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.
Prior to being elected to the City Council, Ms. Rose worked as the executive director of the Liberty Partnership Program at the College of Staten Island. Ms. Rose also served on the Community Board for 28 years and the Community School Board for 13 years. (Biography courtesy of the New York City Council).