Government officials, school administrators, and parents across New York are wondering whether—and how—schools will re-open this fall. On July 8, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a timeline for plans and decisions regarding school re-opening. The Governor stated that his administration was in the process of finalizing guidance on school re-opening, adding that the guidance…

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Last week, Albany Update commented on the recent federal district court decision in Soos v. Cuomo. In that case, a preliminary injunction was issued to prevent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio from unfairly limiting the plaintiffs’ religious gatherings. In response to the Soos decision, New…

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For the past several months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been dogged by repeated questions about the March 25, 2020 directive from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) that required nursing homes to admit patients with COVID-19. Despite intense media scrutiny, this DOH directive remained in effect for 46 days; during that time, New…

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On July 8, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an important decision relating to religious liberty and the sanctity of life. In Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, 591 U.S. _____ (2020), the Court decided a lawsuit involving the infamous Obamacare insurance mandate requiring employers to…

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In a July 8, 2020 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the rights of faith-based schools to manage their own affairs without government interference. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, 591 U.S. _____ (2020), the Court heard two cases filed by former Catholic school teachers who claimed that their former…

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At both the state and federal levels, advocates for homosexual behavior and gender confusion have been stunningly successful at implementing their policy proposals over the past decade. In New York, the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)—an anti-bullying law that forces public schools to accommodate homosexuality and transgenderism—was passed in 2010. With the enthusiastic support…

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On June 23, 2020, The New York Times reported that the leader of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, Laura McQuade, had been fired following “mounting complaints about abusive behavior and unfair treatment of black staff members.” According to the Times, hundreds of current and former Planned Parenthood employees signed letters laying out various allegations…

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