December 25, 2018
Responding to a complaint from a woman about being harassed by a group of intoxicated homeless men, a lone police officer fended them off using defensive tactics learned at the police academy. PBA President Pat Lynch commended the officer for his courage. Stories ran in: the Daily News; the Post; Hollywood Unlocked; WINS radio news, and ABC 7 TV News. See also PBA press release on failure to charge assailants.
December 25, 2018
This week's Chief Leader reports on: the issuance of the PBA's TV contract commercial called "hypocrisy"; Lynch's call for the max sentence for teen convicted for assaulting Det. Dalsh Veve; OATH Commissioner takes a leave for health reasons after verbally abusing a police officer at City Hall gates; an editorial calling for the max sentence in the Det. Veve case.
December 24, 2018
In the Daily News, Pat Lynch pushes back against advocates who seek to put police officers' lives and public safety at risk by repealing Civil Rights Law 50-a. Read Lynch's entire statement here.
December 22, 2018
Pat Lynch’s letter explaining that the VSF is a negotiated benefit bought and paid for by police officers that benefited the City to the tune of billions of dollars appeared in the Staten Island Advance.
December 18, 2018
Pat Lynch spoke to the media after the jury handed down the verdict for the perp who dragged Det. Dalsh Veve: not guilty of attempted murder, but guilty of first-degree assault. Lynch demands that the perp be given the maximum sentence for the assault charge. See coverage in the Daily News, Post, Newsday and Washington Times. Stories also appeared on NY1 News and CBS 2 News.
December 15, 2018
Pat Lynch is joined by PBA members as they deliver toys to children in Far Rockaway and Brownsville. Stories were broadcast on Fox 5 News and New York 1 News.
December 14, 2018
Pat Lynch’s op-ed in today’s Daily News sets the record straight on the NYS Civil Rights Law Section 50-A, the personnel records law that protects cops, firefighters and other public safety employees from being placed into the public domain.
December 13, 2018
PBA president Pat Lynch sets the record straight in the case where a woman with a child was arrested at an HRA office. Lynch informed the media that that NYPD officers had convinced the woman to leave and that as she departed, the HRA security grabbed her by the arm and put her on the ground creating a chaotic situation in which NYPD officers had to secure the baby. Stories ran in: Daily News and the Post. TV stories ran on PIX 11 News; New York 1 News and Fox 5 News. See also the PBA letter sent to the City Council.
December 13, 2018
The Daily News reported that Mayor de Blasio has not seen the video of OATH Commissioner Fidel del Valle cursing out police officers who did not recognize him as he attempted to enter City Hall. The PBA has renewed its call for del Valle’s firing.
December 12, 2018
The NY Times, Daily News and Post report on a ruling by the state's highest court rejecting the NYCLU's request for NYPD disciplinary records. The PBA filed a "friend of the court" brief to oppose the change and praised the court's decision to uphold "the core principles behind the law protecting the confidential personnel records of public safety professionals." Stories also aired on WNYC radio, New York 1, NBC 4 News, and News 12 Bronx.
December 11, 2018
The Daily News quotes Pat Lynch renewing the PBA’s call to fire the OATH commissioner for his disrespectful and threatening tirade against two MOS assigned to security at City Hall.
December 11, 2018
The Daily News reports on the PBA’s victory in fight to allow MOS on modified duty to earn overtime.
December 7, 2018
The Daily News reports Pat Lynch’s call for the firing of the Commissioner for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) for his disrespectful and abusive manner in which he berated and threatened a police officer at City Hall who did not recognize him and who asked for his ID. See also the PBA press release.
December 6, 2018
Pat Lynch states that the jury must ignore the “baby face” of the perp in this case and focus on the bad and criminal choices he made in his attempt to kill PO Dalsh Veve. Stories appeared in: Daily News, Post, New York 1 and PIX 11.
December 2, 2018
In a Daily News story, PBA president Pat Lynch argues against using the office of administrative trial hearings (OATH) to hear police disciplinary cases.
November 27, 2018
The Chief Leader reports the PBA’s concerns about lowering the level of contact required for body camera activation. Pat Lynch said: “Once again, the Court is leveraging its narrow authority over street stops and trespass enforcement to impose sweeping changes on the NYPD’s operations and daily management. This most recent order is completely unnecessary, because the Court and other police oversight entities have long since made their message to police officers clear: they want an end to proactive policing in New York City.”
November 20, 2018
The Chief Leader gives Pat Lynch’s assessment of the new State Troopers’ contract and the implications it has for NYC PBA members.
November 20, 2018
Lynch is quoted in the Chief Leader noting outrage over Manhattan Community Board 1’s decision to deny the co-naming of one Manhattan block in honor of PO James McNaughton, the first NYPD officer to be killed while on military service overseas in the war against terrorism.
November 16, 2018
In an op-ed piece for City Limits magazine, Pat Lynch confronts the reality of opposing visions of policing.
November 10, 2018
New York 1 TV news, WOR radio and ABC radio report Pat Lynch's criticism of expanded use of body cams for non-suspicious activity interactions with the public. Read Lynch's entire statement here.
November 6, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on efforts by the PBA and families of murdered police officers to keep cop killers in jail. The weekly also reports a ceremony honoring severely injured hero Police Officer Dalsh Veve who is still fighting to recover from injuries sustained when he was dragged by a stolen car as he confronted the driver. In a typically bizarre Chief opinion column that features a mixture of fact and fantasy, the Chief attempts to draw a parallel between Gov. Cuomo being goaded into debating his political rival, Marc Molinaro, and the PBA calling Mayor de Blasio “chicken” for avoiding PBA protesters. This opinion piece also regurgitates the City’s erroneous view of past contracts where the PBA successfully shattered parity with the FDNY and achieved contracts for police officers that exceed the city’s so-called pattern.
October 30, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on the families of murdered Police Officers Waverly Jones and Edward Byrne joining the PBA in opposing parole for cop-killers.
October 25, 2018
The NY Post, Politico and New York 1 News report the PBA’s massive turnout protesting the lack of a police contract as Mayor de Blasio — called “Back Door Bill” by PBA members for his attempt to avoid them by entering — arrives to conduct a Town Hall meeting in Far Rockaway. Watch the PBA-recorded video.
October 23, 2018
The Chief Leader reports and editorializes on the efforts of the families of assassinated police officers and the PBA to keep cold-blooded cop killers in prison noting that John Lennon’s murderer was denied parole while cop-killers have been released.
October 20, 2018
Fox 5, PIX 11, ABC 7, and WINS Radio report Pat Lynch voicing the PBA‘s objection to the unnecessary “right to know" law that will discourage proactive policing and make the city more dangerous.
October 9, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on the call by the PBA to fix a broken parole system.
October 6, 2018
WINS Radio reports that as the families of murdered police officers Anthony Abruzzo and Sean McDonald deliver their victims impact statements, PBA President Pat Lynch calls for tougher parole policies saying cop killers should never be paroled.
October 5, 2018
The NY Post and WOR Radio report Pat Lynch’s push for tougher parole guidelines while families plead to have cop killers kept in jail. Read the PBA press release.
October 2, 2018
The Daily News reports on Pat Lynch’s call for changes to the parole system that frees cop-killers before a NYS Senate hearing in Albany. Read or watch Lynch's full testimony.
September 29, 2018
Media outlets in NYC and Texas report on the PBA’s pop-up protest outside Mayor de Blasio’s appearance at a festival in Austin. Members of the Austin Police Association — which is also locked in a contract battle with its city — and the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) also joined to show their solidarity. Stories appeared in the Texas Tribune, on Fox 7 and KLBJ radio in Austin and on Fox 5 and NBC 4 in NYC.
September 18, 2018
The Chief Leader reports the selection of the chairman for the binding arbitration in the salary dispute between the City and the PBA.
September 11, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on the naming of Pattie and Conor McDonald as the union’s “Persons of the Year” at the PBA’s 124th Annual Convention.
September 4, 2018
A story regarding Pat Lynch’s letter to the DNC warning them about de Blasio’s lack of support for labor ran in this week’s Chief Leader.
August 27, 2018
The Daily News reports on the PBA's letter to all members of the Democratic National Committee, warning them to take a hard look at Mayor de Blasio's record of hypocrisy before considering him for a leadership role. Read the full letter here.
August 22, 2018
The NY Post editorializes on the recent videos of civilians abusing police officers, noting that the hostile environment is the product of laws signed by Mayor de Blasio that "that aim to handcuff cops and second-guess their actions."
August 17, 2018
News 12 Bronx reports on the PBA's new digital ad campaign criticizing the Mayor de Blasio for traveling around the country pretending to be a "progressive hero." See the ad here.
August 14, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on the PBA/Widows efforts to change parole guidelines to keep cop-killers in jail and on the PBA’s endorsements in the upcoming primary election.
August 13, 2018
PBA president Pat Lynch blames elected officials for “demonizing police officers and decriminalizing abhorrent behavior They have eroded respect for the uniform and the shield with their constant false narrative about police brutality and this is the result.” Stories ran in the Daily News; NY Post and in the Daily Mail a newspaper in the UK, and sister publication of the NY Post, that reaches 35 million readers a day.
August 7, 2018
The Chief Leader reports that there were hundreds of delegates on the steps of City Hall calling for fair pay.
August 3, 2018
The Daily News and New Orleans's Times-Picayune reports on the PBA targeting the New Orleans political conference attended by Mayor de Blasio this weekend with a newspaper ad, billboard truck and Twitter messages demanding that the Mayor wake up, do his job and stop stalling the PBA's contract process. See the full ad here.
July 23, 2018
Article in the Chief.
July 20, 2018
Following a release by the Justice Department, the NYPD has decided to proceed with disciplinary hearings in the Garner case. Stories ran in: NY Times, Newsday, Staten Island Advance, CNN, Reuters and WRAL. Locally, radio and TV that aired the story are: New York 1, WPIX, Fox 5 News, CBS 2 News and WCBS-AM Radio.
July 10, 2018
The Chief Leader reports that an Appeals Court has granted an injunction preventing the NYPD from releasing body cam footage until the case is decided.
June 23, 2018
In follow up stories in the News and Post about another cop-killer being paroled, PBA president Pat Lynch questions the board’s consideration of the murderer’s crimes.
June 22, 2018
In stories about the NYPD's announcement of a new disciplinary review panel appearing in the Daily News, AM New York and Buzz Feed, Pat Lynch questions the need for yet another layer of oversight. Read the full statement here.
June 22, 2018
The Post reports on the impending release of cop-killer Robert Hayes, a Black Liberation Army member who killed Transit P.O. Sidney Thompson in 1973 after being stopped for turnstile jumping. Read Pat Lynch's full statement calling for action to fix the broken parole system.
June 22, 2018
The Daily News reports on the NYPD's denial of a request to release body-cam footage for use in a civil lawsuit, citing the judge's order in the PBA's lawsuit over the issue.
June 20, 2018
The Daily News reports that the court has denied the City’s request for dismissal allowing the PBA’s lawsuit to prevent the release of disciplinary records to go forth. See Lynch’s entire statement here.
June 19, 2018
As the PC announces his unadulterated support for more de Blasio Vision Zero speed cameras, PBA president Pat Lynch calls for the money to be used to hire more police officers noting that speed cameras can’t take a drunk, unlicensed or uninsured motorist off the road. See reports in the Daily News, AM New York, Post, and on News 12 Bronx and CBS Radio. Read Lynch’s entire statement of June 18 here.
June 18, 2018
A letter labeled “Pension Pushback” by the Daily News from PBA president Pat Lynch and UGA president Gerald Fitzgerald pointing out inaccuracies in a recent op-ed column ran today in the letters to the editor space.
June 12, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s Finest of the Finest award ceremony.
June 11, 2018
Pat Lynch and police widow Diane Piagentini discuss the release and potential release of those incarcerated for murdering police officers in the Wall Street Journal.
June 6, 2018
The Daily News reported on a rally by a group that supports “geriatric parole” whose motto is “if the risk is low, let them go” regarding criminals seeking parole. The group defines “geriatric prisoners” as those over 55 years of age and accuses the PBA of “intimidating” parole board members who decide these cases.
June 6, 2018
The PBA got some positive indications from a judge in its effort to prevent the NYPD and City from releasing “de-identified” records of police officer’s disciplinary cases. The judge indicated that it is likely that he will let the PBA’s case proceed despite the City’s motion to dismiss and he continued the TRO that prevents the NYPD from releasing those records until his final decision is made in a few weeks. Stories were reported by the Daily News and Buzz Feed.
May 29, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on police pay and on the disparate positions of the PBA and City (article). They also report that the Piagentini and Jones families along with the PBA oppose the parole release of cop-killer Anthony Bottom (article).
May 22, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s victory in reversing a low court decision and obtaining a TRO preventing the department from releasing body camera video until a full five-judge Appellate panel decides the case.
May 18, 2018
The NY Post quotes Lynch in an editorial about cop-killers being released on parole.
May 18, 2018
Pat Lynch’s Letter to the Editor informed the Daily News that their editorial about the PBA’s issues with the release of body cam footage was wrong.
May 9, 2018
In a NY Post story about the NYPD's distribution of the new business cards required by the "Right to Know Act," Pat Lynch slams the Department for going beyond even the legislation's misguided mandates. Read full statement here.
May 8, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on the PBA’s criticism of the NY Bar Association for letting members involved in litigation of the 50A lawsuit use the Bar Association as a political tool.
May 4, 2018
The Post and Daily News report on a trial court judge's ruling dismissing the PBA's lawsuit over the NYPD's arbitrary and illegal release of body-worn camera footage. Pat Lynch panned the ruling for leaving police officers "as perhaps the only group with no remedy for a violation of their legal rights" and said the PBA will file an emergency appeal with the Appellate Division. See full statement here.
April 28, 2018
On the day triple-cop-killer Herman Bell was scheduled to be released from prison, the PBA held a news conference with State Senator Marty Golden to demand that the Governor and Legislature take action to fix the broken, unaccountable parole board system. Watch full PBA-recorded video of the press conference. Reports on Bell's release appeared in the NY Post, Daily News, Newsday, the NY Times and on New York 1, ABC 7 News, NBC 4 News, Fox 5 News, CBS 2 News, PIX 11 News, News 10 Albany, WABC Radio, WCBS Radio and WINS Radio.
April 22, 2018
PC James O’Neill sends a scathing letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the parole board decision to release cop killer Herman Bell. Story was reported in the Daily News.
April 21, 2018
A State Supreme Court judge rules that police widow, Diane Piagentini, does not have standing to challenge a Parole Board decision and that the board did not act irrationally or outside of its guidelines. The PBA said it will appeal the decision. Stories ran in: the Post and Daily News. It was also covered by News 12 Bronx, New York 1, NBC 4 News, ABC 7 News, and CBS 880 radio.
April 20, 2018
In a story about Gov. Cuomo’s executive order granting parolees the right to vote, WINS radio quotes Pat Lynch saying that Cuomo should be more concerned about the parole board that released three-time cop-killer Herman Bell. WIBX Utica radio reports that Gov. Cuomo said that if he had been on the parole board, he would not have voted for the release of Herman Bell.
April 19, 2018
The Daily News reports that PBA president Pat Lynch sent letters to all of the major labor unions in the City asking them to boycott de Blasio events. Lynch noted that, while de Blasio portrays himself as a friend of labor, he acts more like the corporate donors who support him in his treatment of NYC workers — in particular NYC police officers — by refusing to pay a market rate of pay.
April 19, 2018
CBS news radio 880, reporting from the NYPD graduation ceremony at MSG, speaks with PC O’Neill who reiterates that cop-killers should never be released from jail.
April 19, 2018
News 12 Bronx reports on Gov. Cuomo’s order to grant parolees the right to vote. Pat Lynch said that Cuomo should be focusing on the failure of his parole board which sets three-time cop-killers free.
April 18, 2018
The NY Post editorializes on New Yorkers' calls for Herman Bell to remain incarcerated citing the 367,000 letters to the parole board generated by the PBA’s most recent radio commercial. Diane Piagentini was interviewed on AM 970 Radio’s Joe Piscopo Morning show and NY 1, NBC 4 and CBS 880 reported that Bell should have been released on 4-17 but would remain behind bars until the lawsuit is settled. Two of those reports also mention PC James O’Neill’s tweet opposing parole for Bell.
April 17, 2018
On the day that would have been Herman Bell’s first day out of prison, the Daily News, Post and Newsday report on the efforts by the Piagentini family and the PBA to keep Bell incarcerated. Stories also ran on ABC 7 News and New York 1 News.
April 16, 2018
New York 1 News reports that the judge will begin considering evidence in the Bell parole challenge by the PBA on behalf of Mrs. Diane Piagentini and that the state Attorney General is arguing that the widow has no legal standing in the case. Read the PBA's press release here.
April 16, 2018
The NY Post editorializes on the horrible appointments made by the Gov. to the parole board while the Daily News reports former PC Ray Kelly saying the release of Herman Bell “defies logic.”
April 13, 2018
Police widow Diane Piagentini and PBA President Pat Lynch attended the hearing in Albany regarding a suit that Mrs. Piagentini filed through the PBA against the New York state parole board for releasing three-time cold-blooded cop-killer Herman Bell. The judge reserved decision, but ordered that the inmate be held in prison until the outcome of this suit and any subsequent suits. Stories appeared in the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and AM New York, and on WRGB Albany news, CBS 2 news, Fox 5 news, ABC 7 news, and New York 1 news.
April 13, 2018
See PBA-recorded video of Pat Lynch and Diane Piagentini, widow of slain NYC P.O. Joseph Piagentini, speaking to the media in Albany before a court hearing in the fight to overturn the parole of P.O. Piagentini’s murderer, triple-cop killer Herman Bell.
April 11, 2018
The Chief Leader reports on: the PBA’s lawsuit on behalf of police widow, Mrs. Diane Piagentini, to keep cold-blooded cop-killer, Herman Bell, in jail. It also reports on the PBA’s hiring of master negotiator Kenneth Feinberg as the PBA’s panelist on the PERB arbitration board. The Chief Leader also editorializes that it is wrong to blame police for the failure of society to care for the mentally ill.
April 11, 2018
In a Post story about a Parole Board commissioner who lobbied a former chairman to write a letter supporting parole for the man she married in jail, Pat Lynch notes that this is typical of the “misguided, unreasonable people” who sit on parole boards.
April 7, 2018
The New York Post reports on the mental health crisis in New York City and Pat Lynch weighs in on how it affects police officers.
April 5, 2018
PBA brings in master negotiator as panel representative on expected PERB board that will decide the terms of the next police officer’s contract. The story was reported in the NY Daily News and on 1010 WINS.
April 3, 2018
The Chief Leader reports: that the PBA has applied for binding arbitration in the contract dispute with the City; the PBA accuses the Parole Board of disregarding the law in the release of three-time cop-killer Herman Bell; reports that the PBA is suing the CCRB for overstepping their authority in granting itself powers to investigate not include in FADO.
April 2, 2018
The PBA continues to press for a new parole board hearing for cop killer Herman Bell noting that the board admitted to the Daily News that they didn’t review sentencing minutes until after the decision was made. The law, which the board is ignoring, requires a rescission of the parole date and that a new panel rehear the case. Stories appeared in the Daily News: NYPD Confidential and aired on New York 1 and Fox 5 News. Read the entire press release here.
April 2, 2018
WLNY did a story about Nassau and Suffolk police overtime in which a woman says her son is an NYPD Sgt. and is paid far less than there.
March 29, 2018
The PBA’s claim that the Parole Board violated the law by failing to consider the judge’s sentencing minutes in the Herman Bell case was reported in the Daily News and on NBC 4 News. Read the PBA’s press release here.
March 28, 2018
The NYPD plans to post “de-identified” results of disciplinary proceedings on a website. PBA president Pat Lynch strenuously objects and stories appeared in the NY Daily News and NY Post. Read Lynch’s full letter to the Police Commissioner here.
March 27, 2018
This week’s Chief Leader had articles on the PBA suing the CCRB for exceeding its authority in several areas; the PBA’s attempts to keep cop-killer Herman Bell in prison after a parole board decision to release him; the PBA’s concerns that the appointment of one of the Mayor’s former top aides will further politicize the NYPD. In a letter to the Chief, Pat Lynch commends the members of the City Council who supported the need to pay NYC police officers a market rate of pay.
March 27, 2018
The NY Post ran an editorial praising de Blasio for writing to the State Parole Board in strong opposition of the parole for three-time cop-killer Herman Bell.
March 20, 2018
A story about the siblings of assassinated PO Waverly Jones being outraged that his son backed parole for Bell ran in the Daily News. Anger over the parole of a cop killer was posted on One News Now and the Chief posted a report and an editorial.
March 20, 2018
Pat Lynch slammed the appointment of the Mayor’s former campaign manager to the post of Deputy Commissioner for Public Information at the NYPD saying police info will now be viewed through a political prism. Stories ran on New York 1 and in the Post and Daily News. See the PBA press release.
March 16, 2018
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
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, Officer.com, 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
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
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
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
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
PIX 11 news reports on the record number of police officers registered to attend the PBA‘s pension seminar.
February 16, 2018
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
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 1, 2018
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 18, 2018
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 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.