March 15, 2000 - Issue: Vol. 146, No. 29 — Daily Edition106th Congress (1999 - 2000) - 2nd Session
TRIBUTE TO JOSE AND MAGALY ROHAIDY; Congressional Record Vol. 146, No. 29
(Extensions of Remarks - March 15, 2000)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E320] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [[Page E320]] TRIBUTE TO JOSE AND MAGALY ROHAIDY ______ HON. BILL PASCRELL, JR. of new jersey in the house of representatives Wednesday, March 15, 2000 Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I would like to call to your attention the deeds of two distinguished members of the Hispanic community and the community-at-large, Jose and Magaly Rohaidy of West New York, New Jersey, who are being feted today because of their many years of service and leadership. It is only fitting that we gathered here in their honor, for they epitomize care, generosity and professionalism. Both of these eminent community leaders are dedicated journalists, Jose has served his profession since he was a young man in Havana, Cuba. He was the director for ``Radio Nacional'' of Cuba. The time spent working with this organization instilled in Jose the attributes necessary for him to become a stellar force in the journalism community. Jose has been a reporter for El Diario-La Prensa for more than 30 years. In addition he has worked with Radio WADO for more than two decades. Known for a questioning mind and an ability to get things done, Magaly Rohaidy has also had a distinguished career. She began in the textile industry in Cuba. In 1970 she founded Mini-Mundo Magazine and served as Director. She has also been a reporter for El Diario for more than 15 years. Jose and Magaly Rohaidy both were born in Cuba, and have been blissfully married for more than 42 years. They have four children, Lourdes, Maria Magdelena, Gabriel and Jose Gabriel. They are blessed with six grandchildren. This pair continually touches the lives of the people around them. Jose helped to organize the Puerto Rican Parades of Paterson and Trenton, the Hispanic American Parade of New Jersey, the Dominican Parade of New Jersey and the Peruvian Parade of New Jersey. In addition, he and his wife created the ``Toys Gift'' program for children at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Paterson, Barnert Hospital in Paterson, and the General Hospital of Passaic. As a public servant in New Jersey, Mr. Speaker, I can say that I can think of no people who work harder or care more about others than these two remarkable people. Perhaps the greatest tribute to Jose and Magaly are the numerous awards and accolades they have received. Jose was the first Hispanic reporter to be given an honorary degree from Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. The Martian Women Association of Union City proclaimed Magaly Rohaidy the Mother of the Year. This organization is named for Jose Marti, the National Hero of Cuba. Congress also honored her as ``the Woman of the Americas,'' and the New Jersey State Assembly named her as one of the 13 most notable women in the Garden State. Furthermore, Magaly was the Grand Marshal representing the Hispanic Community at the inaugural Hispanic-Italian- American Parade of New Jersey in Paterson. Mrs. Rohaidy is also the recipient of the Key to the City of Paterson. On a personal note, Mr. Speaker, as a Mayor, Assemblyman, and now as Congressman, I have been privileged to work with numerous outstanding individuals. Jose and Magaly Rohaidy fall into this category, as exhibited by the many achievements and awards detailed on this page. The best thing I can say about Jose and Magaly Rohaidy, however, is that I am proud to call them my good friends. Mr. Speaker, I ask that you join our colleagues, Jose and Magaly's family, friends, the State of New Jersey and me in recognizing the outstanding and invaluable service to the community of Jose and Magaly Rohaidy. ____________________