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New York Politicians Find New Ways To Further Abortion Extremism

Earlier this year, the State of New York became an object of national revulsion when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law and lit up One World Trade Center in celebration. Some pro-abortion New York politicians want to go even further. Last month, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer proposed to…

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Senate Passes Paid Surrogacy

On Monday, June 11, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would legalize paid surrogacy in New York. The legislation, Bill S.2071-B-Hoylman/A.1071-C-Paulin, was passed by a vote of 40-21. Thirty-eight Democratic senators were joined by two Senate Republicans—Sens. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and Betty Little (R-Queensbury)—in supporting the bill, while 19 Republicans and…

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Prostitution Legalization Bill Introduced

On June 10, 2019, Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn) and Asm. Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill to legalize prostitution in the State of New York. Bill S.6419-Salazar/A.8230-Gottfried would make prostitution legal for consenting adults and would allow persons previously convicted of prostitution-related offenses to have those convictions vacated. According to the bill’s sponsors, attempting to…

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New York’s 2019 Vaccination Law Affects Christian Schools

On June 13, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.2994-A-Hoylman/A.2371-A-Dinowitz into law. The law went into effect immediately. This legislation, now known as Chapter 35 of the Laws of 2019, repealed the previously-existing exemption to child vaccination requirements for parents with religious objections to vaccinations. Many are asking how this new law will affect private…

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Senate To Take Up Paid Surrogacy Tuesday

Albany Update has previously reported on the ongoing effort to legalize paid surrogacy in New York. A vote on the paid surrogacy bill is planned in the State Senate on Tuesday, June 11 despite the fact that, as of June 10, the bill has not been acted upon by any Senate Committee. Furthermore, the Senate’s…

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Cuomo Takes ‘Pride’ In LGBT Activism

New York’s legislative session is scheduled to end June 19, 2019. Do you know what your Governor is up to? If you guessed, “Working on LGBT issues,” you’d be right. So far this year, Gov. Cuomo has signed the Bathroom Bill and the Counselor Coercion Bill into law. Apparently, however, he is not satisfied with…

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Trump Administration Takes Additional Action On Life And Liberty

The deeply divided and hyperpartisan nature of the current Congress makes it difficult to pass meaningful legislation in Washington, D.C. However, the Trump administration continues to take executive actions to advance principles of life and liberty. Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule “that would increase protections…

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Women Speak Out Against Legalizing Prostitution

Last month, Albany Update reported on efforts by advocates to legalize prostitution in New York. This month, we are pleased to report that opponents of legalized prostitution are pushing back. At a recent Albany press conference held by women’s rights groups, Rev. Dr. Que English, founder of Not On My Watch Inc., spoke of the…

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Nassau County Eyes Clergy Tax Exemption

Did you know that New York law provides a partial property tax exemption for residences owned by pastors and other members of the clergy? Real Property Tax Law Section 460 provides that residential real estate owned by an active member of the clergy, by a former member of the clergy who is unable to perform…

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Legislative Session Enters Last Lap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out his priorities for the remainder of the state legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 19. As usual, the Governor’s priorities are questionable at best. However, his words offer some encouraging signs for Christian New Yorkers. On May 28, Gov. Cuomo stated that his end-of-session priorities include…

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