PLATTSBURGH On Friday, July 20, Acting Supreme Court Judge Kevin K. Ryan administered the oath of naturalization to 18 North Country residents at the Old Courthouse in downtown Plattsburgh. Ten of the eighteen were formerly citizens of Canada. Clinton County Clerk John Zurlo welcomed the new citizens and said, America needs you. America needs your citizenship and your fresh perspective on our most difficult and stubborn problems especially during these troubled times. America needs your cultural contributions. Most importantly America needs your values and the wisdom forged from your experiences. I challenge you to be active citizens of the United States of America.
Montreal natives and Morrisonville residents Fanny Vienneau and Robert Malcolm took the naturalization oath. Vienneau said, We wanted to become citizens because we live here. Our children are Americans and we want to vote and participate. Vienneau is an insurance attorney and her husband Malcolm is a mechanical engineer. They resided in Los Angeles for eight years, but moved to the North Country because they wanted to be closer to their families in Montreal. In this era of modern communication Fanny and Robert both continue to work for Los Angeles based firms.
Tsat Mui Chan at 83 years of age was the eldest of the new citizens. She moved to Malone from Hong Kong about twenty years ago. Her daughter-in-law So Yuen said, She loves America and wanted to be a citizen. All her family are citizens.
Another Malone resident, Hipolite Miller, a Philippines native, also became a citizen. Karen McGee and Dorothy Howe, members of the Malone Literacy Volunteers, assisted the women with documentation preparation and transportation and were present to congratulate them.
Judge Kevin K. Ryan said adoption and naturalization proceedings are the two parts of his job he enjoys doing most. He said they are similar in that in adoption the benefits flow to both child and family and in naturalization the benefits flow to both the new citizens and to this country.