Board of Education candidates

Board of Education Candidates

Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents will elect three members of the board of education on May 16, 2017. Five candidates filed nominating petitions for the available seats. The three with the highest number of votes will serve three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2017. The names appear in order here as they will on the ballot. 

Stewart L. Weisman, of Shadowrock, Manlius, is seeking his first term on the board of education. Mr. Weisman has lived in the district for 29 years, and he and his wife, Sara, have two children who graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Mr. Weisman previously served as an umpire for F-M Little League. He graduated from LaFayette High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brooklyn College and his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He is a tenured professor of criminal law and homeland security studies at Cazenovia College, is chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division and has administrative duties for seven programs, including the Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs. He is a federal mediation panel member, counsel to the New York Heart Center and a board member of both the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York and Legal Services of Central New York.  

Timothy P. Crisafulli, of Travertine Place, Manlius, is seeking a second term on the board of education. He has lived in the district for 16 years and currently serves as president of the board of education. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children: a daughter at Eagle Hill Middle School, a son at Mott Road Elementary School and a son who looks forward to starting kindergarten in 2020. Mr. Crisafulli graduated from Oswego High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a certification in social studies secondary education in 1994 from Le Moyne College; a Master of Social Science degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2000; a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2013. Mr. Crisafulli taught seventh-grade social studies at Eagle Hill Middle School from 1994-1999. He taught grades 9-12 social studies at Fayetteville-Manlius High School from 1999-2003 and again from 2005-2006. While teaching, he also served as a coach and club advisor. Mr. Crisafulli now practices law at Crisafulli Gorman, P.C., a firm located in Manlius that focuses on elder law, trusts and estates, tax law and business law. 

Daniel Seidberg, of Winding Creek Road, Manlius, is seeking his first term on the board of education. He has lived in the F-M district his entire life, having attended Mott Road Elementary School and Wellwood Middle School before graduating from F-M High School. He and his wife, Jenée, also an F-M graduate, have two children, one in eighth grade at Eagle Hill Middle School and the other in fourth grade at Enders Road Elementary School. He is a trustee of the FM Education Foundation, for which he is chair of its finance and legal committee, and has served as a youth soccer coach for 14 seasons, co-chair of the Cavalry Club swim team, and recently as a member of the F-M Community Facility Task Force. Mr. Seidberg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, where he earned a double major in psychology and philosophy. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Seidberg is a litigation attorney with his own law firm and is also the president and co-founder of an international internet communications company that provides technology and communication tools to fire departments, emergency medical services agencies and other first responder entities across North America. 

Kelly Fumarola, of Elm Street, Fayetteville, is seeking her first term on the board of education. She has lived in the district for 11 years, and she and her husband, Adam, have two children, one enrolled at Wellwood Middle School and the other at Fayetteville Elementary School. She is currently a Fayetteville Elementary School room parent and recently served on the F-M Community Facility Task Force. She is a former co-vice president and president of Fayetteville Elementary School’s Home and School Association and is a member of Temple Society of Concord in Syracuse. Mrs. Fumarola graduated from Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, New York, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Master of Science degree in education, both from the State University of New York at Binghamton University. She is self-employed as a consultant to institutions seeking grant funding, providing proposal development support and organizational, programmatic and strategic guidance. She also provides pro-bono consulting services for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. 

Rebecca Cohen, of Wheeler Avenue, Fayetteville, is seeking her first term on the board of education. She grew up in Fayetteville and returned about 2.5 years ago. She and her husband, Dr. Brendan McGinn, have three children, two who will attend kindergarten in the fall at Fayetteville Elementary School and another who is currently two years old. Ms. Cohen is a Fayetteville-Manlius High School graduate. She attended Brown University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She also earned her Juris Doctor from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. As an attorney, she has been a litigator and is a certified mediator. She was also the deputy director of development for Reach Out and Read, a national early education/literacy nonprofit. She serves on the board for the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse and is chair of the center’s Early Childhood Development Program Committee. She also serves as a mentor for Hopeprint, a nonprofit organization in Syracuse that supports resettled refugees. 

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