Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti Swears in 40 New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Putnam County Historic Courthouse
CARMEL, N.Y. – Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 40 new citizens from 21 different countries.
Prior to the ceremony, the County Clerk’s Office greeted the new citizens and presented them with important information about passports and voter registration.
The Naturalization Ceremony was opened by the American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. Hon. John W. Sweeny, Jr. Associate Justice of the NYS Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, 1st Judicial Department, served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. The Hon. Donald B. Smith, Putnam County Sheriff, led the opening prayer. Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell offered welcoming remarks. Director of Veteran Affairs Karl Rhode led all in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ms. Maria Martinez, Representative of Congressman Maloney’s Office was guest speaker. Board of Elections Commissioner Anthony G. Scannepieco, Jr. encouraged all new citizens to become registered voters and advised that it was the last day to register to vote in next year’s elections. Carmel High School 12th Grade student, Kayla Fuhst, presented the gathering with beautiful renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” and God Bless America.”
After the ceremony, a coffee and cake reception was held to welcome our newest citizens.