June 30, 2020
Pat Lynch Slams Mayor and Council for Billion-$ NYPD Budget Slash
"We will say it again: The mayor and the City Council have surrendered the city to lawlessness,” said Lynch. “Things won't improve until New Yorkers hold them responsible." See Fox 5 News, ABC 7 News, PIX 11 News, New York 1, 1010 WINS Radio, NY Post, AM New York, UPI, Times Union.
June 29, 2020
Mayhem in Harlem
Commenting on bottles and trash being thrown at police responding to shots fired, Pat Lynch says "This is what a 'light touch' looks like." See New York 1, Daily News, CNN and WLNY, and Pat Lynch's tweet.
June 29, 2020
Pat Lynch Says Failures of Other Agencies Forces Other Duties on NYPD Officers
In a page-one article in the NY Times, Pat Lynch is quoted, “If they want to shift responsibilities reasonably, do it. ... But where are you going to put it? Who’s going to do it? When you fail, who are you going to ask to step up? I got the answer. They’re going to come back and give it to the P.D.”
June 26, 2020
Pat Lynch Criticizes NYPD Decision to Eliminate Anti-Crime Units
In an article in the Staten Island Advance about the NYPD decision to eliminate Anti-Crime Units, Lynch said: “I don’t want the neighborhood that I worked in, that I brought back, that we brought back — I don’t want it to slide back.”
June 21, 2020
Pat Lynch Editorial in Daily News
In a two-page opinion piece in today's edition of the NY Daily News, Pat Lynch has a message for labor: Police officers' rights are workers' rights, and the attack on police unions is an attack on every union.
June 18, 2020
Pat Lynch Criticizes Mayor’s and City Council’s Proposals to “Reform” Internal Police Probes
“It allows employers to release whatever they want, whenever and however they want,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. His remarks are covered in the Daily News, NBC New York and on PIX 11 News.
June 13, 2020
Lynch Responds to Anti-Police Laws
As Gov. Cuomo signs anti-police bills into law, Pat Lynch says on Fox 5 News and ABC 7 News that elected officials ‘have no business celebrating today.’
June 12, 2020
Pat Lynch Editorial in Crain's
In an op-ed in Crain's New York Business, Pat Lynch says reject the rhetoric that demonizes police.
June 3, 2020
Lynch Slams Officials for Lack of Support
After another long night of rioting in which multiple police officers were injured, Pat Lynch spoke to numerous media outlets to slam elected leaders for their failure to support New York City police officers, especially Governor Cuomo who accused them of “not doing their job.” Stories appeared on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business show, CBS 2 News (5pm and 6pm), NBC 4 News (5 pm and 11 pm), Fox 5 News, PIX 11 News, NY1 News, CBS 880 radio and 1010 WINS radio (6/2 and 6/3).
May 31, 2020
Cuomo Backs Records Disclosure
The PBA blasts Governor Cuomo for supporting changes to the state law that protect police officers personnel records from public disclosure. Stories appeared in the Daily News, NY Post and WCBS 880 Radio.
May 31, 2020
RMP Firebombers Arrested
Pat Lynch says that two women arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail into an occupied RMP are “terrorists” who should not be allowed to hide under the label of protester. Stories appeared in NY Post and the Daily News.
May 31, 2020
The Daily News and WCBS 880 Radio report on the PBA’s safety guidance to members regarding the suspension of solo patrols and the right to wear helmets during demonstrations.
May 31, 2020
Failed Leadership Creates Chaos
NBC 4 News, the Daily News and Newsday cover Pat Lynch blasting NYC elected officials for their “failed leadership” that has contributed to the chaos and violence against police officers.
May 28, 2020
PBA Salutes MTA Transit Workers
The media covers the PBA’s salute to the MTA transit workers who serve alongside us on the front lines of every crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports appeared in AM New York and on New York 1 News, NBC 4 News and CBS 2 News.
May 28, 2020
PBA Distributes Hand Sanitizer in Bronx
NY1 News covers PBA board officers and members distributing hand sanitizer to their fellow essential workers at the Parkchester subway station in the Bronx.
May 25, 2020
Honoring PBA and Donato Panico
Fox 5 News leads its “NY At Our Best” tribute to local heroes with a segment on Donato Panico and his work to help the PBA feed hospital workers during the pandemic.
May 20, 2020
PBA Distributes Hand Sanitizer in Queens
On ABC 7 News and New York 1, dozens of PBA members turned out to show solidarity with their fellow essential workers by distributing hand sanitizer during the morning rush today at the Sutphin/Archer subway station and LIRR’s Jamaica Station in Queens. See also press release and PBA-recorded video.
May 18, 2020
Lynch Calls Out Uncaring NY Politicians
In Empire Report, Pat Lynch writes an op-ed calling out New York's elected officials for "not giving a rat's ass" for cops.
May 17, 2020
Lynch on Social Distancing Policy
In a NY Post story about the number of New Yorkers failing to socially distance, Pat Lynch reiterates that “any policy that continues to deploy police officers to enforce social distancing is not only bound to fail, it is putting cops in dangerous situations with no support.” A second story in the Post covers details of the new policy.
May 14, 2020
City Council Calls for Slashed NYPD OT
The Daily News reports on a City Council proposal to slash the NYPD’s OT budget, a plan that Pat Lynch calls “insanely reckless.”
May 13, 2020
DAs Won’t Prosecute Social Distancing
With 4 out of 5 NYC DAs saying they won’t prosecute “social distancing” arrests, Pat Lynch reiterates the PBA’s call for an end of social distancing enforcement by police officers, saying “we’re not just wasting our time — we’re unnecessarily jeopardizing our health and careers.” Stories appeared in the Daily Mail and NY Post.
May 7, 2020
Media Reports on Threatened Cuts
After Mayor de Blasio suggested the city may need to furlough or lay off employees to save money, Pat Lynch said that cutting police officers would lead to “chaos instead of a recovery.” Stories appeared in the NY Post, Fox 5 News online and the Daily News. Read the full statement here.
April 27, 2020
'Unruly Person' Incidents Increase
Patrick Lynch, president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, said police officers are “ending up in too many dangerous situations with unstable people. ... New York’s political class chose to gut our mental health system,” Lynch told The City. “They chose to open a revolving door for dangerous repeat offenders. Now that we’re in the middle of a crisis, those failures are magnified.”
April 26, 2020
Lynch on Challenges of COVID-19
LISTEN - Pat Lynch talks to Q104.3’s Shelli Sonstein about the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for priority testing for police officers and the need for the city’s elected leaders to start preparing now for the next crisis: “This time, the promise we will not forget has to be real.”
April 17, 2020
Lynch Calls for 'Seismic Change' in City Political Culture
In an op-ed column in the Daily News, Pat Lynch calls for a “seismic change” in New York’s political culture after the city failed once again to plan to protect police officers during a crisis.
April 15, 2020
PBA Salutes Medical Workers at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx
TV and radio stations covered the PBA’s salute to the medical workers at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, where the union delivered hundreds of sandwiches and other food to hospital staff. Stories appeared on PIX 11 News, CBS 2 News, NY1 News, News 12 Bronx and CBS 880 radio.
April 13, 2020
Cop-Killer to be Released
The media reports on the state parole board’s decision to free another cop-killer. The PBA slammed the decision and demanded answers from the Parole Board on whether the COVID-19 pandemic played a role in the decision. Read the press release. Stories appeared in the NY Post, NY Daily News, and 1010 WINS.
April 4, 2020
PBA Delivers Food to Hospital Staff
Dozens of PBA members turned out at Jamaica Hospital to cheer for and deliver food to the nurses, doctors and hospital staff who are with us on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to the media, Pat Lynch once again demanded adequate supplies of protective equipment for cops on the street. Stories appeared in the Daily News, Staten Island Advance, NY Post, ABC 7 News (noon and afternoon), Fox 5 News, New York 1 News, and CBS 2 News.
April 3, 2020
Push to Release Violent Offenders
The Daily News reports that Bronx public defenders want a judge to release violent suspects over coronavirus fears. PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said: “The pro-criminal advocates are exploiting this pandemic to push their agenda to insane extremes. Anybody who pulls a gun on police officers has no business being put back on the street. Our city is in crisis and police officers have enough to worry about without running into the same vicious criminals we locked up months ago.”
March 14, 2020
PBA Files Complaint Over Lack of COVID-19 Supplies
The Daily News, NY Post, Associated Press, NY Times, News 12 Brooklyn and WCBS radio report on the PBA’s complaint filed with state health and safety regulators over the NYPD’s failure to equip cops with adequate protective supplies — including masks, gloves, sanitizers and cleaning supplies — to protect against the COVID-19 virus. A follow-up story in the Post noted that hand sanitizers delivered to commands following the PBA’s complaint were expired or half-empty.
February 28, 2020
Cop-Killer 'Celebration' Outrage
The Post and NBC 4 News report on a disgusting “celebration” that was to be held at a New York Public Library branch for deceased cop-killer Robert Hayes, a BLA member who murdered Transit P.O. Sidney Thompson in 1973. After outcry from the PBA and P.O. Thompson’s family, an updated Post story reports that the library won’t host the event. See Pat Lynch’s full statement here.
February 15, 2020
Cop-Shooter Indictment and New Threats
The PBA was back in court for the reading of the indictment against the Bronx cop-shooter, where Pat Lynch advised all MOS to remain alert in light of new threats and called on the public to help. Stories appeared in the Daily News, the Post, Newsday, ABC 7 News, and on NY1 News, CBS 2 News, NBC 4 News, FOX 5 News (early and late), PIX 11 News, 1010 WINS Radio and CBS 880 Radio. Watch full video of the PBA press conference here.
February 13, 2020
Daily News Op-Ed by Pat Lynch
The Daily News published an op-ed column by Pat Lynch saying now is the time for politicians to stand with New York City cops.
February 12, 2020
Pat Lynch Fox News Op-Ed
In an op-ed column for Fox News, Pat Lynch addresses the dangers facing New York City police officers, noting that time is running out for our elected officials to reverse course and end their anti-police rhetoric.
February 11, 2020
Would-Be Cop-Killer Arraigned
Media coverage of the would-be Bronx cop-killer's arraignment on numerous counts of attempted murder and other charges, after which Pat Lynch vowed that cops would follow the case through to the end to ensure that the shooter spends the rest of his life behind bars. Stories appeared on CBS 2 News, NBC 4 News, Fox 5 News, ABC 7 News, PIX 11 News and WABC Radio.
February 10, 2020
Two Targeted Attacks on Cops in Bronx
Extensive media coverage of two assassination attempts on police officers in the Bronx less than 12 hours apart: ABC 7 News had live coverage of Pat Lynch’s remarks at the hospital Saturday night following the first shooting. The next day, the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Fox 5 News, UPI, CBS 2 News, WPIX 11 News and 1010 WINS News covered Pat Lynch’s news conference following the second shooting, in which he put the blame squarely on elected officials who have fostered hatred and violence toward police officers.
February 9, 2020
Pat Lynch on Second Targeted Shooting in 12 Hours
Pat Lynch speaks to the media outside Lincoln Hospital following the shooting of two MOS within 12 hours in the Bronx. Lynch warns once again that elected leaders’ anti-cop rhetoric is encouraging hatred and violence against police officers.
February 5, 2020
Pat Lynch: Crime Stats Show Public Safety Emergency
Pat Lynch called out Mayor de Blasio for the increasing crime in New York City, saying “The double-digit increases in shootings, robberies, burglary and thefts aren’t the product of any single law or policy. They are the result of failed leadership and a political culture that denigrates and devalues the work police officers do.” His comments were picked up by the NY Post, NY Daily News, ABC 7 News, Staten Island Advance, Telemundo 47, CBS 2 News, WINS Radio, and New York 1. Read the full press release here.
February 4, 2020
State Lawmakers Call on De Blasio to Raise NYPD Pay
President Patrick J. Lynch is quoted in a NY Daily News article and News 12 Bronx about 43 state lawmakers signing on to a letter by Sen. Andrew Gounardes and AM Peter Abbate that urges Mayor de Blasio to give PBA members a fair market wage. See Senate letter here, and see Assembly letter here.
January 29, 2020
PBA Sues to Reverse CCRB Power Grab
The Daily News, the Post, NY1 News and WNYC radio report on the PBA’s lawsuit to reverse the CCRB power-grab ballot measure, which was passed in November. The suit argues that, because the provision increasing the CCRB’s budget violates state law, the entire package must be scrapped. Read the full release and lawsuit here.
January 23, 2020
MTA Poaching NYPD Police Officers
In stories by the Wall Street Journal and NY Post, Pat Lynch slams Mayor de Blasio for not paying PBA Members a fair market wage as hundreds of NYPD officers leave for the MTA PD.
January 21, 2020
Lynch on de Blasio’s “Subway Diversion” Program: Don't Blame Cops
In Post and Daily News stories about the NYPD's "subway diversion" program to address homelessness, Pat Lynch says that cops are being used as "a Band-Aid to cover up another of Mayor de Blasio's failures." Read his full comments here.
January 18, 2020
Outrage Over Parole Hearings
The NY Post reports on the outrage over the parole hearings for the killers of P.O. Harry Ryman and P.O. Anthony Abruzzo, which were granted to ahead of the normal two-year schedule.
January 17, 2020
Serial Burglar Released Again and Again
In a Daily News story about a serial burglar who has been released without bail time and time again, Pat Lynch draws the connection between Mayor de Blasio’s anti-cop campaign in 2013 and the current bail law disaster. Read Lynch’s full comments here.
January 17, 2020
Pat Lynch on New Bail Law Disaster
In a CNN op-ed, James Gagliano quotes Pat Lynch on the disaster that is the NY State bail reform. See full press release.
January 8, 2020
Lynch Defends Privacy of Members' Records
In a Daily News article, Lynch explains why repealing Civil Rights Law Section 50-A, as some activists are proposing, is a very bad idea.