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Goshen, N.Y. - Orange County hosted a Naturalization ceremony on Wednesday, November 15th at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.
County Clerk Kelly Eskew administered the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens and Orange County Supreme Court Judge Loren E. Williams presided over the ceremony. Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, Sheriff Paul Arteta, and District Attorney David Hoovler also attended the ceremony.
“I was honored to be a part of the naturalization ceremony and welcome our new citizens,” Neuhaus said. “Recognizing the accomplishments of these new citizens is always a wonderful experience. These men and women should be commended for the great sacrifices that they have made to be in America. I wish them all the best of luck.”
Ninety-nine people from 48 countries took the Oath of Allegiance, the final part of the naturalization process, renouncing all foreign allegiance while pledging to support and defend the American Constitution and the laws of the United States. The County Clerk’s Office hosts four naturalization ceremonies each year in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (Citizenship and Immigration Services).
“I always enjoy being a part of the County’s naturalization ceremonies and I was honored to take part in the event,” Eskew said. “The different ethnicities and nationalities that are represented today are what make this country so great. I enjoyed welcoming the new citizens and their families to the U.S. and wish them success.”