On February 21, 2020, Albany Update commented on the legal and political challenges faced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo following the bombshell admission by his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, that the Cuomo administration had withheld full information on nursing home residents’ deaths from COVID-19 for political reasons. That admission led to an avalanche of negative media…

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On February 25, 2021, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took a brave and honest stand for parental rights and for the protection of young people with gender dysphoria (defined as distress caused by the feeling that one’s gender identity differs from one’s biological sex) from dangerous medical interventions. Sen. Paul spoke out about gender issues during…

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As Albany Update recently reported, LGBT advocates are pushing for federal legislation to reshape American society and marginalize or punish dissenting voices. Thankfully, the so-called Equality Act—which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 25, 2021—faces dim prospects in the U.S. Senate. However, the Equality Act is not the only pro-LGBT bill being promoted…

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In May 2019, the Michigan office of Bethany Christian Services (BCS)—the nation’s largest Protestant adoption and foster care agency, with offices in 32 states—agreed to begin placing children in homes headed by same-sex couples. BCS did not take this step of its own accord; the State of Michigan made a policy change that would, if…

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Bill S.392-Kaminsky/A.710-Rozic would require that prospective employees of nonpublic schools submit fingerprints through the State Education Department for the purpose of criminal background checks. This legislation, which would enhance the safety of students by requiring that criminal background checks be performed on prospective nonpublic school employees, is worthy of passage. The cost of the proposed…

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In March 2020, the Legislature passed Chapter 23 of the Laws of 2020, a law expanding the Governor’s existing authority to suspend statutes, rules, and ordinances during disasters. Chapter 23 broadened the definition of “disaster” to include “impending or urgent” threats and “disease outbreaks,” not just epidemics. It also empowered the Governor to issue directives…

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This post was updated on March 6, 2021. So far this year, there has been much speculation and discussion in Albany about curtailing the emergency powers that were granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, the Legislature passed Chapter 23 of the Laws of 2020, a…

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On September 13, 2010, Gov. David Paterson signed the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) into law. DASA contains a variety of provisions to address the problem of bullying in schools. It also bans discrimination and harassment against public school students on the basis of several criteria, including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression.”…

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In January 2019, the state of New York suffered a major setback regarding the sanctity of life when the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was passed. As many Christian New Yorkers will recall, the RHA is a late-term abortion expansion law that effectively allows third-trimester abortions for any reason; it also removed existing legal protections for…

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