November 3, 2017




Dozens become American citizens in Orange County

Apena-Beras and her husband, Tulio Cortes

GOSHEN – There are new American citizens in Orange County today as 99 residents took the oath of allegiance on Thursday.

They came from all over the globe. One Middletown woman, Ambarcele Apena-Beras of the Dominican Republic said she felt privileged to officially become an American after living here for 14 years.

“It means a lot for me because a lot of people, they dream to become a citizen and sometimes they can’t make it because they made a mistake,” Apena-Beras said.

County Executive Steven Neuhaus loves to greet the new citizens because in the 1950s, his parents came to the US.

“My parents were right off the boat, immigrants. They came here for opportunity and they are a great example of the American dream,” Neuhaus said.

Another naturalization ceremony was held in Monticello on Thursday.


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