Debi Rose has been representing the North Shore of Staten Island in the New York City Council since 2010. She is currently serving her third term, and serves as Chair of the Council's Youth Services Committee.


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. In June 2019, she negotiated a rezoning of the Bay Street Corridor that secured more than $250 million in public investments, including a $92 million Cromwell Recreation Center, a waterfront park in Stapleton and a waterfront esplanade in Tompkinsville. The rezoning paves the way for housing affordable to residents at all income levels, as well as for seniors, and additional infrastructure improvements. In addition, Council Member Rose 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.

Councilwoman Rose successfully advocated for the relocation of the Jersey Street sanitation garage, which will open up New Brighton to a new era of economic revitalization. She spearheaded the successful effort to secure more than $30 million to build a new, state of the art emergency facility at Richmond University Medical Center. And having allocated more than $16 million in technology and other capital improvements to our schools, Councilwoman Rose spearheaded the construction of the North Shore’s first newly built elementary school in more than a generation at 357 Targee Street in Stapleton.


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, a state-funded drop-out prevention program. Under her guidance, more than 4,000 at-risk high school students achieved a 92 percent graduation rate through special counseling, tutoring and mentoring. Ms. Rose also served on the Community Board for 28 years and the Community School Board for 13 years.

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