By Eden Laikin
County Executive Ed Mangano joined with members of Nassau’s Turkish communities earlier this month, for Nassau County’s 3rd Annual Turkish Republic Day celebration, and to honor local Turkish businessmen and other officials, in the Ceremonial Chamber of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.
Honored at the ceremony were Turkish residents Akin Akaydin; Onur Oktas; Yuksel Kilic; Serpil Yalcin and Elif Cam. Remarks were made by Sadri Altinok, President, Turkish Cultural Center New York; Mehmet Ozhabes; Executive Director, JP Morgan; and Deputy County Executive Dr. Phillip Elliott, speaking about his experiences while in Turkey.
Nassau’s Program Coordinator for the Office of Minority Affairs, Cesari Iman, welcomed the guests and introduced both the Turkish and American anthems – sung by a local high school student.
County Executive Mangano said the event was about commemorating the proclamation of the republic in 1923 following the successful Turkish War for Independence.
“Today provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of the Turkish-American community not only here in Nassau, but across the country,” Mangano told those gathered. “Turkish-Americans are hard workers and dedicated to improving Nassau County for all of its residents. They are part of our family and have contributed tremendously through their entrepreneurship and expertise. The Turkish-American communities have played a very important role in the growth and prosperity of Nassau County and I am honored to have them on my staff.
Mangano added that through “our excellent working relationship” we have been able to form a partnership that one can only assume will lead to more of common goals being accomplished.