| Kenneth Mitchell|
| Hofstra University (B.A.)|
Deborah "Debi" Rose is the Council member for the 49th District of the New York City Council. She is a Democrat.
The district includes Arlington, Bloomfield, Bull's Head, Castleton Corners, Clifton, Concord, Emerson Hill, Fort Wadsworth, Graniteville, Grymes Hill, Howland Hook, Mariners Harbor, New Brighton, Park Hill, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Rosebank, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, St. George, Stapleton, Todt Hill, Tompkinsville, West Brighton, Westerleigh and Willowbrook on Staten Island.
Debi Rose Wikipedia
Rose, a native Staten Islander, was born and grew up in the West New Brighton neighborhood on the North Shore of Staten Island. One of three children, Her parents were the late Louis Carrington, a descendant of Sandy Ground settlers, and the late Muriel Billups, a founder of the Staten Island chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. Her maternal grandparents owned one of two black-owned funeral homes on Staten Island, and were community leaders.
She is a graduate of Port Richmond High School, where she was a member of the Staten Island's NAACP youth group and the Vice President of her senior class. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Hofstra University. She currently resides in Arlington, Staten Island.
Prior to running for the city council seat, she spent several years advocating on school funding issues and health issues. She was elected in 1996 to the now-defunct New York City Board of Education. She has been a member of the Staten Island Mental Health Society and the American Cancer Society - Women's Breast Partnership. She established the Staten Island Black Women's Health Initiative.
In the September 2009 Democratic primary, Rose defeated incumbent Kenneth Mitchell by 16 percentage points. She defeated Mitchell (Conservative Party of New York) and Timothy Kuhn (Republican Party) by a wide margin in the November 2009 General Election. She easily was re-elected in 2013. Rose currently serves as the chairperson of the New York City Council Committee on Civil Rights.
Rose was the subject of a lawsuit filed by five Staten Island voters. The voters alleged that Rose was under billed for a services provided by Data and Field Services (DFS), a political company created by the Working Families Party. DFS provides such services as phone banking, polling and get-out-the-vote efforts. Rose should have paid DFS $100,000, but the lawsuit alleged that her campaign was under billed because she was endorsed by the Working Families Party, which violates election laws. Rose's campaign settled by paying DFS $8,525, and did not have to acknowledge any wrongdoing on the behalf of her campaign or DFS.