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INSIDE THE FLX: Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck; fair reverses gun decision, Peenstra joining as Undersheriff, visitation resuming at the jail (podcast)

In this episode, we visit with Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck and discuss the latest news from the department and larger issues of law enforcement.


  • Undersheriff Steve Smith is retiring at the end of the year. He’ll be replaced by current Seneca Falls Police Chief Stu Peenstra.
  • 30 years ago this week, Sgt. Vincent Spinelli was killed in the line of duty. 
  • The State Fair reversed its decision and will allow off-duty law enforcement and anyone with a valid pistol permit to carry a weapon at the fair.
  • Call volume within the road patrol division remains high this summer, up 20% in July over last year.
  • The department has handled 139 overdoses this year. The Sheriff warns of the increasing presence of fentanyl mixed in with other drugs.
  • There is now a 9-8-8 hotline for people to call if they are experiencing mental health problems.
  • In-person inmate visitation will resume at the county jail Monday, August 15 for the first time since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Sheriff and Auburn Police Chief James Slayton have challenged Auburn Community Hospital to a canned good drive leading up to Auburn’s Tomatofest on September 10. We’ll have a Tomatofest preview with Gilda Brower later this month on Inside the FLX.


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