Updated August 12, 2016, 6:18 PM
BY THOMAS TRACY
|Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch called Mayor de Blasio “nothing more than a hypocrite” over his plan to give most of his staff raises. (MARCUS SANTOS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)|
The head of the city’s largest police union on Friday blasted Mayor de Blasio for doling out hefty raises for his staff — including a $13,000 bump to his executive chef — and said he’s a hypocrite if he doesn’t give raises to rank-and-file police officers as well.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said if the mayor is willing to give raises to “retain skilled staff” and “offer competitive wages” to his employees, he should give the NYPD the same consideration.
“If Mayor de Blasio truly believes these words, he should work on closing the competitive pay gap for New York City police officers, who protect our streets every day while making 30% less than police officers elsewhere,” Lynch said.
|Mayor de Blasio wants to give pay hikes to nearly all of his employees — to the tune of $2 million in taxpayer dollars. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)|
De Blasio authorized raises to 358 of his 360 staffers in fiscal year 2016 — costing $2 million in taxpayer dollars, the Daily News reported Thursday.
The raises included a $13,000 pay hike for the mayor’s executive chef Feliberto Estevez, to $115,000. Fifty-five other City Hall staffers received raises of more than 20%.
A City Hall spokesman said Thursday the raises mirrored raises built into the contract with District Council 37 — a longstanding practice predating the de Blasio administration.
Lynch has repeatedly said the NYPD employs some of the lowest paid officers in the country.
City officials have disputed the PBA’s claims, saying that, including benefits, city cops earn 146% of the average salary for police in large U.S. cities.
"We have repeatedly offered the PBA 11% in raises, even more than those granted to civilian city employees like those in the mayor's office, yet time and time again they have rejected the offer — even as the other police and uniformed unions accepted it,” City Hall spokesman Freddi Goldstein said. “Our door is always open, but unfortunately, the PBA has made it clear they prioritize politics over the interests of its members."
Attempts to negotiate a raise with the PBA have ended up in arbitration — at the union’s request — which has ended with few benefits for the union.
Last year, an arbitrator jointly selected by the PBA and the city ruled in favor of the city during a bitterly contentious contract negotiation and granted a 1% pay raise a year for time worked from April 2010 to April 2012 — a measly 36-cents-an-hour boost.
City Hall asserts the average salary of city cops was $83,976 as of June 2015, or about 11% higher than in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington.