2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 49th City Council District

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Deborah L. Rose
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Member, NYC Council, 49th District (North Shore, SI)

Previous Occupation(s): Executive Director, Liberty Partnership Program, College of Staten Island

Education: Port Richmond High School, SI; B.A., History and Secondary Education, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Organizational Affiliations: SI Chapter, National Council of Negro Women (Life Member; Past President; Founder, SI Black Women's Health Initiative); Past Chair, SI Community Residential Center, NYS Division for Youth; Past Member, Board of Directors, SI Mental Health Society; Past Chair, SI Branch, New York Urban League's Education and Youth Committee; Past Member, American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Partnership Program

Prior Public Experience: Community Board 1 (Second Vice Chair; Youth Chair; Area Committee Chair); Member, District 31 Community School Board (Chair, Exceptional Children's Committee)

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 49 you would address if elected?

Public Education: Eliminating overcrowding; ensuring adequate funding to lower the student-teacher ratio; stopping forced school closings and co-locations; encouraging the development of community schools. Improve student achievement, graduation rates and retention.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Transportation: Fighting against unfair tolls; improving ferry and bus service.

Economic Development: Ensuring that proposed development provide good jobs and living wages; development and revitalization of neighborhood commercial strips; job development.

Public Safety: Funding for anti-violence programming; increasing recreational, training and job programs for our youth.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

My record of accomplishments, experience, and working to improve the quality of life for all 49th District constituents by championing legislation that among other things helps small businesses, addresses transportation needs, protects civil rights and workers' rights, and improves our education system. I have also provided critical funding for our schools, culturals, parks, non-profits, hospitals, and for road repairs. I will continue to give 110% effort to representing my district.


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Party Key
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • R = Republican
  • WF = Working Families