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Posted on: March 26, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Pakistan native Ambreen Arif to serve as keynote at County’s Naturalization ceremony on Jan. 31st


Goshen, N.Y. – Ambreen Arif, a native of Pakistan who works in the County Clerk’s Office, will be the keynote speaker at the Naturalization ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4th at the County’s Emergency Services Center, located at 22 Wells Farm Road.

County Clerk Annie Rabbitt will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens and Orange County Family Court Judge Lori Currier-Woods will preside over the ceremony.

Arif was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Her husband, Syed Masood, came to the U.S. in 1990. The couple was married in Pakistan in 1997 and Arif joined her husband in Rochester, N.Y. in 1999. After briefly living in Chicago, the couple moved to Orange County in 2002 and was naturalized in 2004. She has been a Recording and Index Clerk with the County for the last two years. Arif lives in Goshen with her husband and their three children, Myra, 16, Hamza, 14, and Ahmed, 12.

“Ambreen has a wonderful story and we are looking forward to her sharing it at the Naturalization ceremony,” Rabbitt said. “It will resonate with the audience and the new citizens. Recognizing the new citizens and welcoming them to this great country is always an inspirational experience.”

The County Clerk’s Office hosts four naturalization ceremonies each year in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (Citizenship and Immigration Services).

For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or