Councilwoman Debi Rose is a second-generation Staten Island native and the first African American from Staten Island elected to any public office. She won the race for the 49th Council District seat in 2009 by a 32-point margin, and was re-elected by similar margins in 2013 and 2017.
Subsequent to her November 2017 re-election, Councilwoman Rose was appointed Deputy Majority Leader and Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Youth Services. In addition, she sits on the Aging; Education; Justice System; Resiliency and Waterfronts; Rules, Privileges and Elections; and Transportation committees, as well as the council’s Budget Negotiating Team. As Chair of the Youth Services Committee, Councilwoman Rose led the successful fight to restore summer youth programs in the city budget and expand the Summer Youth Employment Program to include slots for 70,000 young New Yorkers.
Councilwoman Rose has secured millions of dollars in public investments in the North Shore during her years in office, leading to a new Renaissance on the North Shore. She has successfully worked to create thousands of jobs, build and renovate nearly a dozen parks, expand waterfront access and increase student capacity in North Shore public schools by more than 1,200 seats.