DeWitt John Sharon has decided to challenge Sam Roberts for the privilege of representing the citizens of the 128th NY Assembly District in this fall’s election. We need to know who John Sharon is and where he stands on the issues.
Where did you live as a child, and where did you go to school?
When I was born, my family lived on Bissel Street. My father was a police officer. He passed away when I was sixteen, so my mother took on the role of two parents. She supported the family waiting tables at places like Three Rivers Inn and worked in the kitchens at a number of other local restaurants. We moved to Marcellus where I attended school and graduated from Marcellus Schools. I have one sister, Elizabeth.
I graduated from Syracuse University Law School, while working full time and attending school full time. When I look back, it was difficult, but definitely worth the hard work.
Who is John Sharon today?
I worked for thirty-five years for the Onondaga County Department of Law where I started as an investigator. Eventually I was asked to assist the County Attorney on claims and special cases; eventually retiring as Senior Claims Attorney in charge of litigation. I built a level of successful litigation, and I believe I helped save the people of the County a good deal of tax money. Today, I’m an attorney in private practice and father to three children. I also have a mutt named Leon that we adopted from Helping Hounds Rescue Dogs. He never complains and is happy for a walk and having his ears scratched.
What do you see as the problems in Albany?
Well not necessarily in order, but we have a runaway Medicaid system. It’s costing taxpayers approximately $60 Billion per year. Certainly we can provide equal coverage and perhaps even better coverage for less money with better management and oversight. It’s a major problem, but it’s one we should be actively trying to fix. We can’t just keep spending money and not get value for what we are funding.