Politico New York
4:57 p.m. | Jan. 14, 2016


Lynch: Salary increases for elected officials an ‘abomination’


Patrick J. Lynch

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

By GLORIA PAZMINO

The president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration and the City Council on Thursday for considering a recommendation that the city's elected officials be given pay raises.

In a statement, Patrick Lynch, whose union represents the New York Police Department's rank-and-file officers, said it was an "abomination" that the administration and Council would consider pay raises for themselves after police officers were only given 1 percent raises for each of the next two years during arbitration.

“A fifteen percent raise for the Mayor, 23% for Council members and a 37% raise for the speaker is an abomination and an insult to every police officer in this city who is expected to make do with two 1% raises,” Lynch said in the statement.

Last month, the Quadrennial Advisory Commission, a three-member independent panel convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September, recommended the salary increases for elected officials. The Council has not voted whether to accept the recommendations. De Blasio has said he will not accept a raise during his first term.

The commission is supposed to be appointed every four years. However, de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, did not appoint one in 2011. He did appoint a commission in 2006, which recommended pay raises for all city elected officials. That year, Council members voted to increase their base pay by 25 percent, to $112,500. That was the last time they received a raise.

In its recommendations, the commission said the Council should tie any raises to several reforms, including the elimination of outside income and chairmanship bonuses.

Lynch bristled at the recommendations pertaining to the Council, which does not participate in the collective bargaining process between the city and the PBA.

“The Council may have to give up lucrative side jobs, but many police officers are forced to work a second job just to feed their families," he said. "How dare they accept these unconscionable increases while underpaying the very men and women who put their lives on the line to protect them.”

The commission recommended the mayor receive a salary of $258,750, which would represents a $33,750 raise. Council members would receive a base pay of $138,315, an increase of $25,815. The speaker's salary would increase to $154,375 under the commission's recommendation.