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Cuomo’s Executive Order Will Round Up Homeless And Force Them Into Shelters

It seems Governor Cuomo will be showing the homeless a little love and compassion – whether they want it or not.

Cuomo, in his never-ending petty battle with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, has issued an executive order which will force homeless people off the streets and into shelters should the temperature drop below freezing.

Via CSM (HT Weasel Zippers):

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Sunday requiring homeless people throughout the state to be removed from the streets and brought to shelters when the temperature is below freezing.

In his executive order Sunday, Gov. Cuomo directed state agencies to take “all necessary steps to identify individuals reasonably believed to be homeless and unwilling or unable to find the shelter necessary for safety and health in inclement winter weather, and move such individuals to the appropriate sheltered facilities.”

In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression. In October 2015, the Coalition for the Homeless estimated over 59,500 homeless in New York City alone, including over 23,000 homeless children. And larger homeless populations have coincided with more shelter visits: The number of New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 86 percent higher than it was a decade ago.

“Everybody makes a New Year’s resolution or many people do. Well, this is a State’s New Year resolution, a New Year resolution for the State of New York and in many ways, its keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, right? Which makes it very simple” Cuomo says in an interview with NY1 Sunday morning. “It’s about love. It’s about compassion. It’s about helping one another and basic human decency.”

What kind of slippery slope are we engaging when it comes to “basic human decency?” A temperature of 32°F seems an arbitrary line. Hypothermia can occur at warmer temperatures depending on wind and rain conditions. If the governor is truly compassionate, would he not also force them into shelters under these circumstances as well?

De Blasio is already arguing that Cuomo’s executive order is not legal.

“We support the intent of the executive order, but to forcibly remove all homeless individuals in freezing weather, as the governor has ordered, will require him to pass state law,” said the mayor’s spokeswoman Karen Hinton in a statement.

“This executive order adds no legal or financial resources to New York City’s programs to assist the homeless and merely requires all New York state localities follow many of the same requirements as New York City to shelter families and individuals in need in freezing temperatures,” she said.

In public comments, de Blasio cited individual rights that Cuomo seems to have ignored.

“If someone’s not in danger, the law says that they still have rights to make that decision themselves,” he said.

In a series of tweets, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin mocked Cuomo’s decree against the homeless.

One homeless man named Alan told the Daily News, “No way I would go, It’s a violation of my rights.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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