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Why would a homeless person opt to sleep on the streets instead of enter a shelter? Concerns about safety, to start. “It’s a choice you make whether you want to go into the shelters or not,” Michael Booth, a homeless man on the Upper West Side, told CBS New York. “There’s too much violence in the shelters — they’re very dangerous.” In his radio interview Monday, de Blasio danced around a question about the legality of the executive order — which Cuomo has said he’s willing to take to court — although in a statement obtained by the Associated Press, Karen Hinton, a de Blasio spokeswoman, was more clear on the matter. “We support the intent of the executive order, but to forcibly remove all homeless individuals in freezing weather, as the governor has ordered, will require him to pass state law,” she said in a statement, according to AP. “This executive order adds no legal or financial resources to New York City’s programs to assist the homeless and merely requires all New York state localities to follow many of the same requirements as New York City to shelter families and individuals in need in freezing temperatures.”