In an incredible show of union solidarity, Patrick J. Lynch has been re-elected to a fifth term by a margin of 70% and is now the longest-serving PBA president in modern times.
PBA president Lynch said:
"We are extremely gratified that our members have recognized the hard work and successes that Team Lynch has achieved on their behalf. A single tenet has and will continue to guide us as we look to the future: do what’s in the best interest our members. These results give our team a mandate to continue that work. Serving as a New York City police officer is a noble profession and we are honored and privileged to represent these courageous men and women."
The PBA traces its roots to 1894 when it was formed as an organization to provide decent burials for Metropolitan Police Officers who died from an epidemic of influenza or in the line of duty. The PBA gained the bargaining certificate in 1963 (defining the modern era) granting them the right to negotiate contracts and ensure the rights of the City's police officers.
When he was first elected as PBA President in 1999, Lynch was the youngest person to hold that office.
Members of the union's executive board are elected to four-year terms.