UTICA, N.Y. -- A total of 22 individuals from 10 nations around the globe became American citizens Thursday in Utica.
They were welcomed by a familiar face – Chief Meteorologist Bill Kardas was the keynote speaker at the naturalization ceremony. He, along with the family and friends of the new citizens watched as the group swore under oath to protect the constitution.
Bill spoke about his great grandparents left their home in Poland, and how the sacrifice was worth it.
“I encourage you to work hard and make the most of this opportunity. When we all work together, we make our lives and our communities better. As new American citizens you now possess new rights, new freedoms and new responsibilities,” Kardas said.
The ceremony was held in federal court, in Utica under the direction of the Honorable Judge David Hurd.