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PBA in the News

March 17, 2018
Diane Piagentini Interview

Diane Piagentini is interviewed on Fox & Friends.

March 16, 2018
News Conference With Slain Officer's Widow

The PBA conducted a news conference with Diane Piagentini, widow of assassinated PO Joseph Piagentini, and their two daughters, Deborah and Mary, calling for the firing of two Parole Board members who voted to release domestic terrorist and three time cop-killer, Herman Bell, on parole. Stories ran in: NY Post; a Daily News editorial; Daily News on parole issues; Post on how parole board broke its own rules; Post on pol calls for parole board’s firing. TV news stories were carried on ABC 7 News, CBS 2 News, NBC 4 News, Fox 5 News and New York 1 as well as 1010 WINS Radio.

March 15, 2018
National Coverage of Cop Killer Parole

The PBA condemns the decision to release three time cop-killer, Herman Bell, on parole. Stories ran in: the Post; NY Times, a Post Op-Ed, Newsday,, KLTV 7, WRAL Raleigh, NC, SI Advance, Fox35, New York 1 TV news, 1010 WINS Radio, WCBS 880 Radio news, and WOR Radio news.

March 14, 2018
Press On PBA Lawsuit

The PBA files suit against the CCRB for granting itself powers that exceed those cited by the City Charter. Read the PBA’s press release here. Stories appeared in: NY Daily News, NY Post and the Courthouse News Service. In a Daily News story about the “secrecy” and inconsistency of NYPD disciplinary practices Pat Lynch says that the desire for transparency does not trump the safety of police officers and their families or the ends of justice.

March 13, 2018
PBA Supports Trained POs in Every School

Following the mass shooting tragedy in a Florida High School, Pat Lynch supports putting fully trained and experienced police officers in every school. See the Chief Leader article and the press release.

March 5, 2018
Seminar Signals Huge Loss of Officers

The Chief Leader reports on the largest ever PBA/SBA pension seminar signaling a massive loss in full trained and highly experienced police officers.

March 1, 2018
MOS Attend Seminar in Record Numbers

A record number of MOS attend the PBA/SBA pension seminar signaling a potential massive loss of fully trained and experienced police officers. Pat Lynch tells the media that it’s the low pay and lack of respect driving police officers to find alternatives. Stories ran on PIX 11 News and on New York 1 News and appeared in Kings County Politics. See also the press release.

February 27, 2018
Record Numbers Sign Up for Pension Seminar

PIX 11 news reports on the record number of police officers registered to attend the PBA‘s pension seminar.

February 16, 2018
Sgt. Hugh Barry Cleared

On the acquittal of Sgt. Hugh Barry in the tragic shooting death of a violent, emotionally disturbed woman, PBA president Pat Lynch said: “There is no victory here today, only relief that justice has been served and a good man who was doing a difficult and dangerous job has been exonerated.” Read Lynch’s entire statement here. Stories ran in: the Daily News, NY Post, Metro, LEO Affairs, NY Times, AM New York, Staten Island Advance (SI Live, Reuters News Service.

February 8, 2018
PBA Seeks Restraining Order

In conjunction with the recently filed PBA lawsuit seeking to block arbitrary release of police body cam video, the union went to court to obtain a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of video until the lawsuit is adjudicated. See story in Daily News.

February 6, 2018
Chief on Body Cams and Tier 3

The Chief Leader reports the PBA’s objection to the rapid expansion of the body cam program noting the latest study that questions that the cams don’t appear to provide any benefit. They also report that the significant improvement in disability benefits negotiated by the PBA for Tier 3 members will see the modest deduction for the benefit in this month.

February 1, 2018
More News on Body Cam Program

WABC Radio reports the PBA’s dissatisfaction with the accelerated roll out of body cameras while WNYC Radio reports about studies that call the effectiveness of body cam use “inconclusive.”

January 31, 2018
PBA Opposes Body Cam Program Acceleration

PBA president Pat Lynch opposes the acceleration of the body cam program because, among many policy issues, studies show the devices are ineffective and extremely costly. Read Lynch’s entire statement here. Reports were published in: Reuters News Service; AM New York; NY Post; Daily News; International Business Times; Staten Island Advance; Metro; Observer; Times Union, and covered on WINS Radio; Fox 5 News; News 12 Bronx; WPIX 11 News: New York 1 News; CBS 2 News; ABC 7 News; NBC 4 News.

January 18, 2018
PBA Packs Courtroom at Attempted Murder Trial

Police officers from Brooklyn South join PBA president Pat Lynch and board officers in Brooklyn Criminal court during the appearance of Justin Murell who is charged with attempted murder of PO Dalsh Veve who remains hospitalized since the dragging last June. Reports appeared in the Daily News and on ABC 7 News, 1010 WINS radio and WOR Radio. Listen to Lynch’s entire statement here.

January 17, 2018
Newsweek Covers Body Cam Lawsuit

Newsweek magazine reports the PBA’s lawsuit to stop the arbitrary and illegal release of police officer’s body cam video. Read the entire press release here.

January 13, 2018
Chief on News of the Week

The Chief Leader reports the PBA's lawsuit to prevent the illegal and arbitrary release of police body cam video and editorializes on the same topic. They also report on the PBA's call to keep cop-killer Herman Bell in prison by denying him parole.

January 12, 2018
No Parole for Bell

The PBA joins police widow, Diane Piagentini, in opposing the parole of Herman Bell who killed three police officers in two states including NYC police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. Stories were printed in the Daily News and Post. Read the entire press release here.

January 12, 2018
Lynch Hammers Council Member Protesters

Pat Lynch hammers City Council members who took part in a protest that blocked an ambulance as it tried to get to a hospital. Lynch noted that the city needs leadership, not showmanship (read Lynch entire statement here) from media hungry politicians. Stories appeared in AM New York; Daily News; Post and the Staten Island Advance.

January 12, 2018
Lynch to Lead Bayside St. Pat's Parade

The Queens Chronicle announced that Pat Lynch will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Bayside St. Patrick’s Day parade.

January 10, 2018
More Coverage of PBA Lawsuit

More coverage of the PBA’s lawsuit to halt the illegal and arbitrary release of video recorded on body cameras. Stories ran today in: NY Times; Boston Globe; Yahoo! News; Legal News; Police MagazineCourthouse News Service and reported by which reaches 13 million readers. The lawsuit was also covered on NBC 4 TV News; News 12 Long Island TV News; WPIX 11 TV News; New York 1 TV News; Fox 5 TV News; WABC Radio; WNYC Radio and 1010 WINS Radio

January 9, 2018
PBA Sues City for Unlawful Release of Body Cam Video

The NY Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Wall Street Journal and Politico report the PBA‘s lawsuit regarding the illegal and arbitrary release of body camera video by the mayor and police commissioner.

January 2, 2018
Misleading Stats

The Washington Times published an opinion piece regarding the downgrading of crimes in NYC and quotes the PBA’s past survey in support of the lack of confidence in the crime stats.