"This evening at sundown, our Jewish friends and neighbors here in New York and throughout the world, will begin the Hanukkah holiday.
"The 'Festival of Lights' is a celebration of a people's perseverance, resilience, and resolve in the face of a seemingly impossible situation. The dedication shown by a small yet committed group loyal to their beliefs and way of life is a story that resonates through the ages and is still applicable in our modern lives. It speaks to the miraculous ability of the human spirit to endure, even when a tragic outcome seems certain.
"I join with all New Yorkers in remembering the qualities celebrated in Hanukkah, as these same qualities made us the Empire State, and will return us to prosperity and security. These qualities, shared today by all New Yorkers of all faiths, should serve to remind us that we will endure and that our children will inherit a bright and better tomorrow.
"On behalf of the entire Paterson family, I wish those celebrating Hanukkah a joyous, healthy and safe holiday season."