Patrick J. Lynch is a proud Irish-American New York City police officer serving his third, four-year term as the president of the NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the nation's largest municipal police union. The youngest police officer ever elected to the post, he has successfully steered his union through three arbitrated contracts and the first negotiated police officers' contract is nearly two decades winning over 50% in pay increases for his 23,000 members.
Lynch has been honored by many organizations but he is most proud of his Ellis Island Medal of Honor and awards from Ancient Order of Hibernians, the County Mayo Society of N.Y. and the Msgr. Lavin award to name just a few. He was named an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the NY College of Medicine and has served as Grand Marshal of the Glen Cove and the Kiltimagh, Ireland, St. Patrick's Day parades.
Lynch, whose mother hails from Garyroe, Kiltimagh in Co. Mayo and whose father is the grandson of an NYPD Deputy Inspector who emigrated from Co. Westmeath, is a lifelong resident of New York City. He and his wife, Kathleen, are rearing two fine sons, Patrick and Kevin, in Bayside, Queens, only blocks from where he grew up.