With applause and sirens blaring on their police vehicles, today police officers assigned to the NYPD Transit Bureau gave a rousing display of front-line solidarity with MTA transit workers by delivering a truckload of freshly made hero sandwiches and other food to NYC Transit headquarters in downtown Brooklyn.
SEE VIDEO HERE. (Remarks by Pat Lynch & Tony Utano at 01:32).
PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said:
“The transit system is the beating heart of New York City, and transit workers and police officers have worked together to keep that heart pumping through every disaster and crisis. Today, we’re sending a message to all New Yorkers that our city will survive and thrive again because cops and transit workers are united on the front lines. Our transit sisters and brothers don’t just deserve protection and respect – they deserved to be recognized as the heroes they are.”
TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said:
There would be no fight against COVID-19 without transit workers providing bus and subway service so our essential workers could get to their jobs at hospitals, nursing homes, supermarkets and many other locations. But we haven’t been out there alone. Just like us, police officers represented by the Police Benevolent Association, have been in the streets and in the subway. Staying home just wasn’t an option. Just like us, the police have an employer that failed to provide them with adequate PPE in the early weeks of this crisis. Both transit workers and police officers have seen far too many co-workers get sick and die. So we very much appreciate their support here today. On behalf of the more than 40,000 men and women of TWU Local 100, I want to personally thank the PBA for holding this event and recognizing our members.”
The long-time police supporters at Antun’s in Queens Village helped prepare nearly 1,000 sandwiches for the MTA personnel. Over the past month, the PBA has delivered nearly 5,000 sandwiches and hundreds of cases of fresh fruit and water to front line heroes across New York City.