Elected Officials

Town of Manlius Government

Sara Bollinger

Town Councilor

Sara has worked in the not-for-profit sector, representing people with disabilities, children in foster care, refugees, veterans and other disadvantaged groups. As an agency Executive Director, Sara has demonstrated leadership and managerial skills. She now owns a management consulting business.

Sara and her husband, Chris have lived in the Town of Manlius for more than 30 years and have been active with the community. Sara has also participated in regional, state and national associations. She is a member of the Village of Fayetteville Planning Board and the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce.

Sara believes that informed and engaged citizens are the backbone of sustainable communities. She has practiced civic engagement through issue advocacy, political action and public service. She believes in collaboration and the ability of people with different and sometimes opposing views to work together for a common cause.  

Katelyn Kriesel

Town Councilor

Katelyn is a hard working, single mom who started her own successful business and founded a not-for-profit while raising her two daughters. Katelyn is a Financial Advisor at Hansen’s Advisory Services in Fayetteville, where she practices Socially Responsible Investing, helping her clients to achieve their financial goals while investing in companies that meet their values. She is also the President and Founder of the Sustainable Economies Alliance, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to raise community awareness regarding economic sustainability and empowerment. The Alliance has had several successful initiatives, including the Reinvest CNY campaign and the Financial Education Initiative. Previously in her career, Katelyn was the Project Coordinator of the Solarize CNY campaign to help people go solar, which added more than 2 MW of solar energy to a five county region in Central New York, including her parent’s house in the Village of Manlius. She continues her work in renewable energy as a consultant. 

While she is very passionate about her work, her first priority has always been her family. Katelyn grew up in Manlius, and as a 2005 FM graduate, Katelyn knew the town was the best place to raise her two daughters, Alianna and Vivienne. The girls both attend Fay El, and all three absolutely love their community.

Katelyn has been passionate and engaged with her community from a young age, and is looking forward to serving the residents of Manlius as their Town Councilor.

John Deer

Town Councilor

John worked as a Database Developer at a local company for years before jumping into local politics. John is always looking for ways to bring technology to bear, solving problems and bringing to light new perspectives with his love of data analysis.

John was the Vice Chair of the Town of Manlius Democratic Committee and works diligently to empower Democratic candidates around Onondaga County. John ran a robust campaign for Town Clerk in 2017 and worked on the campaigns of Mike Montes for Onondaga County Sheriff and Dana Balter for Congress in 2018. Recently John worked as the Field Director of Tony Malavenda for Onondaga County Executive.

John and his wife, Prerna, a Registered Nurse, moved to Central New York in 2013 and fell in love with the Fayetteville-Manlius area. They set down their roots, making the Town of Manlius their home and know it is a great place to raise children. John will bring energy, an important technology perspective, and strong analytical skills to the Board. 

Elaine Denton

Town Councilor

Elaine is a passionate advocate for social equity that will use her voice to ensure the Town Board represents the people who live in the Town of Manlius. She volunteers with Moms Demand Action, the Syracuse Peace Council, CNY Solidarity Coalition and Indivisible NY24. She runs her own graphic design business and uses her knowledge of design, technology, and communication to enable all members of our community to be informed and participate in our government.

Elaine grew up on a dairy farm her family has owned for 8 generations in West Winfield, NY. She graduated from Mount Markham High School and earned her bachelor degree in New Media Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Elaine has lived in Manlius for over 10 years with her husband, Matthew, their children, Caprice, Lionel and August, and an assortment of chickens.

Heather Waters

Town Councilor

Heather is ready to be a collaborative Town Councilor, using her 20 year track record of working with people of every political stripe in business, law, education, and the arts. She supports smart growth and invites more residents with young families and newcomers to participate in our community.

A Town of Manlius native, Heather graduated from F-M High School, earning her undergraduate degree in politics from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s in negotiation and conflict resolution from Columbia University. Heather is a senior external relations executive, and she will apply her experience securing project investment to her work with our Town. Heather serves on the Advisory Council of OCM BOCES Innovation Tech High School, loves our parks, and advocating alongside people with disabilities for employment opportunities. Heather lives in Fayetteville with Sterling Waters and their 7 year-old, Riley.

Onondaga County Government

Marty Masterpole Onondaga County Comptroller
Marty Masterpole
Onondaga County Comptroller

New York State Government

Al Stirpe
Al Stirpe
Assemblyman District 127
Senator John Mannion
John Mannion
Senate District 50
Tish James
Letitia “Tish” James
NY Attorney General
Kathy Hochul
Kathleen C. Hochul
Lieutenant Governor
Andrew Cuomo
Andrew M. Cuomo

United States Federal Government

Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator
Chuck Schumer
Chuck Schumer
U.S. Senator