Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams reflected on the state of Brooklyn in his first video holiday message to the borough’s residents.

“We are in a good place as a borough,” he said in the video, which runs under two minutes on YouTube. “Moving forward to some of the challenges facing our future, we are focusing on building people first.”

Calling Borough Hall the “People’s House,” he invited residents to a free exhibit of ancient manuscripts of St. Francis of Assisi, here until Jan. 14. “The message of peace they convey are so timely during this holiday season,” he said.

Referring to the unrest over police-related shootings and the assassination of two NYPD officers in Bedford Stuyvesant, he added, “We also recognize that this has been a difficult end to the year for so many of us, including recent events we have endured that have hit at our public safety, the foundation of our community.”

“Brooklyn is great because of its people, and we as a people will make 2015 our best year yet,” Adams said.

The 66th Precinct in Brooklyn held a vigil for slain NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Tuesday afternoon.

Organized by Councilmember David G. Greenfield, the tensions between the police and community were put aside to remember the lives of the two officers. The Brooklyn Eagle‘s Dipti Kumar was on hand to film the vigil.

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So what if there was a bit of rain? That didn’t stop Congregation B’Nai Abraham and supporters from gathering at Brooklyn Borough Hall to witness the annual tradition of lighting a giant menorah to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah.

There was festive music, a warm batch of latkes and much dancing for those who showed up.

Carefully secured inside a white cherry picker on a Con-Edison truck, Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin and state Sen. Daniel Squadron were guided toward the menorah.

“One little candle can dispel a lot of darkness and that freedom overpowers oppression,” said Rabbi Raskin.

Despite having a sore throat, Squadron recited the three blessings and leaned over to light the candle.

“You can see this menorah from one end of Brooklyn to the other, from the Statue of Liberty to Newtown Creek. Happy Hanukkah,” said Squadron, as he lit the menorah.

Yedidya Saadya, a local from Bed-Stuy, was one among those who attended.

“It helps us come together and support one another; especially in these trying times, its always good to recount how our creator has protected us and helped us in the past and is sure to do it again,” said Saadya.

The second day of Hanukkah will be observed with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams lighting the menorah.