New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge Michael Hanusczak swore-in new American citizens during a naturalization ceremony today at 11:30 a.m. at Storer Auditorium, Onondaga Community College.
The event was presented in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Americanization League of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Sworn-in will be 51 candidates from 21 countries including Australia, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vietnam.
New citizens with OCC connections include Faris Shaalan, a 62-year-old student from Iraq whose daughters, Dunya and Midia Shaalan are also students here. They became U.S. citizens in October.
Sarah Robin will also be naturalized. She was the first restaurateur-in-residence at “With Love,” OCC’s teaching restaurant located at 435 North Salina Street. Robin is a native