Sheriff O'Flynn and Todd Baxter spar over opioid crisis response

October 10, 2017 07:21 PM

The candidates for Monroe County Sheriff faced off for the first time on Tuesday.

Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn and Democratic challenger Todd Baxter took the stage in a Rotary Club debate.

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During the debate, Baxter, the former Greece police chief, argued that the sheriff isn't doing enough to fight the opioid crisis. But O'Flynn cited jail and task force work to prevent overdose deaths.

"We've very proud of the efforts we've done so far and we look forward to working with all of our partners on the opioid task force to make a real difference because this is not strictly a law enforcement issue," the sheriff noted.

"We can't keep on throwing programs at it," Baxter said. "We need to step back, regroup and look at this as though it's a true problem. Where's the operations center? Where's the command post? Where's the intelligence officer? What would you do if there are 196 bodies lying around because of a flood or a hurricane? We need to take this on a little more seriously."

Voters will decide on the race four weeks from Tuesday.

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