- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City’s first lady is appointing a new chief of staff after her prior top aide took a leave.

Chirlane McCray announced Friday that Roxanne John will fill the role vacated by Rachel Noerdlinger. Noerdlinger took a leave of absence last month after some damaging disclosures about her personal life.

A Department of Investigation probe found that she omitted key information on her background check.

John was appointed executive director of Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence, earlier this year.

She will continue in that role and make a combined salary of $200,000.

Jackie Bray will be McCray’s deputy chief of staff. Bray previously worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

McCray is a highly visible face of City Hall. Mayor Bill de Blasio calls her his closest adviser.


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