WATCH: De Blasio pays tribute to Rich Lamb after retirement news: 'The people of New York City are going to miss you'

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a moment out of his daily coronavirus briefing Wednesday to pay tribute to veteran WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb, who will be retiring next month after five decades in the radio news business.

As Lamb started to ask his question during the Q&A portion of the briefing, the mayor stopped the reporter to congratulate him on his retirement.

"I heard your news and I have to just take a moment before you ask your questions just to tell you it has really been a privilege serving in public life with you," de Blasio said. "I mean it, you are just as good as it gets in journalism and you're someone with an incredibly good heart. I know you give a lot of time of yourself, volunteering and helping outside your work, but you've really shown everyone a great example of a compassionate and decent approach to getting people the news they need."

"I really want to thank you and I can tell you the people of New York City are going to miss you," the mayor added.

Lamb thanked the mayor for his kind words and said, "I am very humbled to have had this privileged status of being able to ask you questions, and previous mayors questions, and do the stories that came out of it."

Lamb's career started in 1970 back in Michigan.

His last day will be February 26, 2021, exactly 43 years to the day after his first assignment for WCBS 880 covering the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge.

News of his retirement on Monday was met with an overwhelming response on Twitter, garnering reaction from de Blasio, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bronx Congressman Ritchie Torres, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and many others.

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