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The FBI’s New York Office Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

FBI New York October 08, 2010

On October 6, 2010, FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) Janice K. Fedarcyk joined New York Division employees to celebrate diversity in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Congress first authorized National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1968 and Hispanic Americans now comprise approximately 7 percent of the FBI’s workforce population.

Left to Right: Musician Eddie Palmieri; ADIC Janice K. Fedarcyk; Program Coordinator Madeline Rodriguez and Singer Frankie Negron
Left to Right: Musician Eddie Palmieri, ADIC Janice K. Fedarcyk, Program
Coordinator Madeline Rodriguez, and Singer Frankie Negron
Photo Credit: FBI New York

The participants were also welcomed by the FBI Police Honor Guards and Program Coordinator Madeline Rodriguez who introduced special guests Eddie Palmieri and Frankie Negron. Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri, born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, spoke about his pioneering journey to becoming a Grammy Award-winning jazz musician. Salsa singer Frankie Negron spoke about what it was like growing up in a tough-talking Newark, New Jersey neighborhood and his eventual success as an expert narrator of audio books, recording vocals for children's stories, and ultimately becoming a famous salsa singer.

ADIC Janice K. Fedarcyk commended the contributions Hispanics have made to the FBI as agent and professional support employees. “Today we honor the rich history and traditions of Hispanic Americans across the country. Here at the FBI we are proud of our commitment to diversity, and I am happy to be here to join in this celebration.”

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