New York Post
November 17, 2014

 

De Blasio aide out after embarrassing revelations

By Michael Gartland, Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding

Photo: Gabriella Bass ; Robert Kalfus
City Hall aide Rachel Noerdlinger was placed on unpaid leave, leaving Mayor de Blasio to blame the media for the firestorm surrounding his wife's chief of staff.

Last month, de Blasio declared, “Case closed!” when he refused to dismiss Noerdlinger after The Post exposed her scandals.

“I, for one, think that everyone deserves some measure of privacy in their private life, even if they are a public servant,” de Blasio said.

“Forty years ago, your family life was considered personal — people kept to certain ground rules. Now, apparently, there are no ground rules.”

Noerdlinger said she was taking an indefinite leave of absence to spend more time with her 17-year-old son, Khari, who was busted for trespassing Friday at a notorious drug spot in Washington Heights.

On Monday, The Post revealed that Khari has had a series of run-ins with the law that date to 2011, when he was busted at age 14 in an Upper West Side mugging.

“I can handle criticism and scrutiny of me, even when it’s mean-spirited — that comes with the territory when you take on the status quo,” Noerdlinger said.

“But increasingly, my son has been subjected to attacks that have nothing to do with the public interest, and everything to do with derailing this administration. I do not want to be a distraction — the work at hand is far too urgent.”

A City Hall official said Noerdlinger’s leave would begin in “coming weeks,” and that she wouldn’t be paid her salary or receive health-insurance coverage.

De Blasio said McCray would choose Noerdlinger’s replacement, whose pay ”will depend on the situation.”

He also said he expected McCray to “bring in a new person, because obviously, this is an open-ended leave,” but added that Noerdlinger “is welcome back to the administration if she gets to the point that she decides that’s the right thing to do.”

Sharpton released a lengthy statement that ripped the media and noted how he spoke with de Blasio about Noerdlinger.

Sharpton promised, “I will continue to work with him and the administration on the political progressive agenda we both agree on and will disagree with him when it becomes necessary.”

Noerdlinger, who was previously Sharpton’s spokeswoman, spent about an hour huddled inside her home with Charlie King, who was formerly national director of Sharpton’s National Action Network and executive director of the state Democratic Party.

“The way I’d put it is right now ,she’s focused on just her kid but I think once that’s resolved and that works out . . . I’m sure she intends to come back. But she’s not focused on that right now,” King said afterward.

Meanwhile, Noerdlinger’s boyfriend, McFarlan, threatened to call the cops on reporters and photographers outside out his New Jersey home.

He came storming out of the apartment at about 2:30 p.m. and started screaming and banging on the journalists’ cars as Noerdlinger shouted, “Come inside!”

In a March 2012 Facebook post, McFarlan ranted, “i cant come outside without the pigs f–king with me.”