|Name||Deborah "Debi" Rose|
Staten Island, New York , United States
Dec 24, 2014 11:21pm
|Info||Deborah "Debi" Rose is a 2nd generation Staten Island native who has devoted the last twenty-eight years to the betterment of the North Shore community. In a wide range of elected and volunteer positions, she has proven herself an effective advocate for all of the North Shore on issues ranging from public health, education, seniors, and youth, to concerns about the environment, economic development, and housing. |
Debi has been a member of Community Board #1 on the North Shore of Staten Island for the past twenty years and in a number of other roles including Second Vice-President and Chair of Youth Services and Areas Committee. Debi has become familiar with all the North Shore neighborhoods and gained a reputation as a diplomatic advocate for the issues that concern us. She was the chair of the committee to rename and dedicate Route 440 North as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Expressway. She served as Co-Chair of the Borough President's Census 2000 Advisory Board to insure a complete count of all Staten Island residents. She has been an opponent of building a bus garage in West Brighton and the opening of a coal port in Mariners Harbor. She voted against the closing of Bayley Seton Hospital's Emergency Room and other major Health Services.
Debi Rose is a leader on education issues, both in elective office and in her professional career. A successful candidacy for a seat on the school board in 1996 gave her the means to monitor the disbursement of school board funds. She fought diligently for a new school for the North Shore and petitioned the Chancellor for a fair and equitable admission policy for the Michael Petrides School. As chair of the Exceptional Children's Committee, she helped win the placement of the first Handicapped Hearing and Visually Impaired evaluation unit on Staten Island. She has been the Executive Director for 11 years of the Liberty Partnerships Program at the College of Staten Island, a state-funded drop-out prevention program. As Director she has navigated over 1600 intermediate and high school "at risk" students through to graduation, providing tutoring, counseling, and mentoring services, advocating for parental involvement and building public and private partnerships. Under her direction, the program has achieved an 89% graduation rate.
Champion for Youth
In a variety of community projects, Ms. Rose has demonstrated concern for the Island's youth. For 11 years she was a member of the Community Board #1's Youth Service Planning Committee evaluating and approving many services for North Shore youth. She was also the chairperson for Education and Youth Committee of the NY Urban League - Staten Island Branch. She sits on the Governance Board and Bylaws Committee for an outstanding youth initiative, You Participate in Solutions. As the longest-serving president of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Debi started the Evelyn Marshall Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships annually to two students of The College of Staten Island. She served as chairperson for the Staten Island Community Residential Center of NYS Division for Youth, a facility that prepares teenagers and young incarcerated women for re-entry into the community. As a board member of the Mental Health Society she successfully lobbied for 80 additional Project Head Start seats for the New Brighton community.
Advocate for a Healthier Island
For Debi, health and mental health issues are extremely important. As a member of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, she advocated for the mentally and developmentally disabled. An active member of the American Cancer Society - Women’s Breast Partnership, she founded the Staten Island Black Women’s Health Initiative, a resource service that informs and advises the community on breast cancer and the free services available to women.
In the 2000 Presidential primary election she proved this again as the top vote getter when she won a position as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 1996 she won election to Community School Board #31 with the highest first place total of any candidate. Her work on various financial committees and planning boards has given her the experience she needs to be a wise steward of public funds. Evidencing her amazing tenacity, Ms. Rose was elected to represent the 49th District of the NYC Council, Staten Island’s North Shore, on November 3, 2009. With her reputation as a problem solver and her extensive knowledge of the issues facing the North Shore, she looks forward to her role to serve the diverse communities of Staten Island’s North Shore Community on the City Council.