Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials said goodbye Friday to outgoing Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.
At his farewell breakfast, Doherty spoke about his 51 years in the Department of Sanitation.
He's been in charge for nearly 17 of them.
He started as a sanitation worker and rose through the ranks serving under eight different mayors.
De Blasio called him a living legend and thanked him for staying on for one last winter, which ended up being one of the toughest ever.
"Would have been perfectly legitimate to say, 'Mr. Mayor with all due respect, no way.' I would not have thought ill of him if he had done that. I said the people of New York City need you one more time. He...I could tell that's what mattered to John," De Blasio said.
"This department is made of a workforce and we always say a family in sanitation and I was just privileged and had the honor of being part of that family these 51 so years," Doherty said.
Replacing Doherty is Kathryn Garcia, the Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Environmental Protection.
Garcia officially becomes Sanitation Commissioner on Tuesday.