Phillips said her appointment of Democrats to two of four vacant village trustee seats during her term as Flower Hill mayor shows her ability to work with people of different political parties. “I am a firm believer in bipartisan government,” Phillips said. But she said a Democratic-controlled Senate would be bad for Long Island, because senators would push New York City rather than Long Island interests. Phillips said her experience as mayor in helping toughen village ethics rules reveals her commitment to fighting corruption. Phillips supports enacting a cap in state spending and making the state’s property tax cap — which expires in 2020 — permanent. She said the way the state and federal governments have implemented Common Core academic standards — including threats of punishment of schools with high levels of student opt-outs from standardized tests — is overreach. She wants to consult with experts to determine whether state Common Core rules should be reformed or repealed entirely. “We have got to give more control to the local level,” she said. “Who knows better how to educate our children than the local superintendent, the teachers, the administrators and the parents?”
Phillips, 56, of Flower Hill, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. She has been mayor of the village of Flower Hill since 2012 and was previously a village trustee in Flower Hill and Munsey Park. Phillips has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Penn State University. She worked in finance on Wall Street for nearly 23 years. Phillips is married with three daughters.