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John Nuthall


October 31, 2014

Lynch slams Mayor on disability benefits

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:

“This Mayor has no qualms about spending our tax dollars on high priced staff and public relations people for his wife or tens of millions of dollars to settle baseless lawsuits without so much as a day in court.   But when it comes to supporting disabled police officers he says the city can’t afford it.  That speaks volumes about his priorities.   But when injured police officers leave the emergency room their struggle is not over.  Our elected officials rightfully praise their courage and actions but don’t show the same personal courage to correct this wrong.  The simple fact is that if a police officer hired since 2009 is permanently injured in the line of duty, he or she will not be able to work or support themselves on the grossly inadequate pension provided under Tier 3 and that must be corrected.  This is not a financial issue, it is a very clear issue of right and wrong and failing to correct this inequity for officers in Tier 3 is morally wrong.”

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