As bitter winter weather arrived in the Northeast, New York's governor 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.
"We have to get people in off the streets," Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
But the order faced resistance, including from...