Council Member Debi Rose is a second-generation Staten Island native and the first African American from Staten Island elected to the New York City Council. Elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017, Council Member Rose serves as Deputy Majority Leader for the City Council and Chair of its Youth Services Committee. In addition, she sits on the Aging, Education, Transportation, For-Hire Vehicles and Justice System committees, as well as the council’s Budget Negotiating Team. Council Member Rose has made economic development, education, public health and public safety among her priorities. In the Fiscal Year 2017 and 2018 budgets, Council Member Rose spearheaded the successful effort to secure $25 million to build a state of the art emergency facility at Richmond University Medical Center—among millions of dollars to strengthen our infrastructure, schools, parks, cultural institutions and nonprofits. In October 2013, Council Member Rose successfully secured the largest economic development project to ever come to Staten Island. Generating more than 1,150 100% union construction jobs and 1,350 permanent jobs, the project brings to her district the world’s tallest observation wheel and the first high-end outlet mall in NYC.