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About Heather 

"It has been my honor to serve. In addition to the Comp Plan, I'm so proud of our pay equity audit, Open Podium, and the way we have embraced green sustainability. All of these activities make us more resilient to external challenges and a better place to live."

As a Councilor in the Town of Manlius, Heather represents more than 30,000 residents. She was elected to the Manlius Town Board in 2019 and invites residents with young families and newcomers to participate in government. Heather authored the updated Town public meeting rules and launched the Open Podium public comment program. She also initiated and oversaw the Town's pay equity audit. Heather chairs the Police Committee, serves as Co-chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, and Tree Commission, and is a member of the Critical Response and Deer Management committees. 

Heather is a fundraiser and trained mediator. She works with entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa at Akili Ventures, recently consulted with the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation to secure capital funding, and from 2013-2021 served as an Assistant Dean for Advancement at Syracuse University School of Education. She advocates alongside fellow LGBTQIA+ residents and the disability community. Born and raised in the Town of Manlius, Heather lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Sterling Waters, and their 11-year-old, Riley.

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