NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A slate of challengers is working to unseat longtime New York police union leader Patrick Lynch — including two officers under indictment in a ticket-fixing scandal — in an election that comes amid a rancorous public battle with the mayor.
The group of hopefuls includes Brooklyn South trustee at the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Brian Fusco, who said Tuesday union leaders have been “grandstanding” instead of improving officers’ “disgraceful and dangerous” work environment.
“Police officers are bearing the burden of a deep failure of leadership on all sides,” Fusco said.
Lynch is seeking a fifth term as head of the union, which represents 24,000 officers. He had no immediate comment.
“He pounds his fists, he gets red in the face. When Pat steps away from the microphone, he steps away from the podium, that’s where it ends,” Fusco told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.Comments