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New Citizens to take Oath of Allegiance in Dutchess County

Published: 1/29/2020

For More Information Contact:

Catherine Durland (845) 486-2133

Poughkeepsie, New York:             A naturalization ceremony will take place on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, New York.  Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall will administer the Oath of Allegiance to approximately one hundred twenty individuals.  The Honorable Tracy C. MacKenzie, Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice and Dutchess County Family Court Judge will preside over the ceremony.

The Honorable Jeh C. Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security, will deliver the keynote address.  Mr. Johnson is a partner with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and served as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from 2013 to 2017. In public life,  Mr. Johnson also served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense between 2009 and 2012, General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force from 1998 to 2001, and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989 to 1991.  He is a graduate of Morehouse College, Columbia Law School, and the recipient of ten honorary degrees.  Mr. Johnson grew up in Wappingers Falls, New York and is a 1975 graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School.  

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes all naturalization applications and provides the clerk’s office with a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized. All petitioners must then participate in a Naturalization Ceremony and swear to the Oath of Allegiance in a formal court proceeding. 

The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office is honored to take part in the final step of the naturalization process. In Dutchess County, naturalization ceremonies are held bi-monthly to induct new citizens of the United States of America and are open to the public with all invited to attend.  For further information about the ceremony or other programs of the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office, please call (845) 486-2133.