New York Daily News

September 25, 2016, 5:35 PM



Police union to renew push for pay raises by protesting Mayor de Blasio as he exercises at Brooklyn YMCA


Hizzoner's tussle with the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association over pay raises continues.  (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

City cops are heading back to Mayor de Blasio’s Brooklyn gym Monday morning to protest for better pay hikes.

Members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association plan to picket starting at 7 a.m. at the Park Slope YMCA, where de Blasio works out most mornings — drawing scrutiny for an unusual routine that involved getting driven from Gracie Mansion on the upper East Side and sometimes arriving at City Hall well after 10 a.m.

Dozens of cops also showed up for de Blasio’s gym time two mornings last month, chanting “Pay us now, work out later.”

PBA members plan to protest outside the Park Slope YMCA, where the mayor exercises on most mornings.  (NICOLAS ENRIQUEZ©/NICOLAS ENRIQUEZ©)

The union is looking for a new contract with raises better than those offered by the de Blasio administration, though an arbitrator sided with the city. It is going after Hizzoner with TV ads and billboards that have trailed him on a truck to events across the city and country.

De Blasio grew testy when asked about his gym routine last week. “I work seven days a week, all parts of the day,” he said. “If someone is not taking care of themselves so they can be at maximum energy, you’re not doing the right thing by your obligations to the people.”