PUTNAM COUNTY WELCOMES NEWEST CITIZENS – PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK MICHAEL C. BARTOLOTTI SWEARS IN 41 NEW CITIZENS AT NATURALIZATION CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016 AT PUTNAM COUNTY HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York.  Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 41 new citizens from 24 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.  The Hon. James F. Reitz, Associate Justice of the NYS Supreme Court 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.  Mr. Andrew Barquin, Representative of LiveOnNY was guest speaker.  A quartet of Carmel High School 12th Graders, Kayla Fuhst, Carl McDonald, Jack Ryan and Callie Sorrento, 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.

Any citizens wishing to view photos and video of the ceremony are encouraged to visit www.putnamcountyny.gov/county-clerk or visit our Facebook page.

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For further information, call:
Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301