We were bouyed by the wonderful absence of civility in the attack levied by Pat Lynch and Steve Cassidy on the mayor's effort to take away what he described as a, Christmas bonus." The NY Times reports: "On Wednesday, Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and Stephen J. Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, vowed to fight the proposal with lobbying efforts, an advertising campaign and their own voices in the news media and at grass-roots levels. Their display on the steps of City Hall is a low point in a relationship that has mostly been cordial, even as the city has pushed to cut rookie classes and has reduced engine company staffing to save overtime costs. But on Wednesday, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Cassidy accused the administration of spreading false information to steal their members’ money. They used the words “liar,” “lie” and “lying” at least 23 times in characterizing the mayor’s efforts to depict the annual payments as akin to a Christmas bonus."
We want to make one thing clear-and both Lynch and Cassidy did a good job doing this on NY1 the other night-police officers and firefighters are in a class by themselves and shouldn't be lumped with any other government workers. Not only is public safety the preeminent role of any government, but those who act on our behalf in this capacity put their lives on the line everyday-and it is, in our view, sacrilegious to compare these brave men and women to, let's say, clerks at the MVB.
It is the expansion of government way beyond this core responsibility that gets us upset-and the fact that Mike Bloomberg is looking to shaft these folks is really beyond the pale-as Michael Daly points out in the NY Daily News today: "Retired NYPD Detective Bob Gates wants to report an attempted robbery. He describes the perp as a white male, 5-foot-7, medium build, 60- to 70 years-old, known to be tan even in winter. The perpetrator is seen around City Hall on weekdays, where he is often addressed as "Mr. Mayor." He is said to frequent the Mid Ocean Club golf course in Bermuda on weekends."