Becoming a United States citizen is a great honor- it comes with valuable rights, but also important responsibilities. Citizenship requires hard work and dedication to our country. The MMSCL Literacy Department has helped over 150 community members, from over 25 countries, achieve their goal of citizenship over the past 10+ years.
This year’s annual Citizenship Ceremony is a virtual presentation for you to watch online. Congratulations and welcome to our 14 new American citizens. Watch the ceremony on our Literacy Department Facebook page https://fb.watch/e4lsjH8pMX/ or CFLP YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/ftiNnlh0Qf0
We are very fortunate to have the support of our New York State elected officials, who sent certificates of congratulations to our new citizens. In addition, we thank the following elected officials for participating in our virtual ceremony and welcoming our new citizens: NY Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez, NYS Senator Anthony Palumbo, NYS Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., NYS Assemblyman Joseph DeStefano, Suffolk County Legislator Jim Mazzarella, and Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine. Thank you also to the William Floyd School District– High School Principal Mr. Scotto, NJROTC students and Commander Gaskill, music students and teachers Ms. D’Orio and Ms. Rivera.
Thanks to the generosity of donors from our community, as well as funds from our non-profit organization, the Community Family Literacy Project, we have the privilege of awarding citizenship scholarships to cover the $725 application fee to the Department of Homeland Security. Congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners and good luck on your journey to citizenship.