First Lady Chirlane McCray Taps Sharpton Protégé

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mayor de Blasio announces First Lady Chirlane McCray's new chief of staff Rachel Noerdlinger (@NYCMayorsOffice/Twitter)

The wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, has a new chief of staff.

In yet another sign of the substantial role McCray will play in her husband’s administration, the city’s first couple tapped Rachel Noerdlinger to join the administration.

An overflow crowd at Reverend Al Sharpton's House of Justice in Harlem greeted the first lady's news Monday with cheers and a standing ovation.

Noerdlinger worked with Sharpton for almost 15 years, as his communications director and on issues like voting rights and education reform. Now, she said, she will dedicate that same vigor to the first lady.

“I cannot wait to go with the first lady borough to borough,” said Noerdlinger adding, “because the first lady is a voice for the voiceless and we will support her all the way.”

There are still several unanswered questions, like what issues will be part of first lady's agenda.

While the McCray won't be paid a salary, Noerdlinger will make $170,000 as a City Hall employee.


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