Mayor Wishes Jewish New Yorkers a “Happy Chanukah”
By Yehudit Garmaise
Mayor Bill de Blasio wished Jewish New Yorkers a “Happy Chanukah” today at his daily morning press call, which, starting next week, will be scaled back to twice a week, as the mayor heads into his last month in office.
“The first night of Chanukah is Sunday,” the mayor said. "Happy Chanukah to all: That's a joyous, joyous occasion.
“And it's a time to really think about the way forward and something positive.
“May the light of the menorah continue to shine on our beloved city and on the communities of this city.
“There's a lot this time of year that gives us inspiration and hope. So, to the whole Jewish community: Happy Chanukah in advance, to everyone.”
As the city prepares for a “busy and exciting holiday season,” the mayor said that this year, the holidays will have “added meaning because of everything we have been through.
“This is a time of year we should be thankful for all of our blessings.”
The mayor also welcomed back the many tourists who have started to return to New York City.
“Many people think this is the best time of year to visit, and we're going to see a lot of visitors coming to see their loved ones.
“Tourists from all over the country, and now all over the world, are coming in now because it's a magical time of year.”
“New York is back, we are strong, and we are going to have joyous holidays.”