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(Miami-Dade County, FL) – In a moving ceremony surrounded by family, friends, and residents, County Commissioner Lynda Bell was formally sworn –in as Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners by Miami-Dade County Court Judge, the Hon. Gladys Perez. 
Thank you! As I enter this new chapter in my professional life, I thank God for bestowing his many Blessings upon me and my family - for through his infinite Grace, all things are made possible and nothing is insurmountable. No matter the obstacles.  I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our highly esteemed Chairwoman, Rebeca Sosa, for nominating me and entrusting me to discharge the duties which this important post requires.
TALLAHASSEE FL. —Yesterday, Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Miami) filed House Bill 169 to protect renters, municipalities and counties’ public works departments. The proposed legislation creates penalties when a landlord fails to disclose to unsuspecting renters that the rental property is in foreclosure or the mortgage is in default. “Countless Floridians have been victimized, while suffering devastating losses in these deliberate schemes to defraud,” said Representative McGhee. “This bill seeks to stop such harmful practices. It is not fair to either the renter, municipality or county public works department to use tax dollars to benefit landlords who engage in these deplorable acts.”
Rosedale, NY: Jamaica Diaspora U.S. North East Advisory Board member Irwine G. Clare, Sr. OD recently announced his endorsement of Jamaican born Michael R. Duncan for the 31st Council District seat in New York. The objective of the Advisory Board is to strengthen the linkages with the Jamaican Diaspora and to advise the Minister with responsibility for the Jamaican overseas community on matters relating to that community. The City Council election will be held on February 19, 2013 and will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Council Member James Sanders, Jr., who has accepted a seat in the New York State Senate. "The candidacy of Michael Duncan is a positive development in the (continued) growth and influence of the Diaspora" Clare said.