“I’d improve the education because you won’t get involved if you don’t know what’s going on. It’s fostering participation.”
He said the county hasn’t had a housing-rehabilitation grant for 11 years, but “the bulk of that money goes to local contractors and suppliers.”
He noted that “improving our buildings puts dollars into the local economy and helps us with energy conservation and, I’m hoping, energy production.
“It would mean improved health because there would be less exposure to the weather, and it would alleviate stress.”
Sherwin believes “we can easily produce energy we can use. It’s ironic and sad that we are energy producers but can’t get power. If we can improve access to Robert Moses power, we could provide it to local areas at a lower price.”
As a retired physician, he said, “health care is important to me. Franklin County is on track to collect $14.5 million in taxes this year, and the Medicaid expense is more than $10 million, so there needs to be efficiencies on how we obtain Medicaid.
“We have to aggressively look at exchanges and develop a cost-effective way to provide Medicaid. We need to improve access to care for people who fall between the cracks instead of sending them to the ER, which we end up paying for, too.”
He believes the County Industrial Development Agency should team up with IDAs in neighboring counties “to really market ourselves as a region versus a one-man or two-man office. We can join forces with them to generate more money around here.”
As far as county-budget decisions, “layoffs can’t be made without consulting with the department heads,” Sherwin said. “As a legislator, I think we ought to have significantly more input from the department heads before I make a decision on what is to be eliminated.”