Cuomo: Cold Will Make 'Tens of Thousands' Homeless

Could put 30K to 40K out on the street in NYC

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 4, 2012 9:49 AM CST

(Newser) – Plummeting mercury will put "tens of thousands" of people out on the street, by way of making their unheated and storm-damaged homes uninhabitable, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "It's going to become increasingly clear" that cold temperatures are going to force out residents who have thus far refused to leave their homes; Michael Bloomberg says New York City estimates it will have to find emergency housing for between 30,000 and 40,000 people, reports the AP.

A New York City Police officer manages a line of drivers waiting for gasoline, in New York, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
A New York City Police officer manages a line of drivers waiting for gasoline, in New York, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo adjusts his shoulder straps as he prepares to take a flight in a New York Air National Guard helicopter Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo adjusts his shoulder straps as he prepares to take a flight in a New York Air National Guard helicopter Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Commuters wait for buses along Queens Plaza South during the morning rush, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Queens.
Commuters wait for buses along Queens Plaza South during the morning rush, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Queens.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A New York Air National Guard helicopter flies past lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 in New York.
A New York Air National Guard helicopter flies past lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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