ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Cuomo’s executive order mandates that whenever the temperature is at or below freezing, local shelters and police reach out to the homeless to help get them off the street.
However, the order also requires that officials look after the safety of the homeless even if they don’t seek shelter.
This requirement is prompting backlash from both authorities and the homeless themselves.
Homeless individuals argue that forcing anyone into a shelter violates their fundamental freedoms, especially if they are not adequately protected from theft or personal injury.
Authority figures say that this level of government intervention into personal affairs is unprecedented.
Cuomo maintains his position in the face of staggering cold weather fatality statistics.
The CDC says 35 people in New York die each year from exposure to cold temperatures.