On Jan. 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order to ensure that homeless individuals are directed to shelter when temperatures decline to 32 degrees or below, and requires homeless shelters extend their hours of operations so that those without shelter can remain indoors. Following Cuomo’s order, in New York City, 97 homeless New Yorkers who were on the streets overnight were brought indoors – 96 of them willingly, reports the Daily News. The city can remove someone against their will if they’re mentally ill and judged to be in imminent danger.
In Saratoga Springs, city Police Chief Gregory Veitch said department leaders are reviewing the executive order, and Mayor Joanne Yepsen told TWC News,
"I think more shelters are going to have to open in order to satisfy this executive order.” Code Blue Saratoga, which opened in December 2013, currently provides an emergency shelter during “extreme winter weather” - defined as 12 inches of snow or more, and temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit or less, to include wind chill factor.