This edition: NYPD Police UnionTweet
Original tape date: March 6, 2014.
First aired: March 19, 2014.
CityWide series host Ken Fisher continues the 18th season on CUNY-TV, talking with NYPD police union leader Patrick Lynch, President of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.
Patrick J. Lynch was born in Queens, the son of a Transport Workers Union subway motorman and in 1999, at age 35 was the youngest police officer ever elected as president of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
Lynch and his wife are the patents of two sons, Patrick, who is also a NYC police officer, and Kevin, who is now in the NYPD Cadet program, and live in Bayside, Queens, only blocks from where he grew up. He graduated from Msgr. Scanlon High School in the Bronx in 1982 and followed in his father’s footsteps into the New York City Transit Authority, where he was employed for a short time as a subway conductor before pursuing his passion to become a police officer.
Lynch began to make a name for himself within the ranks and in 1989 was elected to serve as a PBA delegate representing the officers of the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Pat earned three Exceptional Police Duty awards and also received an Exceptional Merit citation for his part in coming to the aid of two fellow police officers who had been shot. Shortly afterwards, he started an alternative union newsletter called the Brooklyn North News which generated citywide exposure and made him a serious candidate for higher union office.
On September 11, 2001, Lynch was present at the collapse of the World Trade Center, assisting his fellow officers, and barely escaped from the first tower to fall.
Patrick Lynch President, New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association