Public Sector Alliance October 4, 2014

Pat Lynch: City Hall ‘double standard alive and well’

By Gloria Pazmino

 (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Patrick Lynch

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch on Friday attacked Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision not to fire Rachel Noerdlinger, the chief of staff to first lady Chirlane McCray, despite a Department of Investigation ruling that Noerdliner omitted sensitive information about her boyfriend’s criminal past on her city background check.

“The double standard is alive and well in the de Blasio administration—one standard for the elite at City Hall and another for the rank and file workers,” Lynch said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Lynch has been one of the loudest critics of Noerdlinger after it was reported her live-in boyfriend, Hassaun McFarlan, had prior convictions for manslaughter and drug trafficking.

His criticisms intensified after it was reported McFarlan had posted several comments on social media bashing police officers and referring to them as “pigs.”

In a statement earlier Friday, mayoral press secretary Phil Walzak said the D.O.I. "found no evidence of intent to deceive the mayor or City Hall. Given these findings, and that City Hall takes seriously the importance of the D.O.I. background process and questionnaire, City Hall has noted this omission in Ms. Noerdlinger's personnel file and believes no further punitive action is necessary.”

Last week, Lynch called for the removal of Noerdlinger, saying her relationship with McFarlan raised “serious questions about her judgment and character and the quality of the counsel she provides to City Hall.”

De Blasio stood by Noerdlinger immediately after the initial reports surfaced about McFarlan's criminal record, and has continued to assert his confidence in her.