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Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter and Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini are calling for the appointment of a full-time opioid czar. 

Last Friday, Assini shook up the bimonthly meeting of the local Opioid Task Force. Assini railed against what he perceives as a lack of leadership and a losing fight against heroin. Several members of the task force told WXXI News that Assini's outburst was "jaw-dropping." 

Jennifer Faringer chairs the task force and says it was like a bomb hit the room.

There's a new sheriff in town. Todd Baxter won a resounding victory over longtime incumbent Patrick O'Flynn in Monroe County. Sheriff-elect Baxter joins us to talk about his priorities going forward.