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Buffalo’s homeless shelters will be inspected

Buffalo shelters for the homeless will be put under scrutiny, along with others in the state.

The inspections here will be led by City Comptroller Mark Schroeder.

The inspections will examine their physical and security conditions as well as finances, said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The inspections are underway, Cuomo said Thursday at an editorial board meeting at The Buffalo News.

Cuomo said he picked Buffalo and New York City for the homeless shelter inspections because they have the most, Cuomo said.

Cuomo said serious crimes have occurred recently inside homeless shelters in the state.

“So there are issues,” Cuomo said.

In his State of the State speech last month, the governor noted 2,500 violations in homeless shelters in the state during the last year for safety and health problems.

Also in January, he issued an order requiring homeless men and women to be evaluated by local authorities and brought into shelters when the temperature drops below 32 degrees.

On Thursday, Cuomo said that cold-weather rule has resulted in change.

“The enforcement went way up,” he said.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will evaluate homeless shelters “statewide,” Cuomo said.