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County Clerk Kendall to Administer Oath of Allegiance at Naturalization Ceremony in Beacon

Published: 7/29/2019

For More Information Contact:

Catherine Durland (845) 486-2133

Poughkeepsie, New York: A naturalization ceremony will take place on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Beacon High School Theatre, 101 Matteawan Road in the City of Beacon. Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall will administer the Oath of Allegiance to approximately seventy-five individuals. The Honorable Peter M. Forman, Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice and Dutchess County Court Judge will preside over the ceremony. Brian Arnoff, Chef and Founder of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink and Meyer’s Olde Dutch Food & Such, will deliver the keynote address welcoming participants as newly naturalized American Citizens.

Chef Brian Arnoff, who was raised in Hyde Park, earned his degree in hospitality management at Boston University. During which time, Brian had the opportunity to work for James Beard Award-winning chef Barbra Lynch. It was that experience that led him to study abroad at the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy. His experiences learning, living and working in Italy had a profound effect on his cooking style, where he developed a deeper appreciation for seasonal ingredients and regional cooking. After receiving his degree, he took some time to travel and made it a point to eat like a local and learn unique aspects of each cities’ culinary customs. Brian and his restaurant establishments have received numerous mentions and awards including from the New York Times, Washington Post, The Washingtonian, Southern Living Magazine, Thrillist, and Zagat. The Hudson Valley Magazine awarded Kitchen Sink “Best New Restaurant” in 2016 and “Best Comfort Food” in 2017; the magazine awarded Chef Brian “Best Chef in the Hudson Valley” in 2018.

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.