OpEd: Suffolk on Brink of Fiscal Disaster

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s official: For the second year in a row, Suffolk County has been rated the most fiscally stressed county in the state. This assessment is not from some think tank; this is directly from the New York State comptroller’s office, and the report shows what I have been saying all along: Suffolk is in a fiscal crisis.To say that the county is showing “significant” fiscal stress, like the report said, is a gross understatement. According to the state comptroller, Suffolk’s general fund balance is running a deficit of more than $91 million. That is more than three times the figure from three years ago. It also shows that, since 2016, expenditures have outpaced revenues. That is because our current county executive, Steve Bellone, is spending more than the county is taking in and continues to borrow against our future. And because of our junk bond status, he will borrow at higher interest rates, burdening the county’s taxpayers.This is not a problem that can be solved by increasing taxes. The truth of the matter is, unlike what Bellone would have you believe, most county taxpayers in its five western towns have experienced annual tax increases averaging about 4 percent per year over the past several years, well above the 2 percent tax cap. County residents are simply taxed too much and can no longer afford to live here.We are in a fiscal free fall, with insufficient cash flow, making it difficult to pay the county’s bills. We are now in a position where we are having difficulty meeting our financial obligations from week to week. Many of our vendors are receiving delayed payments, putting significant financial stress on them as well. It means these companies will not meet payroll, employees will not be paid on time, jobs will be in jeopardy and, in many cases, a reduction in services to the taxpayers.The tax-and-spend policies of this administration have created this fiscal crisis and have hurt Suffolk taxpayers. This has to end. John M. Kennedy is a candidate for Suffolk County executive.last_img read more

San Diego’s camos provide invisibility, forest superiority

first_imgSome uniforms look good (such as Penn State), some look bad (any team in purple) and many are just sort of silly (this year’s Sacramento Kings alternates). The San Diego Padres managed to roll all three of these into one compact outfit however, with their camouflage uniform. What does being a dad, priest, or from San Diego, for that matter, have to do with wearing camos? Absolutely nothing, but for a traditional losers like the Padres, it comes down to wanting to win, even at the cost of looking more out of place than Joe Paterno at an Eminem concert.Teams wearing white in hot climates, like the Miami Dolphins, can be a plus, but usually it boils down more to luck than design as someone has to wear white (unless your talking about Brad and Angelina’s wedding). The fact is no team enjoys a true uniform advantage over another, save one team. The Padres.While their opponents are wearing white or gray and are easily spotted from a distance, the Padres can become virtually invisible when wearing their military wear. Do you know how hard it is to throw to a nearly imperceptible batter, or to try and hit a baseball that apparently materializes out of thin air? Opposing teams don’t stand a chance: that is, until San Diego needs to turn a double play, the one drastic downside.And should a post-game round of man-hunt or paintball break out in one of the forests of San Diego, the Padres will be the hands-down favorites every time out. You can bet tubby Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padre ever, wishes he were around when these threads were first introduced in 2001. Usually the first one out in any kind of athletic competition involving hitting a participant with an object, due to his sizeable target area, Gwynn could dominate. Plus, what is more slimming than invisible? Chicks dig slim. So let’s recap. The Padres uni’s make them invisible, unbeatable in forest competitions and potentially get Gwynn, ladies. Yeah, chalk another one up for Miami Dave and the Padres.last_img read more

Unbeaten Saints play host to Thompson Rivers

first_img“We were able to roll four lines and get everybody involved. Defensively we kept things tights and limited shots and chances.”Selkirk opened the season with a 7-2 pasting of Eastern Washington Eagles.Chris Hurry picked up his first BCIHL shutout with a 13-save performance between the pipes.Thompson Rivers currently sit tied for top spot with the Saints, both teams with four points.However, the Wolfpack have played two more games than the Saints.Game time for both games, Friday and Saturday, is 7:30 p.m. Twelve goals in two games that both resulted in wins.It doesn’t look like the Selkirk Saints are rebuilding, it looks like the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champs are reloading.The Saints take a 2-0 record into a back-to-back home weekend against Thompson Rivers University at the Castlegar Complex.”I thought we had a slow start and didn’t really get up to full speed until the second period, but once we did the pressure and execution were as good as we’ve seen so far this season,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois after Selkirk shutout University of Victoria Vikes last weekend 5-0.last_img read more


first_imgPeter Eurton3673419%39%$389,959 Bob Baffert3995623%51%$866,086 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME THURSDAYThe 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School charitybasketball game will be played this Thursday night at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be back for his 16th consecutive season as Jockeys’ Coach. Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita.Following are Santa Anita jockeys scheduled to participate with their sponsors in parentheses: Norberto Arroyo, Jr. (Baltas Racing), Tyler Baze (Dennis O’Neill), Rafael Bejarano (Eclipse Racing), Brice Blanc (Ruis Racing), Chad Lindsay (Phil D’Amato), Austin Solis (Solis/Litt Bloodstock), Chantal Sutherland (Bonne Chance Farm), Corey Nakatani (M. Auerbach, LLC), Josh Desormeaux (Desormeaux Racing).Also,  Edwin Maldonado (Dollase Racing), Flavien Prat (LNJ Foxwoods), Jamie Theriot (ERJ Racing), Joe Talamo (KM Racing Enterprise, Inc.), Mario Gutierrez (Cash Call), Martin Garcia (Bayern), Stewart Elliott (Little Red Feather Racing), Tiago Pereira (PH LOBO & Friends), Victor Espinoza (West Point Thoroughbreds), and Hall of Fame Jockeys Laffit Pincay, Jr. (Stud RDI), Gary Stevens (Spendthrift Farm), Mike Smith (Arrogate) and Kent Desormeaux (Desormeaux Racing). Vladimir Cerin3076523%60%$227,214 Kent Desormeaux9319111020%43%$1,198,541 J. Keith Desormeaux3172523%45%$435,270 Mark Glatt50911518%50%$385,455 Luis Contreras849102111%48%$450,157 Jockey TRAINER ‘HAPPY’ WITH GORMLEY’S WORKOUTSham Stakes winner Gormley, one of the West’s leading Triple Crown contenders,worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s “fast” main track Monday in 47.80 under regular rider and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza.Working in company with Shazara, who was clocked in 48.20, Gormley could make his next start here in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 11, or the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 18.John Shirreffs, who trains Gormley and additional Triple Crown contender Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Royal Mo for Jerry and Ann Moss, could run Gormley in the San Felipe and Royal Mo in the Rebel, or vice versa. He has not rendered an official decision.“He went good,” Shirreffs said of Gormley. “I’m happy with both horses at this point.”Added Espinoza, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2002 (War Emblem), 2014 (California Chrome) and 2015 (with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah): “Gormley felt good. He galloped out nice.“He does things so easy; you couldn’t ask for anything better.” Flavien Prat14637202525%56%$2,375,513 Mike Smith35113931%66%$1,152,445 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Tiago Pereira69107714%35%$297,655 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.68106415%29%$511,390 Victor Espinoza3889621%61%$555,927 Peter Miller651614625%55%$931,930 FINISH LINES: Illuminant, winner of the Grade I Gamely Stakes last May 30, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s “fast” main track Monday morning in 1:00.40, “I’m very pleased,” said trainer Michael McCarthy, who plans to run her in the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf at a date to be determined. Illuminant was scratched from the Buena Vista Stakes Saturday when the race was moved from turf to dirt to due inclement weather . . . There was a single winning Pick 6 Sunday that paid $128,792, purchased for $864 through a Northwest hub . . . Bettys Bambino, prepping for $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes on Saturday, worked four furlongs Monday for Peter Eurton in 49.20. Eurton also supervised a six furlong drill for Kobe’s Back, who was timed in 1:12.40 as he readies for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs March 11. With regular rider Gary Stevens not quite ready to resume riding after having his right hip replaced on Dec. 21, Eurton is in need of a rider and could seek the services of world class reinsman Javier Castellano . . . The top four trainers at Santa Anita this meet are separated by only four wins: Jerry Hollendorfer (17), Peter Miller (16), Richard Baltas (15) and Phil D’Amato (13) . . . With two wins Sunday, Flavien Prat opened a 37-29 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze among jockeys . . . Racing mourns the passing of 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic, who died suddenly Sunday at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky. Owned by Robert B. Lewis and his wife, Beverly, bred in Kentucky by Parrish Hill Farm and William Farish, and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Charismatic was 21. He won the 1999 Kentucky Derby under the late Chris Antley and was named that year’s Eclipse Award champion three-year-old colt. He had five wins from 17 starts and earned $2,038,064 . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Santiago Gonzalez85812109%35%$413,267 Stewart Elliott9811111611%39%$520,102 GORMLEY WORKS FOR POSSIBLE START IN SAN FELIPESANTA ANITA JOCKEYS CHARITY GAME THIS THURSDAYTHE MARDI GRAS COMES TO SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAYGRADE I WINNER ILLUMINANT WORKS FOR WISHING WELL (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 19) Jerry Hollendorfer8617111720%52%$1,275,774 Martin Pedroza769131412%47%$404,328 Tyler Baze15529331719%51%$1,379,456 Richard Baltas8615151317%50%$799,364 Doug O’Neill10011211811%50%$1,004,916 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler40781018%63%$461,824 William Spawr2192243%62%$264,271 Upcoming Trackside events at the Winter Meet: Feb. 25, Mardi Gras Celebration; March 18, Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival; March 18, St. Patrick’s Day; April 8, Santa Anita Derby Day Extravaganza; May 6, Kentucky Derby Day Celebration; May 13, Tacos y Cervezas; May 20, Preakness Party; May 27, Gold Cup Beer & Sour Festival; and May 27, Belmont Day. Philip D’Amato591371022%51%$804,760 MARDI GRAS COMES TO SANTA ANITA SATURDAYThe bayou comes to Santa Anita Park this Saturday, Feb. 25, for the first-ever Mardi Gras Trackside celebration. Join in on the festivities a few days early and let the good times roll.The all-inclusive $28 package includes authentic Cajun fare courtesy of “Ragin’ Cajun on Wheels” (your choice of ½ shrimp or ½ catfish Po’ Boy sandwich with choice of side, or a combo plate comprised of red beans and rice with smoked sausage and Gumbolaya, (a Ragin Cajun on Wheels specialty), live music, loads of Mardi Gras-inspired decorations, one 12 oz. craft beer, Club House admission, racing program, tip sheet and trackside seating.For more info and to purchase your ticket visit: http://www.santaanita.com/events/mardi-gras-at-santa-anita-park/ Joseph Talamo941281613%38%$413,498last_img read more

niceEshop(TM) Bun Maker Roller Braid Twist Elastics Pins Hair Design Styling Tools Kit ,Black : Thanks to these my daughter helps me In the morning

first_imgIt would have gotten more stars had there been proper instructions of use, instead of little bits of paper. Great buy, very good price, arrived quickly. . Perfect hair bits, lack instructions but most things can be found with tutorials on you tube. Good selection of hair styling products, very low price. I particularly like the bun makers. Bought for daughter who is happy with it. It does the job it’s supposed to. I love this little collectionHair styling stuffGood if u want 2 play about with ure hairThe hair loops both broke very easily and some of the items I have no idea Loved this, everything was there including instructionsThanks to these my daughter helps me In the morningniceEshop(TM) Bun Maker Roller Braid Twist Elastics Pins Hair Design Styling Tools Kit ,BlackBrand new full functions bun maker tool kitFeatures 16 different hair tools to help whip up a variety of fashionable looksLearn to make hair design magically with this toolInclude all necessary tools required for making beautiful bunThis set is pre-selected and sold as pictured Thanks to these my daughter helps me in the morning. Great love them , my daughter has been super quick getting ready for school thanks to these she now has time to help me. Lovely variety of items for the hair. Only problem was the amount of time it took to arrive, but worth the wait defo. Loved this, everything was there including instructions. Loved this, everything was there including instructions, some of them a little hard to follow but on the whole very pleased. I use almost every single one of these things. I love them all, all of them are excellent for hairstyles. Good if u want 2 play about with ure hair. Good if u want 2 play about with ure hair , but no instructions so hav’nt worked everything out , not so good if u cant work them all out. I bought this for fun and style you can create with it. \nice fun hair style items to try out. I love this little collection. I love this little collection. There are a few bits in it that i haven’t used (the headband and the velcro bits) but the rest are great and well worth it as a selection of hair doo dads. I have no idea how to use half the stuff in the kit but it came quickly and the quality is really good. The donut broke after first use but for the price can hardly complain well worth what they charge for it. Quite a few items for your money altho not sure what some of them are for as no instructions ??. Full instructions too in english,worth a punt. Total worth the money spent plus more iv seen some of the things in this bundle with a lot more than this ???. The hair loops both of those broke quite quickly and some of the items i have no idea. The hair loops both equally broke really effortlessly and some of the products i have no plan how to use. But for the cost, not terrible at actually.Good variety, particularly the velcro pads which you stroke about hair to give extremely sleek complete, if you are carrying out a ponytail for illustration. The recommendations are rather dodgy however.last_img read more

Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu crashes out, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma enter quarters

first_imgPV Sindhu suffered a shock loss in the second round but Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma advanced to the quarterfinals to keep India’s flag flying at the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Thursday.Sindhu, who is ranked 4 in the world and seeded third for the tournament, was shown the door by Hyun Ji Sung of South Korea 24-26 20-22 in fighting 59 minute duel.With Sindhu’s exit, India’s challenge ended in the women’s singles after Saina Nehwal had made a first round exit.But India’s men’s singles shuttlers had a good day in office with Srikanth and Sameer progressing to the last eight round, albeit with contrasting results.Fourth seeded Srikanth, who had claimed a silver medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games, had to dig deep in his reservoir to outwit fellow Indian H S Prannoy 18-21 30-29 21-18 in a thrilling match, clocking an hour and seven minutes. Srikanth will face either Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto or Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.Sameer, however, qualified for the quarterfinals after his formidable opponent, Olympic champion Chen Long pulled out of the competition due to injury. He will face either Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus or local hope Lee Cheuk Yiu on Friday.However, mixed doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 17-21 11-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Hsu Ya Ching to bow out of the tournament.Men’s doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri also failed to clear the second round hurdle, losing to Chinese Taipei combination of Jhe-Huei Lee and Yang Lee 16-21 15-21.advertisementEarlier, the match between the two trainees of the Pulella Gopichand Academy turned out to be a pulsating contest as former world no 1 Srikanth did the catch up act with Prannoy enjoying the early spoils.Prannoy, who had defeated Srikanth at the Senior National final last year, moved neck-and-neck till 9-9 before the former jumped to a 14-10 lead.Srikanth clawed back at 15-15 before Prannoy again moved ahead to secure the opening game.The second game was a cliffhanger as the duo played out of their skin, giving nothing away. After a close-battle, Srikanth grabbed a slender 11-10 lead at the break, which evaporated soon as Prannoy took a 15-12 lead.Srikanth again drew parity at 16-16 and moved to 19-17. However, Prannoy took two points to make it 19-19.After that, there was nothing to separate the two as both kept taking points alternatively before Srikanth managed to grab the upper limit of 30 points first to pocket the game and roar back into the contest.In the decider, Srikanth continued his momentum surging to a 11-4 lead at the interval. Prannoy caught up at 16-16 before Srikanth again moved ahead to seal the contest.(With inputs from PTI)Also watchlast_img read more

Arsenal’s dominance doesn’t pay against Man Utd

first_imgArsenal v Manchester United De Gea shines as Arsenal fail to make outrageous dominance pay against Man Utd Robin Bairner 20:24 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) David de Gea, Manchester United Laurence Griffiths Arsenal v Manchester United Manchester United Arsenal Premier League Stats A double salvo early on put Jose Mourinho’s men in complete control and they made the most of their advantage largely thanks to their goalkeeper Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday was widely hailed as a thrilling fixture that showcased much of the best of what the Premier League has to offer. It was played at a high tempo, offered plenty of excitement and was bursting with quality.Unfortunately for Arsenal, much of that quality came from the man in the Man Utd goal, with David de Gea producing what will go down as one of the performances of his life to keep the Gunners at bay in an encounter they dominated yet somehow ended up losing with a degree of comfort.Certainly, the match was shaped in the opening quarter of an hour, when the visitors struck through Antonio Valencia and then Jesse Lingard, while Shkrodan Mustafi was withdrawn injured for the hosts.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It allowed United to play in the counterpunching style that they thrive upon, and while Arsene Wenger’s men did get one back thanks to Alexandre Lacazette in the second half, Lingard pounced again to effectively kill the match off, even in spite of Pogba’s subsequent red card.In possession, Wenger’s spent an eye-popping 45% of their time in Man Utd’s final third, but somehow failed to make their dominance pay. ARS MAN UTD USThe statistics show just how outrageous Arsenal’s domination of this encounter was, with the shot count especially startling. While their opponents mustered only five shots of any kind, three of which ended as goals, the Gunners had an incredible 21 efforts, of which all but six found the target. Indeed, the shot map displays the startling quality of opportunities that the hosts had and how hard De Gea had to work to keep them out. But virtually all the key matrixes were slanted heavily in the favour of Wenger’s men, who enjoyed 75 per cent of possession, making 656 passes to their opponents’ relatively meagre 222 with far more accuracy to boot. Arsenal won the battle for corners 12-1 and even enjoyed a far higher tackle success rate, despite a supposedly inferior defence. Mourinho has this game sussed, though. He knows that ultimately the only important figure is the number of goals scored, and to that end his team were outrageously efficient, striking ahead early to give them a cushion they were never likely to risk. Man Utd may have been second best, but that certainly did not stop them from coming through first ahead of their big derby with City next week.All stats featured in the article came courtesy of the Goal+ app, exclusive to Samsung devices. Download the most cutting edge football app now!last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Arsenal striker Smith: Cahill not the signing Emery needs

first_imgEx-Arsenal striker Smith: Cahill not the signing Emery needsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith says they should ignore the chance of signing Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.Cahill was heavily linked with the Gunners before he signed for Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012.“Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea,” Smith told the Daily Express.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days agoEx-Southampton coach Bowen tips Elyounoussi to return after Celtic spell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Southampton coach Bowen tips Elyounoussi to return after Celtic spellby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Southampton coach Mark Bowen expects Mohamed Elyounoussi to return to the club after a spell with Celtic. The Norwegian moved north of the border this summer after a poor debut campaign at St. Mary’s.”Ross [Wilson] was behind the signing and really rated him as well,” said Bowen.”But it was maybe just the wrong timing for him. Mo needs a lot of the ball to go and do what he does best.”He might not have been ready for the Premier League at that time but, after a year at Celtic, I expect him to go back to Southampton and be far better prepared. “He has to convince them that he can do a good job for them but I’m sure he can because he’s an excellent boy and a top player.” last_img read more

Harm reduction workers post list of demands to combat opioid crisis in

first_imgTORONTO – Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.A string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths has put the issue of opioid use under the spotlight in Toronto in recent days.Last week, the city announced it was speeding up the opening of three supervised injection sites, and widening the distribution of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to public health staff, community agencies and first responders. It also asked local police to consider having some officers carry naloxone.This week, more than a dozen harm reduction workers met with Toronto Mayor John Tory on Thursday to discuss the recent rise in overdoses. One attendee described how two workers had to leave early to respond to two overdoses that took place during the meeting itself.Tory said in a statement that the stories he heard from front line workers were “heart-wrenching” and said he would speak with Ontario’s health minister to get more help from the province.Jacob Nagy, a peer supporter at the Queen West Health Centre said that providing social housing that caters to drug users, with specific “harm reduction beds,” would make a difference.“In a regular shelter bed if you get caught using, you get discharged and that’s the difference. The harm reduction beds will turn their heads if they see you using,” said Nagy, who explained that being discharged can lead to people using drugs in a less controlled environment where they could overdose and die.“People are living in poverty and they’re using (drugs) to cope.”He also said that drug users would be less afraid to call 911 if police only responded to overdose calls while carrying naloxone.“With the police being there, it makes people feel vulnerable and at risk of arrest,” said Nagy. “Ultimately, it puts lives at risk.”Advocates also said immediately opening interim drug use spaces would save lives while the city prepared three supervised injection sites that are expected to open later this year.“We’re in the midst of a crisis now, and waiting until the fall for the safe injection sites means that more people will die unnecessarily,” said Jessica Hales, a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty“Hopefully we can prevent that by having public sites available so people can intervene if there’s and overdose.”But Coun. Joe Cressy, Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel, said that demand was not feasible as injection sites are governed by federal rules.He said, however, that the city was doing everything it can to deal with the rise in overdoses, adding that Toronto needed more action from the provincial and federal government to make bigger strides.“Front line harm reduction workers are losing their friends, their co-workers, they’re losing their clients, and they’re not seeing the level of inter-governmental response that’s required, and I agree with them,” said Cressy, who said he sympathizes with the harm reduction community’s frustration.“While I’m immensely proud of the committed hard work of city staff … I’m the first to acknowledge that just as the provincial and federal governments need to do more, we need to do more as well.”last_img read more