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PBA Plans Heavy Push Against Council Members Who Supported Oversight Bills

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The city's largest police union says it will go after the City Council members who voted in favor of two controversial bills this week to provide more oversight of the New York City Police Department.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association says it will support challengers to those Council members in re-election bids this fall.

The legislation creates an independent Inspector General, and expands New Yorkers' abilities to sue the department for alleged racial profiling.

PBA president Pat Lynch says the union will reach out to voters saying, "There are many council members who voted in favor of these bills whose votes do not reflect the wishes of their pro-law enforcement constituents who cherish safe streets and all the positive things that safety brings to this city. No council member who puts this city at risk will have a free ride in the next election."

The union has joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in opposition to the bills, saying they will prevent police from fighting crime.

The mayor is promising a veto.

"This is a fight to defend your life and your kids lives, and you can rest assured I will not give up for one minute," Bloomberg said.

The Council vote tallies would make the changes veto-proof, but Bloomberg says he will keep lobbying Council members.

The mayor has never successfully vetoed a bill in the nearly eight years Christine Quinn has been the speaker.

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