Top De Blasio Aide’s Ex-Con Beau Has Active Tax Warrants

Top aide Noerdlinger’s scandal deepens; De Blasio chief of staff now embroiled

Rachel Noerdlinger

Rachel Noerdlinger / AP


The controversial ex-con boyfriend of embattled top De Blasio aide Rachel Noerdlinger has multiple outstanding tax warrants against him totaling nearly $2,500—a revelation that comes just hours after it was reported that Noerdlinger herself had a $28,190 federal tax lien placed on her home by the IRS.

Noerdlinger’s boyfriend Hassaun McFarlan, a convicted killer and drug trafficker whose anti-police tirades have landed the couple in hot water, has two separate active tax warrants filed against him by the New York State Department of State, according to records obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Noerdlinger, who serves as the chief of staff to New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, has been battling to save her political career since it came to light that McFarlan has an extensive criminal record that includes allegedly attempting to rundown a police officer while driving Noerdlinger’s car.

The scandal deepened on Thursday morning when it was reported that Noerdlinger may have fraudulently obtained special approval to reside in New Jersey by claiming that her son had "suffered devastating physical injuries in two car crashes — even though the strapping kid had fully recovered and played linebacker for his high school football team," the New York Post reported.

Despite the son’s health, De Blasio Chief of Staff Laura Santucci went to bat for Noerdlinger, penning a letter to help her obtain the special residence status.

Another twist in the scandal came to light later this afternoon when it was revealed that Noerdlinger had a $28,190 tax lien placed on her New Jersey home after she failed to properly pay taxes on the property.

It was also found that the state of New York filed a $1,368 tax warrant against Noerdlinger’s media corporation, according to the reports.

Now, the Free Beacon has learned that Noerdlinger’s longtime boyfriend McFarlan also has two "active and unpaid" tax warrants totaling just under $2,500.

One warrant on a Bronx property for $2,087.53 against McFarlan was issued in March 2011 and still marked as active, according to public records.

Another tax warrant was filed for a separate address in the Bronx in August 2007 for $332.47 and remains outstanding and unpaid, according to the records.

The public outing of the couple’s financial issues comes on the back of multiple reports detailing McFarlan’s lengthy rap sheet and past comment referring to the police as "pigs."

The disparaging comments are said to have raised "serious concerns about Noerdlinger having a seat at top-level" New York Police Department (NYPD) meetings, according to the New York Daily News.

Questions over the couple’s views on the police have become a distraction for the De Blasio administration, which has been forced to defend Noerdlinger.

The Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that Noerdlinger herself ruffled feather with New York City cops in 2000, when, while serving as a spokeswoman for the Reverend Al Sharpton, she called for a boycott of any company that contributed to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which had assisted in the legal defense of four police officers accused of wrongfully killing a suspect.

"Sharpton’s spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger, later said his National Action Network will identify as boycott targets companies that contribute to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which helped pay for the cops’ legal defense," the New York Post reported in February 2000.

New York political insiders are also beginning to lose faith in Noerdlinger.

"Rachel Noerdlinger has clearly become a major impediment and distraction to Bill De Blasio’s progressive and transcendent agenda," one local political consultant who would only speak on background told the Free Beacon. "If I were a member of the NYPD, I’d be terrified that City Hall doesn’t have my back and would throw me under the bus in a heart beat."

Meanwhile, an online petition was started on Thursday to demand Noerdlinger's resignation "for her involvement with a convicted murderer, police- hating, drug trafficker boyfriend!"

Adam Kredo   Email Adam | Full Bio | RSS
Adam Kredo is senior writer reporting on national security and foreign policy matters for the Washington Free Beacon. An award-winning political reporter who has broken news from across the globe, Kredo’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, the Drudge Report, and the Jerusalem Post, among many others. His Twitter handle is @Kredo0. His email address is

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