Former chief of staff to Chirlane McCray takes post with David Koch's lobbying firm

By LOUIS FLORES

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray's former chief of staff, Rachel Noerdlinger, has accepted an offer to join the lobbying firm, Mercury Public Affairs.  Ms. Noerdlinger announced her new job on a post made to the social media site, Twitter, on Monday.

Ms. Noerdlinger was forced to step down from her post as the First Lady's chief of staff after an apparent campaign by political opponents to embarrass her into resignation culminated in the "Broken Windows" arrest of her son.

From Ms. Noerdlinger's new job as a managing director at Mercury Public Affairs, the lobbying firm now gains unprecedented access to City Hall by way of Ms. Noerdlinger's close relationship with two chief advisors to Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) :  his wife, Ms. McCray, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, a longtime political ally.  For many years, Ms. Noerdlinger had served as a communications official on behalf of Rev. Sharpton's nonprofit, the National Action Network.

The mayor's press office refused to comment about how City Hall would manage the potential conflicts of interest with Ms. Noerdlinger's new job.  

However, Michael McKeon, a partner at Mercury Public Affairs, told The New York Daily News that Ms. Noerdlinger would not be lobbying City Hall. 

In November, Progress Queens reported that Jonathan Greenspun, a lobbyist with Mercury Public Affairs, had done work to represent a real estate developer, which was approved to purchase privatised interests in real estate property owned by the New York City Housing Authority.  In December, Progress Queens reported that Mercury Public Affairs had also represented a Super PAC funded by the right-wing conservative billionaire, David Koch