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Beşiktaş Mayor Atty. Murat Hazinedar held an event at the Zorlu Performans Sanatları Merkezi on Tuesday, May 30th 2017 and publicly shared all the work, projects and accomplishments during his three years’ service since he was elected in 2014. The event was attended by the foreign mission representatives in Istanbul, some members of the parliament, some mayors, the council members of the Beşiktaş Municipality, neighborhood representatives, consul generals, politicians, businessmen and citizens.
The night started with the performance of the Beşiktaş Municipality’s Philharmonic Orchestra, which has recently been founded under his administration. The performance of the Orchestra was very widely admired by the guests.
Mayor Hazinedar, who had been elected with a record number of votes at the local elections in 2014, shortly reminded the projects, services and works carried out during the past 3 years and introduced the future projects that will be followed through in the remaining two years’ period of his office. Mr. Mayor and the guests had dinner together.
Mr. Mayor said “We are the local government that has provided the highest level of support to any form of theatre, including professional, amateur and children’s theatre. We have achieved to raise the brand value of the Beşiktaş Municipality in the last 3 years. Thanks to all the cultural and artistic events we have organized, Beşiktaş has been chosen the most livable district in Turkey for the last 3 years. Actually Beşiktaş has always been the pioneering location in terms of culture and arts in the last two centuries. And we are the local government which allocates the highest percentage (14%) of its total budget to cultural, creative and artistic affairs in Turkey. Further to that, this budget is not managed by the Mayor or the Cultural Affairs Directorate of the Beşiktaş Municipality but by the Beşiktaş Art Council, comprised of the esteemed artists of Turkey”.
“We were elected for a period of 5 years and stated our efforts right after we came into office. And now we have completed the first 3 years of our term. We have had an amazing 3 years’ period. We haven’t limited our perspective of service to Beşiktaş only. Actually, we are trying to set a model here to be transferred to future generations. A unique, national model that will be taken as an example. We have given messages of democracy, freedom and liberties from Beşiktaş to Istanbul and from Istanbul to the rest of Turkey. We follow up the feedbacks regarding these messages. We are committed to serve our citizens. Despite the fact that we are one of the municipalities in Istanbul with the smallest budget, we have managed to almost stop poorly-designed reconstruction and housing development in our territory. We have prevented the unregistered business of those who harm our city. We have never allowed bad urban transformation projects. In the first 6 months of our term, we made acquaintance with our citizens and in the second 6 months we got to know the whole city further. In the third 6 months we focused on and discussed the specific problems of our district and in the fourth 6 months, we reaped the fruits of our discussions. And finally in the fifth 6 months, we made decisions and finalized our plans on certain issues.” added Mayor Hazinedar.
“I feel happy, proud and honored to have been serving this city despite all troubles and problems plotted against me and my family. I have had to stand out against all the odds with a strong will, and of course with the support of my Party CHP (Republican People's Party) and our Leader Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. I would like to thank you all for joining me on this night” he added.
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