June 17, 2019
The Story of the 1980 Norco Bank Robbery
Peter Houlahan has recently published a book entitled "Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery In American History".
Mr. Houlahan will be discussing his book Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, NYC, using a multimedia presentation, including dramatic audio of the actual police radio traffic and interrogations of the captured bank robbers, photographs, and maps to bring the Norco Bank Robbery to life. See details of the book.
June 13, 2019
Lynch and Board Re-Elected Unopposed
Lynch's re-election to a sixth term was reported by New York 1 and Board and WINS radio. See press release here.
June 7, 2019
Day 7 of Pantaleo Trial
Closing arguments in the PO Pantaleo disciplinary trial were reported by: Wall Street Journal, Daily News, Post, Newsday, Times Union, Gothamist, and Courthouse News. Radio and TV stories were aired on: PIX 11; News 12 Bronx, New York 1, WNYC radio, News radio 880, ABC 7, NBC 4, WINS radio, and Fox 5.
June 6, 2019
Day 6 of Pantaleo Trial
The sixth day of the disciplinary trial of PO Daniel Pantaleo brought St. Louis’s Medical Examiner as an expert witness to the stand whose professional opinion is that Mr. Garner died of heart disease exacerbated by his interaction with police and not from a chokehold. Additionally, a retired NYPD Academy trainer testified that what he saw on the video was not a chokehold. Read the press release here. See broadcasting news about testimony given during this session of the trial: NBC 4, PIX 11, Fox 5, ABC 7, NY 1 and WNYC Radio; and focusing on the attendance of a staff member from the Dept. of Justice on News 12 Bronx and WMBC. Stories appeared in: Wall Street Journal, Post (instructor's testimony), Post (Pantaleo declines to testify), Newsday (union and family comments), Newsday (Garner could breathe), Gothamist.
May 30, 2019
PO Dalsh Veve Honored
The Post reports on the PBA’s Finest of the Finest ceremony during which PO Dalsh Veve, who was severely injured in the line of duty, was honored by his fellow police officers.
May 29, 2019
Pat Lynch Assails de Blasio’s Bail Reform Proposals
The PBA President says "releasing teens who have committed armed robberies or serious assaults flies in the face of every police officer working to fight crime.” His comments were covered by the NY Post, CBS 2 News, NBC 4 News, and New York 1.
May 28, 2019
Lynch on Expansion of RAILS Program
PBA president Pat Lynch argues that the expansion of the NYPD’s RAILS tracking program is a result of mission creep by a Federal Monitor whose primary focus was Stop, Question and sometimes Frisk. Newsday reports that despite a reduction of over 90% in SQF, the monitor and department continues to inflict additional unwarranted oversight on NYC police officers.
May 27, 2019
Fios 1 Interview in Full
Fios 1 news aired an extended version of an interview with Pat Lynch during which he addresses the Garner incident, the parole of cop killers and mayor de Blasio‘s run for president in part one. Part two of the segment is a discussion of the interview between the shows host Richard French, and the reporter, Dominic Carter.
May 26, 2019
Lynch Discusses Police Issues on Fios 1
PBA president Pat Lynch takes the Daily News editorial board to task for pre-judging the Eric Garner case. FiOS 1 News aired a discussion with Pat Lynch about the Garner case and paroling cop killers.
May 22, 2019
Day 5 of Pantaleo Trial
On the 5th day of PO Pantaleo’s disciplinary trial, PO Justin Damico testified on topics ranging from prior encounter with Eric Garner, attempts to avoid a physical confrontation and the belief that Garner was playing “possum” as part of his resisting arrest. Pat Lynch told the media about de-escalation attempts, perps who resist arrest, and policies requiring an arrest report be completed even when the suspect has died. The story was covered on TV and radio on: NBC 4 News; Fox 5 News; New York 1 News; NPR Radio, and WOR Radio. Print stories appeared in: Wall Street Journal; Daily News; Post; Newsday; Gothamist; Staten Island Advance, and the Times Union.
May 20, 2019
Lynch on de Blasio's Candidacy
Retired MOS, Mark Claxton, protests de Blasio in South Carolina as the Mayor campaigns for the presidency. Pat Lynch’s assessment that a de Blasio presidency would be an “unmitigated disaster” was picked up by the Post, USSA News, The Hill, and PIX 11 News.
May 18, 2019
Lynch Takes on De Blasio
PBA President Pat Lynch appears on Fox News’s “Cavuto Live” taking De Blasio to task as the Mayor runs for President.
May 18, 2019
PBA Seeks Written Explanation for Denial of LOD injuries
The New York Post reports on the PBA lawsuit seeking written explanations for the NYPD‘s denial of line of duty injuries.
May 17, 2019
PBA Opposes De Blasio's 2020 Run
PlX 11 News reporter Craig Treadway notes that the PBA was out “en force” as PBA 1st VP John Puglissi hammers De Blasio’s presidential bid as “a joke” and slams the Mayor as a phony progressive and an enemy of labor. CBS 2 News shows PBA members protesting at De Blasio’s announcement that he is running for President.
May 15, 2019
Lynch Says DAs Should Advocate for Victims, Not Criminals
In a PIX 11 News piece about an effort to give some criminals, even murderers, parole, Pat Lynch makes the point that District Attorneys have a responsibility to advocate for crime victims and not convicted criminals.
May 15, 2019
Day 2 of the Pantaleo Trial
After the second day of disciplinary hearings in the Garner case, PBA President Pat Lynch vows that the PBA will present as a witness the sergeant who trained P.O. Pantaleo in the “seatbelt takedown” maneuver, rebutting earlier testimony that the officer was not trained in that legal takedown. “If you want to know whether a police officer was trained in a certain technique,” said Lynch, “you should talk to the person who actually trained him.” Stories appeared in the Daily News, Post, Chief-Leader, Staten Island Advance, Albany Times Union , Reuters, and the Gothamist. They aired on Fox 5 News, ABC 7 News, then again on Fox 5.
May 13, 2019
Pantaleo Departmental Trial Begins
PBA President Pat Lynch appears in WCBS–TV News curtain-raiser before beginning of the trial of Daniel Pantaleo.
May 11, 2019
Judge Asks For Proof of a Crime
The Daily News, Staten Island Advance, and WINS radio report on an NYPD judge’s ruling that raises the bar for CCRB’s prosecution of P.O. Daniel Pantaleo, requiring proof that Pantaleo committed a crime rather than a Patrol Guide violation.
May 5, 2019
Lynch Responds to Commissioner
In a letter in the NY Post, Pat Lynch responds to Police Commissioner O’Neill’s op-ed column on Civil Rights Law Section 50-a by noting that attempting to appease anti-police activists will only expose cops to more harassment and threats.
May 1, 2019
PBA Challenge to CCRB
The PBA’s court challenge to the authority of the CCRB to prosecute the NYPD’s disciplinary case against Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the Eric Garner case was broadcast on WINS Radio, NBC 4 News and PIX 11 News, and covered in the NY Post.
April 26, 2019
Chief Reports on Special Delivery
The Chief Leader reports the massive PBA event in Albany in which over 400 MOS and more than a dozen family members of the fallen delivered over 800,000 letters to Parole Board headquarters.
April 20, 2019
PO Vartanian Leaves Hospital
PO Justin Vartanian, who was shot in the armpit during a gunfight in which the perp was shot dead by police, leaves Columbia Presbyterian Hospital to the applause of dozens of colleagues. Pat Lynch addressed the media following the officer's release. Stories ran in the Daily News; Post and Newsday, and were broadcast on WOR Radio; CBS Radio; ABC Radio and NBC 4 News.
April 10, 2019
In Memory of PBA Afghanistan Veterans
On New York 1 News, following the combat death of FDNY Firefighter & Marine Reservist Christopher Slutman in Afghanistan, PBA Manhattan North Financial Secretary and Military Liaison Joe Strong discussed the service and sacrifices of the more than 1,000 NYPD MOS in active military service.
April 10, 2019
Lynch Argues Against Civil Rights law 50-a
Pat Lynch argues against the repeal of Civil Rights law 50-a in a New York Law Journal story about the movement to repeal the law.
April 8, 2019
Exempt Cops From Congestion Fees
In a Daily News op-ed, Pat Lynch calls for New York City police officers to be exempted from the proposed congestion pricing tolls in Lower Manhattan.
April 5, 2019
NYPD Chief Surgeon Says No Chokehold
In what some media call a “blockbuster” revelation, the NYPD Chief Surgeon indicates that PO Daniel Pantaleo did not employ a banned chokehold in the apprehension of Eric Garner. The report was revealed during a pre-trial motion meeting in the NYPD trial room. Stories were printed by the Daily News, NY Post, and the Gothamist. The story was also broadcast by: New York 1 News; CBS 2 News; Fox 5 News; PIX 11 News; WINS News, CBS 880 News, and WOR News.
April 2, 2019
Chief on Council Support Project
The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s efforts to inform its members and the community regarding which City Council members are supportive of a fair market wage for police officers and those who are not.
March 30, 2019
Lillo Brancato No Role Model
in the Hudson County View, PBA President Patrick J. Lynch says Lillo Brancato is not a role model for anyone.
March 26, 2019
Chief on Council Support and Decision on Linn
The Chief Leader reports on the 41 City Council members who joined hundreds of PBA members in support of a fair market rate of pay and the court decision in Albany that challenged Bob Linn as the city’s arbitration rep.
March 26, 2019
Which Council Members Support MOS?
The PBA will distribute posters to every precinct, transit district and housing PSA that will depict the City Council members who do, and do not, support a fair market wage for MOS. Stories appeared in: the Post; New York 1 News; WINS radio news and CBS radio news.
March 20, 2019
City Council Members Demand Fair Pay for Our Members
Nearly three dozen City Council members sign a letter to the Mayor demanding a market rate of pay for NYC Police Officers. The news conference supported by hundreds of PBA members announcing the letter was held on the steps of City Hall and covered by: NY 1 News; CBS News Radio 880, and 1010 WINS Radio. Read the letter signed by 37 Council members calling for a market wage for PBA members.
March 19, 2019
PBA Joins Council for Fair Pay
Nearly 300 PBA members and their families joined members of the New York City Council today on the steps of City Hall to demand a fair market rate of pay. See PBA-recorded video.
March 18, 2019
PBA to Hand Deliver Letters to Parole Board
Following the secret termination of a direct PBA to Parole Board link, Pat Lynch pledges that the union will hand deliver letters opposing the parole of cop killers directly to the Parole Board. Stories ran in: Daily News; NY Post and on CBS Radio.
March 13, 2019
PBA Wins Case to Protect Members
The Daily News and Post report on the PBA’s court victory to prevent the NYPD from releasing “de-identified” disciplinary summaries. Read Pat Lynch’s full statement here.
March 10, 2019
PBA Follows de Blasio to SC
New York 1 reports as de Blasio travels to South Carolina seeking the presidency, the NYCPBA’s message of “no friend of labor“ is right on his heels.
March 7, 2019
Lynch Demands Reconnection to Parole Board
In a Daily News story reporting the Parole Board’s secret shutdown of the computer link from the PBA’s “Keep Cop-Killers in Jail” website that generated letters of opposition to parole of cop-killers, Pat Lynch demands the immediate reconnection so that citizens’ opposition can be heard
March 7, 2019
Lynch Criticizes Legal Aid's Database
Lynch takes aim at the Legal Aid Society’s “bad cop database” which includes information about bogus lawsuits and false accusations made against MOS. Stories ran in the NY Times and the Daily News.
March 7, 2019
Questions About Body Cams
As the NYPD announces that all patrol are now equipped with body cams, some report on the PBA’s ongoing legal action and concerns about the ability of the department to randomly release what they choose. Stories ran in: Daily News; AMNY; Post; Wall Street Journal.
March 3, 2019
Street Renamed for PO Manny Vargas
The street outside the 49th Precinct was re-named in honor of Police Officer Manny Vargas, who died from a 9/11 related brain cancer. Pat Lynch asked all to remember that even now there are police officers at home struggling to breathe as a result of 9/11 exposure. The story ran on News 12 the Bronx and on News Radio 880.
February 28, 2019
PBA to Appeal BodyCam Ruling
PBA president Pat Lynch announces that the union will appeal the appellate court’s decision that body cam footage should be released. Stories appeared in: Daily News, NY Post and on News 12 Bronx. Read Lynch's entire remarks here.
February 27, 2019
Annual Memorial Service for PO Byrne
PBA president Pat Lynch, members of the PBA board and active and retired MOS attended the annual memorial service in memory of PO Edward Byrne. Byrne, who was 22 years old, was assassinated while posted in an RMP protecting the home of a witness in a drug case. Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters, Larry Byrne, the deceased officer brother also attended. Stories were broadcast on NBC 4 News, ABC Radio and New York 1 News. The Post also ran a story.
February 25, 2019
Lynch Speaks for 9/11 Survivors
Speaking on Capitol Hill alongside 9/11 responders and survivors, Congressional representatives and comedian and 9/11 activist Jon Stewart, Pat Lynch makes an impassioned case for the permanent reauthorization and funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
February 21, 2019
Detective Simonsen's Funeral
The funeral of Det. Brian Simonsen was reported in: Newsday, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily News and the Post. It also aired on: CBS 2 , ABC 7, PIX 11, NBC 4, Fox 5, News 12 Long Island, WMBC, New York 1, WOR, and WNYC.
February 21, 2019
Follow-Up Reports on Body Cam Decision
Follow up reports on the body cam court decision ran in Metro and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and aired on Fox 5 and ABC 7.
February 20, 2019
Det. Simonsen's Wake
While attending the wake for Det. Brian Simonsen, Pat Lynch asked the public to remember his family. Stories ran on: News 12 NJ; 770 AM radio; WOR Radio.
February 19, 2019
Chief on Various Topics
The Chief Leader reports on the tragic line of duty death of Det. Brian Simonsen. In a story regarding the City Council’s bills to repeal or revise section 50-A of the Civil Rights law, Pat Lynch strenuously objects noting “… the committee's action [is] reckless… designed to once again demonize police officers, seemingly for political gain.” In a story about the EMT union seeking parity with other uniformed unions, Labor Commissioner Bob Linn says that they are paid what private sector EMTs are paid. The story notes Lynch and the PBA are dissatisfied with police officers' pay.
February 19, 2019
Corey Johnson Apologizes
Reported in the Post, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson apologizes for an insensitive tweet when called out by the PBA.
February 18, 2019
Mourning Det. Simonsen
Pat Lynch attends a memorial for Det. Simonsen at which he states the blame lies entirely with the perps. See News 12, Long Island.
February 2, 2019
Lynch Slams Discipline Report
A panel appointed to review the NYPD's disciplinary system released a report calling for changes to the system and to section 50-A of the state's Civil Rights law. Pat Lynch slammed the report saying the panel and department has surrendered to anti-cop advocates and will make the city more dangerous. Read Lynch's complete comments here. Stories ran in the: NY Times; Daily News; Post; Newsday and on NBC 4 News; WINS Radio; CBS Radio, PIX 11 News; and New York 1.
February 1, 2019
Preliminary Hearing in Pantaleo Disciplinary Trial
New York 1, WCBS 880 Radio, Daily News, the Staten Island Advance and Newsday reported on a preliminary hearing in the disciplinary trial of P.O. Daniel Pantaleo, which Pat Lynch called "a trial that simply should not be happening." Read Lynch's full statement here.
January 30, 2019
PBA Protest in the Bronx
News 12 the Bronx and NBC 4 News aired stories about the PBA's protest for a fair contract outside of a de Blasio Town Hall meeting in the Bronx.
January 29, 2019
The Chief on Veve Decision
The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on the furious reaction to the light sentence handed down to the perp who tried to kill PO Dalsh Veve. reports
January 27, 2019
New Name for PBA
NY 1 News reports on the recent vote by the delegate body to change the name of the union.
January 17, 2019
Reports on the Death of PO Kessler
Reports of the tragic, fatal accident that took the life of PO Brian Kessler, PSA 8, appeared in Newsday Daily News, Post, Gothamist, and the Wall Street Journal. Several stories included the PBA’s message of condolences expressed by Pat Lynch. Read Lynch’s statement here.
January 15, 2019
Chief on Video, PBA Name Change
The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on PBA president’s defense of two officers who used necessary force to make a collar in Washington Heights. They also report on the delegate body’s overwhelming support of updating the name of the union to the “Police Benevolent Association.”
January 13, 2019
Lynch Continues to Defend Officers
Stories appeared in the Daily News, Post, CBS 2 News, and NBC 4 News, News Radio 880 and New York 1 in which PBA President Pat Lynch defends the actions taken by police officers in a leaked body cam video attempting to arrest two perps who were resisting and fighting officers in Washington Heights. See most recent PBA press release on the issue.
January 8, 2019
Oppose Cop-Shooter Release
In the Daily News, seriously wounded police officer and PBA continue to oppose release of cop shooter.
January 6, 2019
Parole Board Already Decided on Cop-Killer Decision
In the Daily News, PBA President hammers the parole board for pre-determining the outcome of a case before hearing all of the evidence.