May 22, 2024

New York City and PBA Agree on Higher Remuneration for NYPD Officers in Historic 8-Year Deal

Mayor Eric Adams hosts a reception in honor of Garifuna Heritage. Gracie Mansion. Thursday, April 13, 2023. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.
Mayor Eric Adams hosts a reception in honor of Garifuna Heritage. Gracie Mansion. Thursday, April 13, 2023. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the city’s Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Commissioner Renee Campion have announced a tentative 8-year agreement with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) that, if ratified by PBA members, will lead to higher remuneration for NYPD officers. The agreement represents the first of its kind between the city and a union representing uniformed workers under the Adams Administration.

Mayor Adams hailed the agreement as a testament to the city’s commitment to supporting the brave men and women of the NYPD who perform one of the toughest jobs anywhere. He expressed his pride in the historic deal with the PBA and underscored his administration’s dedication to prioritizing the interests of working people. The agreement will empower police officers to work more flexible schedules, boost morale, and maintain New York as the safest big city in America. Adams expressed gratitude to OLR Commissioner Renee Campion and PBA President Pat Lynch for their productive partnership.

The tentative agreement will be retroactive, covering the period between August 1st, 2017, and July 31st, 2025. The wage increases contained in the agreement will start at 2.25% and will rise annually to reach 4% in the final year, benefiting at least 23,000 members of the NYPD.

The NYPD has experienced a reduction in its workforce in recent years, with a lower level of annual pay cited as one of the reasons for officers leaving for other states and counties. The agreement between New York City and the PBA will raise the level of pay for new officers. Starting from August 1st, 2023, new officers in their first year of work will earn an annual salary of $53,790. Additionally, they will receive a “Neighborhood Policing Differential” payment, amounting to an extra 2.25% or $1,210. In total, NYPD officers at this level will earn up to $60,000. From August 1st, 2024, officers who have worked for the NYPD for more than five and a half years will earn $131,500, taking into account all financial benefits.

The tentative agreement will introduce a pilot program deploying officers on 10 and 12-hour tours, starting at two precincts in the Bronx. The program aims to boost officer morale and give the NYPD flexibility to increase staffing during periods of high crime rates.

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch praised the agreement for not only closing the pay gap relative to other police departments but also improving the quality of life for PBA members. He thanked Mayor Adams, Police Commissioner Sewell, and their teams for engaging in constructive discussions about the needs of the NYPD and the city’s safety. According to Lynch, the agreement is a contract for the future, benefiting not only New York City police officers but the entire city.

Meanwhile, on April 8th, it was one year since 16-year-old Angellyh Yambo was tragically killed by stray gunfire while walking home from University Prep Charter School in the Bronx. To honor her memory, a street was named after her in the Kingsbridge Heights neighborhood where she grew up. The street, located at the Bailey Place and Bailey Avenue intersection, is now called Angellyh Marieh Yambo Way.

Yambo was described as a bright and cheerful student who had dreams of becoming a doctor. Her parents, Manuel Yambo and Yanela Henriquez, were present at the event along with some of New York City’s prominent politicians to pay tribute to their daughter.

Although the street naming was a bittersweet moment for Yambo’s parents, they were grateful that their daughter’s name will now be a constant reminder of her life and memories. According to Manuel Yambo, “Whenever I look up at the street sign, I’ll see my daughter’s name, and I will remember all the great memories my daughter and I had.” Yanely Henriquez added, “Seeing her name now where she was raised and loved means a lot. I didn’t want her name to be in a place where she lost her life.”

The shooter, 17-year-old Jeremiah Ryan, is currently facing a murder charge. On the day of the shooting, Ryan reportedly fired a ghost gun during an argument with someone. Unfortunately, Yambo was not the intended target but was struck by a stray bullet and killed.

The circulation of ghost guns in New York City has been a growing concern for the authorities as they are easy to build and difficult to trace since they do not have serial numbers. Mayor Eric Adams expressed his determination to remove illegal guns off the streets and emphasized that repeat offenders of violence have no place in the community.

Despite the tragedy, Yambo’s mother founded the Angellyh Yambo Foundation with the aim of providing after-school programs to keep young people occupied and away from trouble in the streets. As Henriquez said, “We turned this tragic moment into something positive, and through the foundation, we’ll live through her legacy.”

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