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Minister McCoy Honored for Black History Month

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PRAHD children present Minister Robert McCoy with artwork congratulating him on winning the prestigious award.
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Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz and Assemblyman Craig Coughlin were speakers at the PRAHD event.
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Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott was pleased to honor Minister Robert McCoy.
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Yvonne Lopez, president & CEO of PRAHD, joins for a photo with attendees.
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Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (l), Verizon Vice President Samuel Delgado (center) and PRAHD Chairman Bob Durso (r) all played key roles in the event.
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PERTH AMBOY – For four years, to mark Black History Month, the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) has honored distinguished African-Americans who have made great strides in improving the lives of people throughout Middlesex County.

This year, more than 100 people came together at PRAHD’s headquarters in Perth Amboy to bestow the “Arturo Alfonso Schomburg African American History Month Award” to Minister Robert J. McCoy for his work in urban and community redevelopment.

The room was a who’s who in Middlesex County political and cultural circles, including Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.), Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, as well as many other city officials, PRAHD directors and community supporters.

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“It is our honor to be here today with Minister McCoy to express our deep appreciation for his support of Perth Amboy and the surrounding communities,” said Yvonne Lopez, president & CEO of PRAHD. “Minister McCoy has worked tirelessly for decades to help all people attain their dreams. He truly embodies the heart and soul of this award.”

Minister McCoy is the founding Executive Director of the Cathedral Community Development Corp. (CDC) in Perth Amboy and now has the distinction of administering one of the most prominent CDCs in New Jersey, with operations in Perth Amboy and Asbury Park.   

Minister McCoy has been actively involved in the community, having served as President of the Perth Amboy Kiwanis Club and is now second vice president of the city’s chapter of the NAACP. He is also active on the Perth Amboy Library Board of Trustees and is a member of the Raritan Bay Area YMCA in Perth Amboy.  Minister McCoy was also recently elected to serve as Public Advocate to the Middlesex County Democratic Black Caucus.

“I want to thank everyone here today,” Minister McCoy said. “This is truly an honor. I am especially grateful to PRAHD and all the incredible work the agency does in this community.”

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