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Flower Hill’s deputy mayor to lead village

Flower Hill Trustee Robert McNamara, who also serves

Flower Hill Trustee Robert McNamara, who also serves as the village's deputy mayor, has been named to succeed Elaine Phillips, who is heading to Albany in January. Photo Credit: handout

Flower Hill trustee Robert McNamara, who also serves as the village’s deputy mayor, has been named to succeed Elaine Phillips, who is heading to Albany in January.

The board also appointed a new trustee, Frank Genese, to fill McNamara’s previous role on the board. Genese, 57, an architect and longtime Flower Hill resident, has also served on the village Planning Board, Architectural Review Committee and the town of North Hempstead’s Historic Preservation Committee.

The village board includes the mayor and six trustees, several of whom will be seeking re-election in March. McNamara, 72, will run in a special election to serve the last half of Phillips’ two-year term. Genese will also be up for re-election in March.

A new deputy mayor will soon be appointed, which will give the village “a full board again,” said village administrator Ronnie Shatzkamer.

Phillips, 56, a Republican, tendered her resignation on Monday, a month before she takes office to represent the 7th District in the State Senate. She was elected three times as mayor.

In a previous news release she said it had been a privilege to serve in the position, listing accomplishments such as cutting taxes and increasing transparency and trust in local government.

In November, Phillips narrowly defeated Democrat Adam Haber in the race for the Senate seat vacated by state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury), who ran unsuccessfully for Congress.

The State Senate reconvenes in January.

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