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Staten Island Advance, "3 Democrats offer voters tough choice: Jon Del Giorno, Mike McMahon and Debi Rose have run energetic campaigns," Friday, September 07, 2001, By JUDY L. RANDALL

Rarely have Staten Island voters been treated to the kind of substantive, issue-oriented debate and dialogue that three topnotch Democrats with strong community roots running for the open North Shore City Council seat have offered to residents of the district.
Ms. Rose, a resident of Mariners Harbor, is a former member of the District 31 School Board and has served on Community Board 1 for the last two decades. In addition to winning the School Board seat, fellow Democrats elected her to serve as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention last year -- making her, of the three, the only proven vote-getter. If elected to the Council, she would be the first African-American to win such a post on Staten Island.
Ms. Rose heads the Liberty Partnership, a dropout prevention program based at the College of Staten Island.
All three have highlighted the issue of education during the course of the campaign. But Ms. Rose was the most pointed in her remarks on the topic during the editorial board meeting, calling outright for the resignation of longtime District 31 Superintendent Christy Cugini, saying he has a "lack of vision." McMahon and Del Giorno tempered their criticism of the local management team, saying only that some changes should be made.
But they disagreed -- again, politely -- over future use of the site of the old Navy home port in Stapleton. Ms. Rose called for a mixed-use scenario, with commercial, recreational and public access components, as in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Ms. Rose said her "grass-roots campaign" mirrors her "community activism" and would be indicative of the kind of leadership she would bring to the Council.

Staten Island Advance, "North Shore Dems duke it out at Rotary luncheon During joint appearance -- candidates wage war on reforming the Board of Education," Wednesday, September 05, 2001 By TOM WROBLESKI

North Shore City Council candidates Michael McMahon and Debi Rose disagreed yesterday over how to reform the city Board of Education. The two Democratic candidates made a joint appearance at a luncheon meeting of the Staten Island Rotary Club in the Staaten, West Brighton.
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In her general remarks to the audience of about 50, Ms. Rose touted her work with the Staten Island Mental Health Society and with the Liberty Partnership, which helps kids stay in school. She said the Island had been the victim of overdevelopment and "neglect," and said the borough needed a comprehensive development plan.

New York Times, Saturday, September 1, 2001, "Staten Island Endorsements:"

"....But Ms. Rose has shown a particular energy and persistence in the face of party opposition to her candidacy. We endorse Deborah Rose, who hopes to become Staten Island's first African-American political officeholder. "

Staten Island Advance, Friday, August 31, 2001, "Council hopeful: Island must plan for development -- Democrat Debi Rose, seeking the North Shore seat, is one of a number of candidates busy on the campaign front," By TOM WROBLESKI

North Shore City Council candidate Debi Rose yesterday painted a picture of a Staten Island "in transition" and said the borough has to plan for its burgeoning population and increasing ethnic diversity.
"We have not adequately planned for the population we have," said Ms. Rose, who served as co-chair of the Staten Island Census Full Count Committee. The soaring population, including immigrants from across the globe, has led to overdevelopment, overcrowded schools and "abysmal" traffic, she said.
"Attached homes have sprung up like weeds, and changed the character of Staten Island," said Ms. Rose. She said the Island needed a comprehensive contextual zoning plan. "What we're doing is development by proxy, a Band-Aid approach," she said.

Staten Island Advance, Thursday, August 30, 2001, "Programs for women, kids pushed -- Debi Rose, a North Shore Council candidate, wants increased funding for day-care and health initiatives," By TOM WROBLESKI

North Shore City Council candidate Debi Rose yesterday called for increased funding for programs for women and children. Ms. Rose said more money is needed for day care services and women's health initiatives, and said these issues "had not been addressed" thus far in the campaign for the North Shore seat.
"Children are our most important asset," said Ms. Rose.
As a member of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, the candidate said she fought to have 80 additional Head Start seats for the North Shore. She said the city should spend capital dollars to build new day care centers and repair the old ones.

Citizens Union of the City of New York:

"Deborah Rose epitomizes positive, hands-on public service and has a superb knowledge of the immediate and long-term needs of her community. Her experience in serving her community makes her Citizens Union's preferred candidate."

Staten Island Advance, Wednesday August 22, 2001 N. Shore Council hopefuls make statements Debi Rose calls for more city services for senior citizens , By TOM WROBLESKI

Debi Rose, a Democratic candidate for the North Shore City Council seat, yesterday called for more city services for senior citizens, including affordable housing.
"Seniors shouldn't have to run to Florida to retire," Ms. Rose said, during a press conference outside the Parkside Senior Apartments in Port Richmond. "They should be allowed to age in the community they are accustomed to."

Staten Island Advance, Tuesday August 14, 2001 "Council candidate offers proposals on education: Debi Rose, a North Shore Democratic hopeful, calls for increased school spending and a wage hike for teachers," By TOM WROBLESKI

North Shore City Council candidate Debi Rose yesterday called for increased school spending, a pay raise for teachers and term limits for the borough school superintendent and Community School Board members.

Staten Island Advance, Wednesday August 08, 2001 By JUDY L. RANDAL:

Also qualifying yesterday under the money-match program were the three Democrats vying for the North Shore City Council seat in next month's primary. Debi Rose, Michael McMahon and Jon Del Giorno, who has the Democratic Party's endorsement, each received $75,350.

Staten Island Advance, "City raising salaries for poll workers: Pay hikes are first step toward revamping electoral process," By STEPHANIE SLEPIAN, Wednesday August 08, 2001 :

The announcement comes on the heels of a call from two Democratic North Shore City Council candidates to restructure the Board of Elections and an insistence that a third candidate in the district give up his position on the board.
Candidate Debi Rose said on Monday that Jon Del Giorno, the board's administrative manager and the third Democratic North Shore Council candidate, should resign his post to "avoid the appearance of impropriety." .... "I think that's great, because the increase in monetary compensation expands the pool of people interested in working at the polls," said Ms. Rose last night. "I hope the increase in funds will also be used to provide comprehensive training and improve the competency level of the workers."

New York Times, "Growing Diversity Prompts 3-Way Fight" By JONATHAN P. HICKS, August 8, 2001:

But what once might have been a straightforward contest between two candidates with deep Democratic roots has been complicated by the presence of Deborah Rose, an administrator at the College of Staten Island. Ms. Rose is vying to become the first black council member elected in the borough.
While the district is mostly white, with large neighborhoods of Irish- American and Italian-American families, it has nonetheless become the most diverse community in Staten Island, with a growing population of immigrants from the West African countries of Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria. It is now nearly 20 percent black. Similarly robust immigration from Mexico, Ecuador and other South American countries has pushed the district's Hispanic population to slightly more than 20 percent.
Ms. Rose, 49, directs a program that seeks to reduce high school dropout rates. She said is seeking to appeal not only to black and Hispanic voters, but also to women and liberal whites in the district. "With that kind of formula, I can win," she said. "I don't think anyone should write this campaign off."

Staten Island Advance, "Council hopeful offers zoning plan for North Shore," Tuesday August 07, 2001 by Judy Randall:

Democratic North Shore Council candidate Debi Rose yesterday set forth a comprehensive zoning plan for the North Shore, saying "development should improve communities, not ruin neighborhoods."
Ms. Rose said the city should consider retrofitting certain historic buildings for other uses, such as establishing a new school on the North Shore, and said that, if elected, she would be "aggressive" about seeking federal monies to establish a light rail or a monorail system along the North Shore rail line.
Ms. Rose said the city should consider retrofitting certain historic buildings for other uses, such as establishing a new school on the North Shore, and said that, if elected, she would be "aggressive" about seeking federal monies to establish a light rail or a monorail system along the North Shore rail line.
"We are tearing down existing homes in order to squeeze in high-density townhouse developments that are inconsistent with our neighborhoods," Ms. Rose said. "We need to comprehensively revise zoning so that it matches existing neighborhood patterns."
She also said it has taken "too long" to designate as historic districts parts of Stapleton, St. George, Port Richmond and the neighborhood around Snug Harbor, sites that have been considered by the city for such status since the mid-1990s.


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