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Poughkeepsie, New York:
A special Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony will take place on Friday, September 15, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. in the Legislative Chambers on the 6th floor in the Dutchess County Office Building located at 22 Market Street, in the City of Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 29 individuals.
The Honorable Joseph Egitto, Dutchess County Family Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice will preside over the ceremony. The Honorable Jonah I. Triebwasser, Town and Village of Red Hook judge and Dutchess County Historian, Dr. William P. Tatum, III will provide welcoming remarks. Richard Lewis, Esq., President of the New York State Bar Association will deliver the keynote address welcoming participants as newly naturalized American Citizens.
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, reciting the Oath of Allegiance in a formal court proceeding. The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office is honored to take part in this final step of the naturalization process.
In addition to this special ceremony, naturalization ceremonies are held bi-monthly in Dutchess County 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.