125 New Citizens Set to be Sworn-In at Clarkstown South High School

Naturalization ceremony includes natives of 38 different countries.

A ceremony at Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack this morning is set to welcome 125 new citizens of the United States.

Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato said the Oath of Allegiance will be administered to local residents who are natives of 38 different countries and have completed the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include a performance by Clarkstown South students and hundreds of other South students will be observing the ceremonies.

Judge Robert M. Berliner is officiating the ceremony, where naturalized citizen Charlie Lee, a math teacher at Clarkstown South, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony is also set to include comments from Michael Prendergast and Lauren Shields, who are organ transplant recipients and frequently speak about the life-saving benefits of signing up to be an organ donor.

The naturalization ceremonies are oganized by the County Clerk's Office. The New City-based office handles the necessary paperwork locally in the citizenship process.


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