The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, began last night at sunset, and celebrations will extend through nightfall tomorrow. Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Sunday with well wishes for New Yorkers who celebrate the holiday.
“This is a joyous occasion, but also a time to reflect on the year that has passed and focus on new beginnings,” he said. “It is with a spirit of renewed hope and promise that we all join New Yorkers celebrating the start of this year.
“During this holy period for many New York residents, we once again celebrate the diversity that strengthens and energizes our state and redouble our efforts to work together to create a better future for all.
“I extend best wishes to all for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. L’Shanah Tovah.”
According to most recent U.S. Census data, more than 1.6 million Jewish people live in New York state, accounting for more than 8 percent of the total population.