Order requires shelter for homeless as temps dip
A new executive order requiring shelters in New York to take in homeless people when the temperatures drop below freezing is receiving mixed reactions.
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the order calling for police and social services to move people into shelters during freezing weather - even those who may not want to go.
It's a plan strongly supported by state Sen. David Carlucci, who says it will ensure that no homeless person is left behind as temperatures turn dangerously cold.
On the other hand, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is giving the governor's order the cold shoulder.
"The constitutional issues in taking people off the streets must be carefully evaluated," Astorino says in a statement. "Helping the homeless is a lot more complicated than simply rounding them up and bringing them to a shelter."
However, Cuomo vows to defend his order should it head to court, saying it's the best way to protect the homeless from hypothermia and possibly death.
The order goes into effect Tuesday.