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Cuomo Announces Plan To Protect Homeless On Cold Nights

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On Sunday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order to protect homeless individuals across the state from inclement winter weather.

The order is intended to ensure the homeless are able to find relief from  freezing temperatures. It directs shelters to extend their hours of operations in the event of air temperatures at or below 32 degrees, including National Weather Service Calculations for windchill.

Calling into 1010 WINS Sunday morning, Cuomo called the plan a New Year's resolution for the state of New York.

"We all start with the New Year’s resolution that says we could be better - we could be a better person, we could be better as a society. And I signed an executive order that says in freezing conditions, people with no place to go shouldn’t be left on the street."

Cuomo says the State will assist local social services districts if they are lacking facilities, resources or expertise.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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