New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell helps Mayor Eric Adams get a degree of affection from cop union leaders that would have been unthinkable whereas Bill de Blasio was nonetheless calling the pictures in City Hall.
“She listens. She implements. And she truly cares concerning the cop on the road,” Patrick Lynch, the firebrand president of the Police Benevolent Association, gushed to The Post on Thursday after naming Sewell “Person of the Year” on the PBA’s annual conference in Albany.
The recognition for the NYPD commish comes at a politically fraught time for Adams, with rising crime fueling new fights over how greatest to steadiness civil rights with help for legislation enforcement officers attempting to do their jobs.
But as his first yr in workplace winds down, relations with the infamously combative PBA aren’t any downside in comparison with the reception given to de Blasio within the first yr that featured well-known images of cops turning their backs on him on the funeral of two slain law enforcement officials.
“In the previous. We had been on the desk however no person was listening,” Lynch advised The Post.
Previous winners of the award embrace ex-Govs. Andrew Cuomo and George Pataki, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., and two-time NYPD commish William Bratton whereas he was main the LAPD in 2009.
A heat relationship between union management and the Adams administration was solid on Sewell’s first day on the job, mentioned Lynch, when she personally responded after an off-duty cop in Manhattan was shot whereas napping in between shifts.
“Standing subsequent to you in shock like us all however pushing via at our greatest when issues are at their worst was our police commissioner and that’s why you’re our individual of the yr,” Lynch mentioned whereas presenting the award to Sewell.
The first female honcho in NYPD history hardly adopted a traditional path into the great graces of the union repping the rank-and-file in probably the most well-known police division within the nation.
A PBA press launch forged her as a “virtuoso performer in legislation enforcement” who acquired expertise in hostage negotiations, undercover work, and battling terrorism whereas rising within the Nassau County Police Department the place she attain the rank of chief of detectives.
Sewell advised union delegates that beat cops aren’t getting the love they deserve amid an ongoing spike in crime following the COVID-19 pandemic, controversial criminal justice reforms, and ongoing calls to defund the police.
“There are folks all through town that need, want, and help you. I’ve met them. They aren’t at all times on Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter,” Sewell advised a packed room of union delegates Thursday.
“I’ll not at all times get it proper — however I consider in you,” she added.
A pre-recorded video look by Adams on the PBA conference highlighted how much relations have changed between City Hall and the union because the former NYPD captain took workplace alongside Sewell on Jan. 1.
“At the 128th annual conference of Police Benevolent Association, I’m proud to salute the good work of the NYPD and all our legislation enforcement professionals,” Adams mentioned within the video.
Yet, amid the pleased phrases, beer, and lunch at The Desmond Hotel close to the Albany Airport had been hints of dissatisfaction coming from the ranks, who the Adams administration just lately ordered to spend much less time socializing whereas strolling their beats throughout town.
“Maybe we should always have a ‘no-congregating coverage’ right here too,” PBA First Vice President John Puglisi quipped whereas describing late-night carousing amongst union leaders the evening earlier than.