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Letters: NYPD union chief overstepping role

Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association,

Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, speaks during a news conference after the bodies of two fallen NYPD police officers were transported from Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York. Credit: AP / John Minchillo

Is Mayor Bill de Blasio actually the person most responsible for the turmoil in New York City? His position of leadership naturally makes him an object of scorn from all sides.

The police should support the mayor in this time of tribulation. Instead, they are being deterred and dissuaded from practicing the loyalty they promised in their oath of office.

It's a convenient power ploy by Patrick Lynch, the overambitious president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. How dare this so-called public servant promote mutiny within the ranks to the point that New York's Finest turn their backs to the mayor in public?

Also, his suggestion that the families of the two slain officers turn away a passionate and grieving mayor from their homes was ludicrous. Thankfully, the families seemed honored and comforted by de Blasio's visits.

This all takes more brass than Lynch's job calls for.

Joe Krupinski, Sea Cliff

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is in a no-win situation ["Emotions raw at funeral," News, Jan. 5]. If he favors and supports Mayor Bill de Blasio, he loses support of the police rank and file. If he appears to lean too heavily in favor of the department and its unions, Bratton will alienate himself from the mayor.

Bratton has said that all the city's mayors in the last 50 years have been disliked by the NYPD. The department has had issues with mayors, but the issues usually involved contract negotiations on pay and staffing.

On the other hand, de Blasio has alienated the NYPD on critical issues regarding job performance. There is a genuine dislike for de Blasio that previous mayors never experienced, which puts Bratton in a very tenuous predicament.

Joe Margolis, Westbury