District 49 - Council Member - Democrat
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Deborah Rose

Deborah Rose

District 49 - Council Member - Democrat
Chair - Committee on Waterfronts
New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose holds the distinction of being the first African-American elected official from the Island, winning the 49th Council District seat (North Shore/Staten Island) in 2009. In that capacity she represents the communities of Clifton, Clove Lakes, Concord, Elm Park, Livingston, Mariners Harbor, New Brighton, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Rosebank, St. George, Snug Harbor, Silver Lake, Stapleton, West Brighton, Westerleigh, and Tompkinsville. On March 3rd, 2010, Council Member Rose was named the chairperson of the New York City Council Civil Rights Committee. Read more

Leader in Education, Health Issues 

A leader in the education community, Councilwoman Rose served on the Community School Board for from 1996 to 2009. As chair of the board’s Exceptional Children’s Committee, she helped place the Island’s first Handicapped Hearing and Visually Impaired evaluation unit. She fought for the creation of the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership and took part in shaping the admissions policy at the Michael Petrides School.

A strong advocate for health issues, Councilwoman Rose sat on the American Cancer Society’s- Women’s Breast Partnership, founding the Staten Island Black Women’s Health Initiative, a resource that informs and advises the community about breast cancer and the free services that are available to women.

Following her election to the City Council, Ms. Rose continued sponsorship of the CivicKids Initiative - a competition among North Shore intermediate schools that awards cash prizes to schools that create community service projects in their neighborhoods - launched by her predecessors and co-sponsored by the SIMHS. Most recently, Councilwoman Rose was a major force in the restoration of the Council’s “Under 5" mental health grant that funds early childhood mental health services at the SIMHS’s Head Start Centers and Port Richmond Day Nursery.  

District-Wide Initiatives

Councilwoman Rose is the founder of district-wide initiatives “I Am S.I./Yo Soy S.I.,”  and “The North Shore Anti-Violence Taskforce: 49 Strong” to promote the idea that we, as residents of Staten Island, are all members of a shared community, and that we must all take responsibility for ensuring that the Island is a safe and welcoming borough for people of all backgrounds.     

Prior to being elected Council member, Ms. Rose had served as the executive director of the Liberty Partnership Program at the College of Staten Island, a state-funded drop-out prevention program. Under her guidance, more than 4,000 at-risk high school students have achieved a 92 percent graduation rate through special counseling, tutoring, and mentoring.


Newsletter Spring 2012

General Information

Entered City Council: 01/01/2010
Current Term Expires: 12/31/2013

Represents: St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Snug Harbor, Livingston, New Brighton, Randall Manor, West Brighton, Silver Lake, Clove Lakes, Westerleigh, Clifton, Concord, Rosebank, Port Richmond, Elm Park, Mariners Harbor

Committees: Civil Rights committee; Aging; Education; Health; Higher Education; Oversight & Investigations; Transportation