PBA in the News
Archive 2006

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December

Dec. 12 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in The Chief-Leader reporting Gov. Pataki's veto of bills that would have allowed cops and firefighters to amend their terminal leave benefit to include a monetary payment instead of days off. "Obviously, we are disappointed in the veto." The Chief-Leader also runs a long story, with photos, about the PBA's Finest of the Finest awards ceremony, quoting Lynch: "If not for New York City police officers,no one in this country could hold a protest sign and no one in this country could say and stand up for what they believe in." The Daily News quotes Lynch in an article about cop-killer Joanne Chesimard having gotten a center named after her City College: "It's disgusting that an institution of higher learning whose main goal is to educate people would dedicate a room to a person whose main goal in life was to take lives, especially those of people who wear the uniform." Pat Lynch slams CUNY for center named in honor of a cop killer in videos on Fox5, New York 1, WABC, WB11, RNN, and WCBS.
Dec. 8 Pat Lynch is quoted in an amNewYork article finding that police shootings have not risen this year: “Despite the raw emotion and scrutiny that [the Sean Bell shooting] has generated, New York City police officers are among the most restrained in the use of deadly physical force in the nation. That has been true for years and remains true today and is only supported by the fact that the five officers involved never fired their weapons on the job before.”
Dec. 7 Pat Lynch is quoted in an article in the Chief-Leader about Mayor Bloomberg’s assertion that the police action in the strip club incident was “excessive.” “PBA head Pat Lynch contended that the mayor’s making such statements when the facts of the case had yet to be established,” the Chief-Leader writes, “could ‘only serve to inflame tensions and prejudice the rights of those who are presumptively innocent.’” Lynch is also quoted in a Daily News article about Gov. Pataki’s veto of two bills that would have allowed police officers and firefighters to receive a lump sum in cash instead of taking their terminal leave benefit when retiring: “This is a benefit that was bought and paid for during previous negotiations.”
Dec. 6 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article in which a lawyer representing two of the men shot in the Queens strip club incident suggests that the PBA president is involved in a police attempt to “dirty up the victims.” “Patently untrue,” Lynch is quoted as responding. “All we’ve consistently asked for is a thorough and fair investigation of the case.”
Dec. 5 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News, Newsday and New York Sun (and his photo appears in Newsday) in the newspapers’ follow-up articles on the 50 police bullets fired in the Queens strip club incident: “Fiction on the street shouldn’t become fact in the courtroom. What we want here is for the grand jury to review the facts in the case, not the facts that are running in the street.”
Dec. 4 More news coverage of the PBA response to the shooting on TV news channels WABC, WCBS, WNBC and WB11 and in Newsday, the Daily News, and the New York Sun.


November

Nov. 30 More videos concerning the shooting in Queens on UPN9, WNBC, WB11 and WCBS.
Nov. 28 Pat Lynch and Mike Palladino appear on NY 1's "Inside City Hall" program and criticize Mayor Bloomberg's pronouncement of "excessive force" in the weekend's shooting in Queens. Lynch is interviewed on New York 1 following a day of testimony in the trial of the killer of Detectives Andrews and Nemorin. Lynch is quoted in the Daily News, New York Post and Chief- Leader¹s accounts of Mayor Bloomberg¹s statement that the 50 shots fired by police officers in the Queens strip club incident represented "excessive force": "Only the detectives and police officer who fired their weapons can explain the circumstances under which they took action, and they have not yet been heard. Premature statements made without the benefit of all the facts only serve to inflame tensions and prejudice the rights of those who are presumptively innocent." The Chief-Leader also reports Lynch¹s appointment to Governor-elect Spitzer¹s transition team. The Chief-Leader also notes Lynch¹s presence at the 78th Pct.¹s plaque dedication in honor of Det. Joseph A. Miccio, killed in the line of duty in 1942.
Nov. 27 Lynch slams Bloomberg's opinion of excessive force by police during weekend shooting in an NBC video.
Nov. 22 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about him criticizing the lawyer for actor-turned-accused-cop-killer Lillo Brancato for stalling on going to trial in the murder of Officer Daniel Enchautegui: "He¹s talking out of both sides of his mouth. This is not a celebrity. It¹s a cold-blooded killer."


October

Oct. 31 Pat Lynch¹s photo and quotes appear in an article in The Chief-Leader about the contract dispute between the PBA and the city: "The real issue is that people thinking about becoming police officers look at the potential for earnings over the long run, and without competitive salaries at all levels ­ starting and critical top pay ­ none one is going to take this dangerous and difficult job."
Oct. 22 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about two brothers who have "raked in more than $200,000" suing the NYPD: "What they do is not much better than sticking up the city¹s coffers at gunpoint."
Oct. 21 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News report that the contract dispute between the PBA and the city is headed for binding arbitration. Lynch called the city¹s offer "lower than inflation" and "completely unacceptable to New York City police officers who are earning tens of thousands of dollars less each year than other local police departments."
Oct. 20 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and New York Post, in articles about the Bloomberg administration¹s attempt to cut death benefits to families of retired police officers and firefighters who die from WTC-related illnesses: "There should be no difference in the benefits provided to the family of a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty or who becomes ill and dies from toxic exposure during the rescue, recovery or cleanup from the attack on the World Trade Center."
Oct. 19 On WNBC TV, Lynch slams city for attempting to reduce 9/11 Death Benefit for retirees (video)
Oct. 11 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about a defense attorney¹s claim that New York City police officer Eric Hernandez, who was killed after being beaten at a Bronx White Castle, was legally drunk at the time: "That does not give them the right to set upon this citizen."


September

Sep. 24 Three New York Post stories on WTC health: Cancer Shock at Ground Zero High School; Rice OK'd Claim of 'Safe Air' After 9/11 ; Heroes' advocate stricken with 'WTC' disease.
Sep. 20 In a New York 1 video, Pat Lynch condemns political news conference at Ground Zero on "Inside City Hall."
Sep. 19 Pat Lynch¹s photo and remarks are published in The Chief-Leader in its report on the City Council hearing into lingering WTC-related health effects on first-responders: "Patrolmen¹s Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch took it a step further and said there needs to be an 'independent overseer ­ one without a vested interest other than the responder¹s health.' During five minutes of heated testimony, Mr. Lynch blasted the city for its slow response to he brewing crisis. 'It was a failure of government that it took until Aug. 31, almost a full five years, for the Dept. of Health to release [9/11] treatment protocols to the medical community. We, as first responders, demand to know why...Why were city lawyers reviewing the [medical guideline] drafts? How much time and delay did the lawyers¹ involvement cost? Why were lawyers involved in what is primarily and fundamentally a health issue?'" Lynch is also quoted in a New York Sun article about a reported slight increase in the number of people applying to take the police exam: "The president of the Patrolmen¹s Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch, said it wasn¹t just the starting pay that hurt recruitment, but the generally lower salary all NYPD officers are paid compared with officers in the Port Authority and in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as across the country. 'New York City has a serious problem recruiting qualified persons and has the additional problem of losing veterans by the hundreds each year to better-paying police departments,' he said in a statement."
Sep. 17 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about nationwide difficulties in police recruiting: "The top salary...'is not competitive with surrounding jurisdictions. Police officers look at the whole trajectory of their career. They will accept the risks that come with police work because they want to follow their passion for law enforcement. But they also want to be able to put food on the table.'"
Sep. 15 Pat Lynch is quoted in the Daily News and New York Post in reports about his testimony at City Council hearings on WTC-related health problems. "Our call for help is being ignored," he was quoted in the News. "The government has failed the workers who were made ill in every facet of health-related issues," he is quoted in the Post.
Sep. 14 Videos: Pat Lynch testifies at the City Council about post 9/11 health issues, the lack of tracking by the NYPD and need for federal funding for diagnosis and treatment. WNBC, NY1, and Inside City Hall on NY1.
Sep. 13 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News article about the effort to deny parole to one of the men who killed New York City police officer James Carragher in 1982: "Without the death penalty, cop killers should never see the light of day. We will be supporting this family (of Officer Carragher) throughout this latest ordeal to ensure this killer stays in prison."
Sep. 12 A quote by Pat Lynch, taken from the PBA website, is included in The Chief-Leader's report on the first mediation session between the PBA and the city: "The Bloomberg administration would have you believe that their proposal to increase starting pay was a magnanimous gesture, but the truth is that their plan is akin to earning more money for working more days. It is a zero-sum gain proposition that ultimately devalues the job of police officer."
Sep. 11 On the fifth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, Pat Lynch and UFA president Steve Cassidy join in a free wheeling interview about all things related to September 11th on NY1's program "Inside City Hall."
Sep. 8 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Newsday article about police officers leaving the NYPD for other departments that offer higher pay: "They simply couldn¹t support their families on what the city pays. It costs about $100,000 per officer to recruit, train and field a New York City police officer. That money is wasted every time an NYPD cop quits for a better job."
Sep. 6 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post article about NYPD police officers defecting to the Suffolk PD because of the better salaries there: "The NYPD will continue to lose fully trained and experienced police officers until they pay police officers a salary that is competitive at all levels. This is just the most recent addition to a mass exodus from the NYPD that has been going on for years." Lynch is also quoted in New York Metro, commenting on the city¹s latest plan to treat and detect WTC-related illnesses: "The initiatives announced yesterday represent a first step in the right direction. It just shouldn¹t have taken five years. It¹s better than nothing ­ but not much better."
Sep. 1 Pat Lynch¹s photo and quotes accompany an article in The Chief-Leader about Philip L Maier being named mediator in the contract dispute between the city and the PBA. "We look forward to presenting our case for a well-deserved and long-overdue pay increase for New York City police officers..." Lynch said in a statement. "Time will tell if the city¹s unwillingness to pay police officers a salary that is competitive with other police agencies and to pay us for our real productivity increases, like handling more work with a reduced workforce, will stymie the mediation process the way it did the negotiating process."


August

Aug. 25 In a WNBC news video, Pat Lynch calls the WTC Health Registry report incomplete and outdated.
Aug. 22 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article about pension bills enacted in Albany in recent years that benefit various union members. In a section discussing HIV -tuberculosis-hepatitis presumption bills, the Times quotes a letter written by Lynch in support of such a bill benefiting police officers: "Since police officers are required to pass a physical examination upon entry into service, and to follow lifestyles that would preclude their contracting HIV, tuberculosis or hepatitis, it is reasonable to presume that by far the most likely cause of contracting one of these diseases would be coming into contact with an infected individual in the course of performance of duties." Also, a full-page PBA advertisement appears in the newspaper Our Town¹s Downtown-City Hall edition opposite a full-page exploration of Mayor Bloomberg¹s presidential campaign possibilities. Headlined, "Bloomberg for President? First learn to speak Bloombergese," the ad translates some of the mayor¹s deceptive public pronouncements about the city-PBA contract negotiations into plain, PBA English.
Aug. 2 In an NY1 video news story, Pat Lynch at Bronx Supreme Court regarding the death of PO Eric Hernandez.
Aug. 1 In a UPN9 video, Pat Lynch at Bronx Supreme Court regarding the death of PO Eric Hernandez.


July

Jul. 28 The Daily News reports on the White House Executive Order allowing the EPA to keep secret information on toxins at the World Trade Center.
Jul 23-25 The launch of the PBA¹s website registry to monitor the health of New York City police officers who worked on the pile in the aftermath of 9/11 is reported exlusively in the New York Post, with follow-up stories over the next few days not only on radio and television (videos from WABC, WCBS, WNBC, UPN9, NY1, Fox-5) but also in the other newspapers (a number of reports in the Daily News, Sun, Newsday.). Pat Lynch is quoted in the Post saying that PBA members have had "precious little information on the health consequences our members are experiencing" and that the registry was set up to remedy that. Lynch is also quoted in the Daily News, charging that government is turning its back on the ailing first-responders: "The federal government has walked away." "Police officers responded instantly to the attack on the World Trade Center," he told the Daily News. "We knew what was right and we did it and now the city should do the same."
Jul. 9 The Daily News reports on the PBA open letter to the public of NYC. "They created the problem, now they want to correct it but want the police officers themselves to pay for it. It is all smoke and mirrors and the way this administration is attempting to mislead the public is fundamentally dishonest."
Jul. 8 The Times, Post, News, WNBC, WCBS, New York 1 cover the Mayor's declaration of impasse in contract negotiations. Says Pat Lynch: "Without even waiting to see the P.B.A.'s counteroffer, the city declares an impasse and tells the press about it before they inform the union. That outrageous behavior demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Bloomberg administration never had any intention of negotiating a fair contract with their grossly underpaid police officers."


June

Jun. 25 PBA blasts 9/11 health monitoring system in the New York Post. "We need to find out what cancers and serious disorders are out there so we know what to look for," said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. "Millions of dollars are being spent, and we're getting no information."
Jun. 23 In the Chief-Leader, Pat Lynch commented on the removal of Laura Blackburne. "The New York State Court of Appeals has done the people of New York City a great service by permanently removing Laura Blackburne, a notorious cop-hater. As a judge, Laura Blackburne was a blemish on the outstanding record of service provided to this city by all those who serve on the bench with honor and dignity." In the New York Times, Lynch asserts that PBA needs to negotiate separately because of disparity with surrounding districts. The Times and New York 1 also note the PBA endorsement of Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General.
Jun. 14 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday, and the Queens Chronicle in articles about Judge Laura Blackburne¹s removal from the bench: "The New York State Court of Appeals has done the people of New York City a great service by permanently removing Laura Blackburne, a notorious cop-hater." The story was also covered in the New York Sun and the New York Times.
Jun. 13 Dismissal of Laura Blackburne covered in videos on WCBS and WNBC. "This was a right decision by the Court of Appeals," said Pat Lynch, "but a difficult one."
Jun. 7 Pat Lynch reacts to a videotape released by an attorney showing defendants claiming self defense in the beating of police officer Eric Hernandez on WABC and WNBC.
Jun. 2 Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief-Leader, in a column about the politics surrounding the salary issues in the PBA contract negotiations: "The city has failed to provide the PBA with the most fundamental information regarding this round of contracts. Every piece of information we have requested is being sought for use in our effort to gain fair and competitive contract for New York¹s police officers through negotiations. We are moving expeditiously to reach an agreement at the table but we will not disadvantage our position in bargaining to move on a timetable driven solely by the city¹s inability to fill its academy class."


May

May 26 Pat Lynch is quoted in The New York Post, in an article in which Police Commissioner Kelly blames the low starting salary for a more than 25 percent drop in police recruit applications: "Surrounding police departments pay their officers $90,000 a year. Until New York City matches that, the NYPD will have a serious recruiting and retention problem. The commissioner knows it and the mayor knows it. Now they have to find the political courage to fix it."
May 25 A letter-to-the-editor by Pat Lynch is published in The New York Post correcting the paper¹s assertion in a May 22 editorial that New York City police officer benefits are "substantially more generous" than the benefits in suburban departments: "But we can¹t blame you for that misapprehension," Lynch writes in part, "because you are just repeating the city¹s propaganda...But the PERB chairman was not persuaded that NYPD benefits 'are so different from other communities and entities to which comparisons are made as to close the pay gap.'"
May 24 Pat Lynch is quoted in Lisa Colangelo's Daily News column about the city's latest offer: "Once again the city expects police officers to pay for their own raises while failing to close the gap at all levels of salary between New York City police and surrounding communities, from entry level to critical top pay."
May 23 Pat Lynch is quoted in The Chief-Leader's article about the city¹s latest contract offer: "Once again the city expects police officers to pay for their own raises while failing to close the gap at all levels of salary between New York City police and surrounding communities, from entry level to critical top pay...Bloomberg is using the salesman's theory that if you repeat a lie enough, people will believe it...This offer fails to consider the dangers that we face above and beyond virtually any other municipal employee despite the Taylor Law's requirement to consider job risks in setting wages."
May 22 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Post editorial about the city¹s offer to increase starting police salaries in exchange for givebacks: "Furthermore [the offer] does nothing to address the critical recruitment and retention problem caused by dramatically higher police salaries in other departments."
May 20 Pat Lynch is quoted in a New York Times article in which Mayor Bloomberg suggests the PBA is being "duplicitous" in criticizing low starting pay for police officers: "Bloomberg is using the salesman¹s theory that if you repeat a lie enough, people will believe it. Reduced starting pay for police officers was in the city¹s demands from Day 1. They wanted it, testified for it and the arbitrator gave it to them, and now they have to live with it. If anyone is being duplicitous, it¹s the mayor."
May 19

Pat Lynch is quoted in The New York Times, Daily News and New York Post, in articles about the city¹s contract offer to the PBA: "Once again the city expects police officers to pay for their own raises while failing to close the gap at all levels of salary between New York City police and surrounding communities, from entry level to critical top pay. This offer fails to consider the dangers that we face above and beyond virtually any other municipal employee. It does nothing to address the critical recruitment and retention problem caused by dramatically higher police salaries in other departments."

May 17 Pat Lynch is quoted in The New York Sun, in an article saying that the number of applicants for the NYPD is down almost 27%: "The problem obviously is salary, but you won¹t fix it just by raising the starting salary. In Nassau they start at $21,000 and have no trouble finding applicants. That¹s because after a few years, they are earning $90,000 while our officers are earning $59,000. You do the math."
May 8 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Daily News exclusive about Transit cops in the Bronx being compelled to hide out in secret rooms to catch more fare-beaters and other violators to statisfy an illegal summons quota: "Management can call them whatever they want, but when punitive action follows a failure to write a target number of summonses, then it¹s an illegal quota. Quotas are bad because they can interfere with our ability to fight serious crime and make for poor police-community relations."
May 7 Lynch counters defense lawyer claims on new video in death of P.O. Hernandez on an ABC video.
May 5 Lynch blames thugs for death of P.O. Hernandez in videos on ABC, Fox-5, NBC and UPN9
May 4 Pat Lynch is quoted in a Newsday article and UPN9 and WB11 videos about a hearing for the accused killers of P.O. Daniel Enchautegui: "It¹s outrageous that these two junkies want the evidence collected and their statements suppressed because they made bad choices. They both knew there was a weapon being carried."
May 3 A New York 1 video covers how fewer applicants for PO test cause the city to make increased starting pay one of their demands. Lynch is critical of "productivity" gains to pay for it. Pat Lynch is quoted in Lisa Colangelo¹s Civil Service column in the Daily News: "'The city should be penalized for dragging its feet in collective bargaining,' Pat Lynch at a City Council Civil Service and Labor Committee hearing in March."
May 2

In the Daily News, the PBA helps fund a suit to prevent cop-killer getting award:Also in the Daily News, wounded officer back on the beat: The Chief-Leader covered Pat Lynch's impassioned speech supporting the TWU. Another article in the Chief-Leader mocked the Mayor's tortured attempts to answer Lynch's call for interest payments on late contract deals.


April

Apr. 28 In a New York 1 video, Pat Lynch tells NY1 that higher top pay will solve the recruitment problem.
April 26

In WABC, New York 1, WNBC videos, Pat Lynch and board members join TWU President Roger Toussaint at a rally before he surrendered to serve a 10-day jail sentence for the 3-day long TWU strike last December. In UPN9 and Fox-5 videos, PBA 2nd VP Mubarak Abdul-Jabbar joins Rep. Anthony Weiner in calling for the waiver of diplomatic immunity or deportation of a Russian diplomat who hit a Highway officer while apparently intoxicated. In a WCBS video, convicted cop shooter William Hodges — who was released in error by Judge Laura Blackburne under speedy trial provisions — is sentenced to 25 years for shooting uniformed police officer David Gonzales in 1999.

April 25 In the Daily News, Pat Lynch said the Gonzalez case showed Blackburne's "anti-police bias."
April 2 Pat Lynch joins Council Speaker Christine Quinn in seeking $9 million to upgrade 18,000 vests. View video at: NY1, CBS 2, NBC 4, Fox 5, ABC 7, UPN 9 and WB 11. Read print accounts at: NY Times; Daily News, NY Post, Newsday; The Sun.


March

March 31 The New York Times describes how New York labor leaders criticize anti-strike law.
March 31 In the Sun, Pat Lynch moves to quash office of collective bargaining.
March 30 New York 1 covers Lynch's testimony at the City Council when he calls for revisions to Taylor Law.
March 27 New York Post interviews potential recruits about salary.
March 22 Pat Lynch comments on the proposed build-up of the NYPD in the Post, Sun, News, and Newsday.
March 17 In a Chief-Leader article on the BCB dismissal of the PBA's complaint against Bloomberg's comments during negotiations, Lynch charged that the decision showed that the Board is biased against unions. He said, "In practice, OCB is an arm of the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations."
March 14 In the Post, Pat Lynch calls P.O. Enchautegui's murderer's proposed self-defense claim "absolute nonsense." On CBS and UPN9 videos, Lynch and hundreds of PBA members pledge that actor won't profit from murder.
March 13 On CBS and UPN9 videos, Marine Corps Law Encforcement Foundation donates $40,000 towards college education of the PO Dillon Stewart's daughters.
March 7 In the Chief-Leader, Pat Lynch asserts that last week's ruling on personnel records "should send a message to the NYPD that this is a bad policy that they should rescind immediately and permanently abandon for the future."
March 4 Newsday and Post cover the court decision ordering the NYPD to show personnel records to the PAPD, quoting Pat Lynch accusing the NYPD of a "blatant attempt" to try to keep his union members from jobs where they will earn $30,000 more a year.
March 3 New York 1 (video) covers PBA victory in court-ordered handover of personnel files to PAPD. Pat Lynch said that the NYPD's attempt to prevent access to the files was a "blatant attempt to prevent police officers frrom pursuing better paying police jobs."
March 1

Police union disagreements covered in the Chief and the Post, and the Chief covers the sentencing of cop-killer Legere to life without parole.


February

February 21 In the Sun, Pat Lynch says: "The new Crimes Against Police laws ... will instill respect for the badge and uniform in the mind of the criminal community."
February 17 Pat Lynch blasts back at Mayor's attacks in Daily News.
February 16

Post, News, and a video on Channel 4 report that some recruits filed for food stamps, while the Chief covers the judge ordering personnel records to be available to the P.A.P.D.

February 12 Pat Lynch says "These cops - these heroes in training - can barely make ends meet when they are in Police Academy" in the Daily News discussing the effects of reduced pay for rookies, a story picked up by UPI.
February 10 Daily News and New York Post cover the judge's order to the NYPD to make personnel records abailable to potential employers.
February 9 The death of P.O. Eric Hernandez is covered in the Sun, Newsday, News, Post, Times
February 8 In a New York 1 video, Lynch calls for full prosecution under "crimes against police" law of thugs who brutally attacked PO Hernandez.
February 7 PBA files records lawsuit against city: Newsday, News, Post, WINS
February 3 In the Chief, Lynch warns that changes to pension benefits will further discourage recruitment in the NYPD. Another article in the Chief discusses rulings by arbitrators that summons quotas exist and must cease, and that NYPD violated rules for HQ security staff and must pay.
February 2

Story on new law covered in the New York Sun.

February 1 Pat Lynch joins Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes to announce the first indictment under the tougher law called the "crimes against police act" as reported on Channel 7 and New York 1 (videos).


January

January 27 Letter from Pat Lynch to the Editor of the Chief: "City Won’t Pay Cops Fairly"
January 21 In an NBC video, Pat Lynch calls on judges to send a message with career criminal who shot at police.
January 20

Videos: On Fox-5, New York 1, UPN9, and WB11, a PBA grievance results in a city arbitrator ordering the NYPD to cease and desist from using illegal summons quotas in Brooklyn's 75 Precinct. Videos: On WCBS, Fox-5, UPN9, and WB11, Diane Piagentini and PBA president Pat Lynch call on the NY State Division of Parole to deny parole for Black Liberation Army assassins Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom who murdered of PO Joseph Piagentini and PO Waverly Jones in 1971.

January 12 The PBA honors dozens of heroes in its ranks at the annual "Finest of the Finest" awards ceremony. TV news video (CBS and Fox-5) and the Daily News reports the stories of the late PO James McNaughton — the first NYC police officers to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country in Iraq -- was honored and a plaque presented to his parents while police officers Maria Franco and Victor Matos of the 33 Pct. honored for saving the life of an infant stabbed by an EDP.
January 11 Pat Lynch appears on New York 1's "Inside City Hall" (video) in a freewheeling discussion of the dangers of policing, the death penalty and contract negotiations. On a UPN9 video, Pat Lynch joins Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a call for stronger state and federal legislation to curb gun violence in NYC. In the print press, Lynch is quoted in the New York Post, in an article about Steven Armento bragging to arresting officers about his superior firepower to that of Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui, whom he is accused of killing: "This [suspect's] statement shows this vermin to be a cold-blooded unremorseful cop killer, the poster boy for the reinstatment of the death penalty in New York State."
Jan. 10 Pat Lynch is quoted in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and the New York Sun, in articles about the not-guilty pleas entered by Lillo Brancato Jr. and Steven Armento, accused killers of Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui: "He's an evil man," Lynch tells reporters, referring to the actor Brancato: "and you cannot take evil out of a person ­ actor or otherwise...His choice was to stand with that killer. He's equally as guilty. Now it's time to make sure there's justice and he never, ever sees the light of day." Lynch is also quoted in the News and Newsday, in stories about the swearing in of the first NYPD recruits being paid the new starting salary of $25,100. "We go to arbitration because the city refuses to negotiate from across the table," Lynch tells reporters. "We need to sit at a table. Nassau County police officers start at $21,000 but their top pay is $90,000. They do not have a recruitment nor a retention problem" Lynch's photo and quotes also appear in an article in The Chief-Leader about legislation drafted by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and signed by President Bush that allocates about $280 million to New York City to hire an additional 3,640 police officers over the next four years: "The NYPD is one of the few police departments in America that has fewer police officers today than it did on Sept. 11, 2001, despite the obvious increase in workload caused by anti-terrorism activities. President Bush's signing of the [bill] will help to put more police officers on the street making our neighborhoods safe."
January 9

Videos show hundreds of police officers join Pat Lynch at arraignment of cop killers. Lynch warns potential jurors not to be swayed by the celebrity status of one of the killers: ABC, CBS, Fox-5, NBC, New York 1, UPN9. Lynch blames city for "disastrously low" starting salary that is impacting recruiting: ABC, NBC, New York 1. In the print press, Lynch¹s photo accompanies a half-page question-and-answer article in Metro NY in which Lynch discusses several recent issues and events, including the recruitment crisis, his support for the recently striking Transport Workers Union, stiffer penalties for crimes against police officers and the death penalty.

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