New York Daily News

 February 5, 2017, 7:40 PM

  

 

Police union boss Pat Lynch admits stalking Mayor de Blasio helped cops snag new contract

BY LAURA DIMON

PBA head Patrick Lynch said following the mayor led to both sides coming to the negotiating table. (HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch confessed to stalking Mayor de Blasio at the gym, and they both worked out — a contract.

Speaking to John Catsimatidis on his “Cats Roundtable” radio show Sunday, Lynch said he credited the aggressive approach with finally getting City Hall to the negotiating table.

“We went out. We followed the mayor,” he said. “We followed him to his favorite coffee haunt in Brooklyn. We went to his gym, the YMCA in Park Slope, to get him to focus on the contract. And I think it was effective.”

Tensions ran high during negotiations over the last several months, with the PBA launching attacks and tailing Hizzoner.

PBA head Patrick Lynch said following the mayor led to both sides coming to the negotiating table. (HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch confessed to stalking Mayor de Blasio at the gym, and they both worked out — a contract.

Speaking to John Catsimatidis on his “Cats Roundtable” radio show Sunday, Lynch said he credited the aggressive approach with finally getting City Hall to the negotiating table.

“We went out. We followed the mayor,” he said. “We followed him to his favorite coffee haunt in Brooklyn. We went to his gym, the YMCA in Park Slope, to get him to focus on the contract. And I think it was effective.”

Tensions ran high during negotiations over the last several months, with the PBA launching attacks and tailing Hizzoner.

Lynch often led protests outside the mayor’s gym and favorite coffee shop to put the pressure on.

The PBA often led protests outside Mayor de Blasio's gym and favorite coffee shop.  (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“I just thought he liked the coffee,” de Blasio joked last week.

If the tentative contract reached last Tuesday is ratified by union members, NYPD officers will enjoy raises of more than 11%.

“Moving forward, our contract will be expired in a couple of months, and we will be back at the table,” Lynch added on Sunday’s radio show.

“We are going to go through our ratification process, and I think they’re going to overwhelmingly ratify it.”