NYLJ: Cuomo’s Order to Remove Homeless From Streets Is Challenged

Another Executive Order has been issued based in large part on an “emergency.” What emergency you ask, homeless people on the streets of New York City when the temperature drops below zero. The New York Law Journal Reported:

As bitter winter weather arrived in the Northeast, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring the homeless to be forcibly removed from the streets in freezing temperatures, an unprecedented government intervention that faced immediate legal questions and backlash….

The order, believed to be the only one of its kind in any city or state, would require communities to reach out to their street homeless populations and take those people to shelters, voluntarily or not, once the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below….

The Department of Justice’s civil rights division has increasingly cracked down on municipalities for enacting laws criminalizing sleeping on public streets even as many U.S. cities are battling a surge of homelessness during the dead of winter.

Advocates are concerned and it seems that this emergency order is without sounds basis when homeless people have been living on the streets of New York for quite sometime…

Read the entire article here: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202746298606/Cuomos-Order-to-Remove-Homeless-From-Streets-Is-Challenged#ixzz3wUFneF00