KIRYAT BIALIK, March 29, 2011, 1:30 p.m. – For the remainder of my visit to Kiryat Bialik, I had the honor of having lunch and with Kiryat Bialik Mayor Elie Dukorsky, 46, a man large in stature, but extremely genteel in nature. He certainly is a man with a vision for the city. He told me his plans to double Kiryat Bialik’s population in the next 10 years and attract the young families to balance with the city’s large senior population.
He also spoke of how he is dealing with challenges that came about from an influx of Ethiopian families last summer – without an influx of funding from the government. He is the only mayor in the area to fully embrace this population, addressing not just the educational needs of children, but also the social and cultural needs of their parents and elders as the children progress. Mayor Dukorsky has been in public life since he chaired the local youth council at the age of 16.
He has been mayor since 2008 and appears to have a long future in the position, considering he is only the fourth mayor of the city since it was established in 1934. Mayor Dkorsky also spoke about the city’s efforts in attracting industry and the future of our partnership. I will write a more extensive article following my return from the mission. In the meantime, enjoy the attached video message from the mayor.