New York City Mayor Eric Adams went on the offensive Tuesday, the day after NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said she will resign.
Adams denied, sort of, that Sewell was micromanaged out the door and said he "adored" her.
Meanwhile Sewell, normally poised and staid, appeared to tear up as aides hugged her at her first public appearance since announcing her resignation.
NYPD brass gave her a standing ovation at the Police Commissioner for a Day ceremony.
The mayor refused to say why Sewell decided to resign after just 18 months on the job.
Questions about whether it was because she was micromanaged by him or Deputy Mayor Phil Banks set Adams off, especially since he said it's his job to make sure every commissioner in every agency is performing at the top of their game.
The New York Post reported Tuesday that Sewell never had any power, calling her a “figurehead.”
“She may have been sitting behind former top cop Teddy Roosevelt’s famous mahogany desk at One Police Plaza — but calling the important shots for the past 17 months has been [Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and former officer Phil Banks], a longtime confederate of Mayor Eric Adams,” the Post reported.