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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.
Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief will open a new district office in the Miramar City Hall, with office hours beginning tomorrow and every Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Miramar City Hall is located in the Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place in Miramar.
Collaboration, creating jobs, education and immigration reform were among the many priorities publicly discussed at the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of the Broward County Congressional delegation. Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs emceed the event introducing U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Frederica Wilson and Lois Frankel. “Whether the issue before them is our nation’s debt ceiling, gun control, or the social safety net that so many South Floridians depend on, I am confident that these men and women can overcome them by working together to achieve real solutions,” said Mayor Jacobs. “Your constituents expect you to serve our community, our state and our nation with great distinction. I have no doubt that each of your will do just that.” Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca, Dale Holness and Sue Gunzburger joined dozens of city and County leaders, elected officials and judges in attendance for the event.