Willis said she wants to attract businesses that would appeal to shoppers and children. She said she wants to reduce taxes: "less taxes are better for everyone." Tax breaks and payment in lieu of taxes can be incentives to bring in business "that would not necessarily come," she said. If the city attracts more businesses "that will help offset some of the tax burden for residential" property owners, she said. Willis said the waterfront development and the Piazza mixed-use project will be "great for the Glen Cove community and bring a lot of attraction and business."
Willis, 34, of Glen Cove, is running on the Conservative and Reform lines. She is a health care administrator at Winthrop-University Hospital and previously worked on the clinical side as an ultrasound technician. She received a bachelor's degree in health administration and a master's degree in public administration from LIU Post. She serves on Glen Cove's Community Development Agency. She has a daughter.