Bill de Blasio announced today a tentative new contract agreement with the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a move that might be regarded as an effort to mend damaged relations with the NYPD.

The seven-year, $252.1 million agreement will retroactively increase wages by one percent beginning in 2011, and will raise to 1.5 percent in 2016, 2.5 percent in 2017 and 3 percent in 2018. De Blasio added during a press conference that his administration has officially reached agreements with 76 percent of the city's workforce. The SBA agreement means that only one of the city's four police unions—the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association—is without a contract.

From 2013 to 2014, de Blasio said, the department's average investigation time has reduced by 40 days, and there has been a 25 percent decrease in complaints against the NYPD. "More is being done with the work force we have—things are happening better and quicker," he said.

SBA head Ed Mullins also seems to have turned over a new leaf since calling de Blasio a "nincompoop," with both men agreeing, at least publicly, that they must put their differences aside and instead search for common ground.

"What we were able to do was realize that the issues facing the city are more important than Mayor de Blasio and Sergeant Ed Mullins," he said. He would not, however, speculate as to how their newly chummy relationship would impact de Blasio's strained relationship with PBA president Pat Lynch. "I have family members I don't speak to," he said by way of explanation. (In reference to comments decrying the possibility of Brooklyn hosting the Democratic National Convention, Mullins also explained that he's "not a big convention guy. I don't even attend birthday parties.")

"Are we witnessing a kiss-and-make-up session?" one reporter asked.

"I’ll put my arm around him," de Blasio said, doing just that.

"You’re witnessing people who have found a way to work together, and clearly care deeply for this city and for the good of the people who do the work," he said, having removed his arm from the sergeant and given him a raise.