Buffalo experiences first "Code Blue" of winter

Posted at 2:15 AM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 07:54:00-05

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make sure that no one is left freezing on the streets on cold mornings like the one we experienced Monday morning.

The governor has issued an executive order that requires New York to look out for homeless people when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Previously a "code blue" was activated when temperatures fell below 19 degrees.

The executive order also requires local shelters to extend their hours. St. Luke's Mission volunteer Alvaro Lepe thinks that might put too much stain on shelters.

"We don't have enough resources or enough time to house people here because during the day we have school upstairs and we serve dinner and lunch during the day, so the only time we have is during the nighttime when it's really cold," said Lepe.

Cuomo said in his executive order that the state will help local service organizations with resources, facilities and expertise if needed. It is unclear how the state will do this though.




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