First Lady's Top Aide Rachel Noerdlinger Spotted at Department of Investigation Headquarters

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Rachel Noerdlinger, pictured in September.
For several weeks, New York news has been full of Rachel Noerdlinger, First Lady Chirlane McCray's chief of staff, after DNAInfo reported on September 25 that she's in a relationship with Hassaun McFarlan, 36, who has a lengthy criminal record. McFarlan spent time in prison when he was 15 years old after being convicted of manslaughter for killing 18-year-old Kenneth Carter; more recently, the website reported, he was arrested in Edgewater, New Jersey for eluding a police officer after a car accident. He was ultimately convicted of disorderly conduct.

The New York Times , citing anonymous sources, reported last night that the city Department of Investigation has opened an inquiry into Noerdlinger. Although the mayor's office has refused to confirm that, earlier this week, we saw Noerdlinger heading to the Department of Investigation, which is headquartered in the same building as the Village Voice.

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De Blasio and a Bunch of Other Mayors: The Economy's Still Not So Great

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Things are still pretty bad. And they're worse in the big cities.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a group of city leaders from across the country, are trying to drum up some attention for what has turned out to be a lackluster economic recovery, especially within large metropolitan areas.

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Video: De Blasio Addresses Death of Man Strangled by NYPD Officer

Cut to 31:45 into the video see the beginning of the press conference.


On Thursday night, Staten Island man Eric Garner, 43, known affectionately as "Big E,"died while being arrested after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold. Garner, a father of six, was reportedly asthmatic. A disturbing video of the incident posted on Live Leak shows that Garner repeatedly said "I can't breathe!", sounding close to tears, as the police held him to the ground. The Staten Island Advance reports that Garner, who stood over 6 feet and weighed more than 350 pounds, was a fixture in the neighborhood who sometimes sold loose cigarettes for 50 cents apiece. Witnesses have said that Garner was trying to break up a fight in front of a beauty supply store.

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Bill de Blasio and Assorted New York Children Uncomfortably Sing "I Love L.A."

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Mayor de Blasio brings shame upon our city, these children, and music itself.
At the beginning of the month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a friendly wager: If the L.A. Kings lost the Stanley Cup to the New York Rangers, Garcetti would go on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and perform "New York, New York." If the Kings won, de Blasio would have to sing an ode to the city of traffic jams and immobile, botulism-rich foreheads.

"Start spreading the news," de Blasio said at the time, according to the L.A. Times. "It's been over 20 years since the Stanley Cup has found its home in New York City, and we look forward to it making it's way here."

But that enormous silver spittoon was not to be ours: to no one's surprise, the Rangers lost 3-2 to the Kings on Friday, June 13. Last night, our mayor appeared via satellite on Kimmel's show to make good on the bet. It was uncomfortable.

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Celebrity-Stuffed PETA Video Denounces Carriage Horse Industry, Urges de Blasio To Ban It Already

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The battle over carriage horses in the city is dragging on and on, with no end in sight, and, as yet, no bill introduced in the City Council that would actually ban the industry and replace it with the classic cars favored by animal rights group NYCLASS. While Bill de Blasio famously promised "an immediate ban" on carriage horses during his campaign, the mayoral reality hasn't been quite so neat; a recent Newsday story found that 19 city council members are undecided on the merits of a ban, versus 15 who support it and eight who oppose it.

Neither side definitely has the 26-vote majority they'd need for victory, and in the meantime, everyone is ramping up their publicity. First there was Liam Neeson's big visit to the Clinton Park stables, where he called carriage driving "a beautiful industry." And yesterday, PETA released a new video wherein millions of celebrities denounce the carriage horse industry as cruel and inhumane. If you were waiting to hear what Dave Navarro's eyebrows think about horses before you made up your mind, wait no more.

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De Blasio Has a History of Intervening on Behalf of His Friends

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We're having flashbacks.
Early Wednesday morning, the Wall Street Journal reported a high-profile pastor and member of Mayor Bill de Blasio's inaugural committee with two warrants out for his arrest was released from jail after the mayor made a phone call inquiring about his arrest.

Officers pulled Bishop Orlando Findlayter over at 11:21 p.m. Monday. Findlayter, who was an early supporter of de Blasio's campaign, had made a left turn without signaling. When a database query revealed Findlayter had failed to appear in court in January after he was arrested in October at a protest, he was taken into custody.

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De Blasio Tries to Cheer Up Miserable New Yorkers: "We Are Tough by Nature"

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This mayor has given so many press conferences about winter weather we ought to start calling him de BlasiSNOW, amirite?

On Wednesday, the mayor tried to console New Yorkers increasingly grumpy over the string of storms by telling them, "We are tough by nature... We don't give in to challenges." Next, he tried channeling the ghost of mayor Ed Koch, who used to say, "I wake up every morning and say to myself, 'Well, I'm still in New York. Thank you, God.'"

Even in on our darkest days, we can take comfort in our illusory superiority.

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De Blasio Talks Plowghazi, Forkgate During First Daily Show Appearance

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Cheers to the new regime.
Mayor Bill de Blasio made his first appearance since his inauguration on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Monday. Stewart's conversation with De Blasio touched on the major scandals of his first 34 days in office -- Plowghazi, Forkgate -- as well as his future plans, e.g. the Great Carriage Horse Emancipation and, ultimately, a full transition to socialism. (First the Che Guevara posters, next the bread line.)

De Blasio arrived at The Daily Show's midtown studios the same day that winter storm Maximus dumped more than eight inches of snow in Central Park. The weather provided occasion for de Blasio to tell Stewart about his plans for the ungrateful Upper East Siders who whined that he purposefully withheld snow plows as "payback" for their supporting other candidates.

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On Hot 97, Bill de Blasio Talks Dropping the Stop-and-Frisk Appeal and Dante's "Extraordinary" Fro

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The fro in question, in case you'd forgotten.
In a news conference yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio formally announced what he's been promising since he was a candidate: an end to New York City's ongoing legal battle to stop and frisk with impunity. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city had been appealing a decision by Federal District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, which called the practice unconstitutional, and which ordered that an independent monitor be appointed to reform the department's stop-and-frisk policies; separately, the New York City Council voted to create an inspector general's position for the department.

In an interview this morning with Peter Rosenberg and Ebro, Hot 97's morning show hosts, de Blasio called stop-and-frisk "a broken policy," and promised "an entirely different approach" to fighting crime.

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Bill de Blasio Details Plans for Free Pre-Kindergarten Citywide

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Bill and Chirlane de Blasio at P.S. 50 in East Harlem.

On Monday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio released the details of his plan to make full-day pre-kindergarten available to all four-year-olds across New York City for free. Starting in September 2014, the program will be available for 53,604 children; in September 2015, it will expand to serve 73,250 children.

The Mayor released the report before heading to Albany, where he will pitch the program to lawmakers. De Blasio will have to convince folks in the capital that his program, which relies on a tax, is a better alternative than the statewide program Governor Cuomo proposed earlier this month.


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