Mayor de Blasio is devoted to ending income equality — but he can’t spare a dollar for the men and women in blue who put their life on line for the city, the head of the NYPD’s largest police union told commuters Thursday.
As he handed out fliers at the Times Square station asking for the public’s support in his push for competitive salaries and better working conditions, Patrick Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said rank and file officers desperately need a salary boost.
“Mayor de Blasio talks about income inequality, but he refuses to take care of it for his own police department,” Lynch said. “New York City police officers are the lowest paid police officers in the country. The more diverse we become, the less paid we are. And that’s just absolutely wrong.”
Standing amid bustling rush-hour morning commuters and tourists, Lynch said the city was in a perfect financial position to help out its cops.
Lynch calls for a “fair-minded professional” to head up the Civilian Complaint Review Board in the aftermath of Richard Emery’s resignation.
After going through arbitration last year, the PBA was only granted a 1% pay raise a year for time worked from April 2010 to April 2012 — a measly 36-cents-an-hour boost.
“(The Mayor) is saying one thing and doing another,” he said. “Start fixing your own backyard with the New York City police officers that serve this city.”
The union will be going back to the bargaining table with City Hall later this year.
Besides fair wages, Lynch is also hoping his officers get a fair shake with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, now that chair Richard Emery has stepped down.
“You need to put a fair-minded professional that will look at the evidence and rule on the evidence, nothing more and nothing less, so everyone can have faith in the system,” Lynch said about the now empty chairman spot. “What we can’t do [is] put in[to] a regulatory or an investigation spot an activist.”
Emery abruptly resigned from his post Wednesday — a day after he was sued for calling female co-workers “p—ies.”
Emery earlier came under fire when the Daily News revealed that his law firm had been representing clients who’d had their complaints substantiated by the CCRB.
He also landed in hot water in February after The News reported that he characterized criticism from police unions as “squealing like a stuck pig.”
De Blasio has yet to name Emery’s successor.