Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Police Union Seeks Role in City Council Elections

By Mara Gay

For nearly four years, the country’s largest police union has looked on at the New York City Council and often fumed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rocky relationship with the police has drawn more attention. But in the eyes of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the City Council has been a problem as well, with lawmakers taking up several high-profile bills in recent years scrutinizing officers and the work they do.

Now, with most of the 51 lawmakers up for re-election this year, the police union is seizing on a chance to do something about it.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, or PBA, plans to play big in this year’s City Council races, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on campaign ads in the hopes of reshaping the council to make it friendlier to its 24,000 police officers and some 25,000 retirees.

“We need to have a city council that will speak up, defend New York City police officers, and dig into the issues so that they understand them,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a phone interview. “We also need them to stand up to the [de Blasio] administration and speak up on behalf of police officers as allies.”

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Source: The Wall Street Journal (via The Empire Report) 

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