seen and heard, saying: "This man took and officer's gun and pumped bullets into his head. He should never ever see the light of day again as a free man."
Mar. 16 Pat Lynch is quoted in Lisa Colangelo's Civil Service column in the Daily News in an item about the recently completed PERB hearings: "It's unfortunate that because the city doesn't negotiate in good faith and forces us to go to PERB, when this decision comes down it will be a long-expired contract already."

Mar. 18

Pat Lynch's photo accompanies a story in the Chief-Leader about the PBA's questions about a possible NYPD plan to expand its hair-sample drug-testing program. Al O'Leary is quoted saying the union has some "science-related" concerns: "We are in conversations with the Office of Labor Relations. We stand opposed to switching the test until our differences are resolved."

Mar. 10

Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about more than one third of the cops joining the Nassau County Police Department having quit the NYPD to take the more lucrative job: "You have people who are leaving positions of authority or rank -- whether detective or sergeant -- to become a police officer and go down in rank but to go up in pay."

Mar. 8 Pat Lynch photo and quotes appear in the New York Times and he is also quoted in the Daily News, Newsday and the New York Sun in connection with the hung jury in the trial of Police Officer Bryan Conroy: "It is never the intention to take a life," he told the Times, "and there is no script when we go out on patrol. Difficult things happen, and many times there is a tragedy, and this time there was a tragedy all around." Lynch's photo and quotes also appear in an article in the Chief-Leader about the PBA's support for the Transit Workers Union's opposition to token-booth closings: "We are talking about human lives, and at a time when the Police Department has been dangerously downsized, it's even more dangerous to remove our second set of eyes and ears from the subway."
Mar. 7 Pat Lynch is seen and heard on NY-1, News-2, News-4, Fox-5, Channel 7, UPN-9 and WB-11, reacting to the hung jury in the trial of Police Officer Bryan Conroy. "There are no winners or losers in this," he commented on WB-11. "We have a loss of life and we have a police officer who has to deal with that forever. There's never a winner or loser when someone dies...It's obvious that the people did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt."
Mar. 5 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about the deadlocked jury in manslaughter trial of Police Officer Bryan Conroy: "With juries you never know. The only ones that know are those folks that are in that jury room."
Mar. 4 Lynch is quoted in the Daily News coverage of a Transit Workers Union press conference to announce opposition to the Transit Authority plan to close token booths: "Booth clerks are the anchor that provides a sense of security in the massive subway system. Subway riders rely on the human presence in the booth to get a police officer or medical help when they need it. Closing booths is bad for the subway and it is bad for the city."

Mar. 3

Pat Lynch is quoted in a page-one Daily News story about the NYPD hiring recruits with arrest records: "Younger, well-qualified candidates are choosing other opportunities bcasue they can't make a livable wage as a New York City police officer. The result is people are becoming cops who should not." Lynch appears on Channels 5, 7, WB-11 and UPN-9, commenting on the recruits-with-arrest-records story: "People that violated the law before are now being made New York City police officers. That's a danger to the NYPD and its reputation. That's a danger to the citizens of the city," he tells FOX-5. "Give New York City police officers a decent, livable wage and you'll have enough of a pool of qualified candidates to take the job, and you won't have to cut corners," he tells WB-11. Lynch is also seen and heard on UPN-9 and WB-11, urging the public not to rush to judgment in the case of the members of the service who are accused of swapping information for counterfeit merchandise.


February

Feb. 16 The New York Times publishes a letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch, commenting on the city's proposal to use real estate tax revenues to finance the West Side stadium project: "...We are in binding arbitration over the police officers' contract, which expired 30 months ago; one of the main issues being considered by the state arbitrator is the ability to pay. Clearly, this kind of fiscal manipulation demonstrates that the city had the ability to pay but lacks the willingness."
Feb. 15

Pat Lynch is quoted in a Newsday article about the opening arguments in the trial of Officer Bryan Conroy, charged with  manslaughter in the death of Ousmane Zongo: "They have two years to look at what this police officer had to deal with in  seconds."

Feb. 13 The Daily News publishes an opinion piece by Pat Lynch in which he argues against a proposal to restore voting rights to convicted felons, incarcerated or on parole. A lawsuit by imprisoned cop-killer Anthony Bottoms seeking to regain his voting rights "brought the debate to our attention," Lynch writes. "...In killing two brave New York City police officers, he denied them their right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' He killed their opinions and he killed their votes. Anthony Bottom has voted with bullets and doesn't deserve to vote again."
Feb. 9 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News' civil service column, in an item about the department's latest recruitment effort: "Our concern is that they've made it so easy to bcome police officers because they are not competitive in the market. There is just not a pool of candidates the way it was 15 years ago when 40, 000 to 50,000 people took the test and the list lasted four years."
Feb.8 Pat Lynch's photo and quotes appear in the story in the Chief-Leader about increasing the penalties for stores that sell items that can be used to impersonate a police officer: "In this time of terrorism, it's that much more important. Plus, we need the public to have the confidence that when they see our shield, they see our patch, they know it's a genuine New York City police officer." The Chief-Leader also publishes a letter-to-the-editor by Lynch that thanks the paper for publicizing the PBA's opposition to paroles for cop killers.
Feb. 4 Transit Trustee Mike Morgillo is quoted in a Newsday column about the NYPD's missing of a deadline that would have enabled the names of 70 forgotten fallen police officers to be included this spring on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.: "We needed him (Police Commissioner Ray Kelly) to sign off by Dec. 31. This means the cops cannot be included on that wall until May 2006."
Feb. 2 Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about proposed stiffer penalties for those who sell items that could be used to impersonate police officers: "Immediate steps must be taken to ensure that uniform patches and police shields are available only to sworn members of the NYPD."
Feb. 1

Pat Lynch is seen and heard on NBC-4, UPN9 and WB11, calling for strong penalties to deter illegal sales of police uniforms and shields. "We need the public to have the confidence that when they see our shield, they see our patch, they know it's a genuine New York City police officer," Lynch says in one soundbite.


January

Jan. 28 Pat Lynch's photo appears in an article in The Chief-Leader about the PBA's "Finest of the Finest" awards ceremony. Lynch's photo and quotes also accompany The Chief's article about the PBA's opposition to parole for one of the killers in the 1980 murder of Police Officer Robert Sorrentino: "New York State needs to send a message that cop-killers should never expect to walk the streets again."
Jan 23

Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about slain police officer Robert Sorrentino's family opposing parole for the last surviving member of his band of killers. Lynch told the News that the parole board needs to hear just how much families like Sorrentino's have suffered. "In this case, even the court reporter was crying," Lynch said. "Not seeing his children grow up. Never meeting his grandchildren. No one can explain the impact as well as family can."

Jan. 12 Lynch appears on NBC-4, reacting to the marketing of a new handgun that can pierce the bullet-resistant vests commonly used by law enforcement, including the NYPD. "We're calling for legislation to be passed, both federally and locally,  banning this weapon, so these weapons never come into our state and never get in the hands of the perps that we chase on a regular basis," he told reporter Scott Weinberger.
Jan. 7 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about Mayor Bloomberg's announcement that he would like to issue a second round of $250 million in real estate rebates this year: "How can the mayor testify under oath today (yesterday/s PERB hearings) that the city has no money for police raises but can find surplus money for a politically expedient real-estate tax rebate?" In the evening, Lynch appears on NY 1 and Channels 2, 7 & 9, reacting to the mayor's real-estate-tax-rebate plan. "What we're saying is, pay us a decent, livable wage. If you can afford to have a political ploy that's going to cost $250 million to the city's coffers, then you can afford to pay New York City police officers because they're the ones that put themselves at risk each and every day," he commented on CBS-2.
Jan. 6 Pat Lynch is seen and heard on CBS-2, reacting to Mayor Bloomberg's testimony before the PERB panel: "He showed that policing is not really a priority in this administration. He's...refusing to pay the people that... brought this city back, from crime before 9/11 and from terrorism after 9/11."
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