Influencing Legislation and Legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

New Hope Files Federal Challenge To Protect Its Religious Freedom Rights

Earlier this year, New Hope Family Services—a Christian nonprofit adoption provider, foster care placement agency, and pregnancy center based in Syracuse—received a letter from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services stating that New Hope would be required to change its adoption policies or stop providing adoptions altogether. The policy that OCFS…

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Single-Payer Health Care: Another Big Government Proposal

According to State Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), a self-described “downstate lefty” who is the ranking Democratic Member of the Senate Health Committee, an amended version of a single-payer health care bill is coming soon. Sen. Rivera is the Senate sponsor of the proposed the New York Health Act, a disastrous proposal which provides for a…

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Compensation Committee Recommends Big Raises For Government Officials

It looks like New York politicians will get a substantial pay raise next month. Since 1999, New York lawmakers have received a base salary of $79,500, with committee chairs and legislative leaders receiving additional stipends. According to the Gotham Gazette, “[s]tatewide elected officials, legislators and agency heads are slated to get pay raises next year…

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Trump Administration Continues To Promote Commonsense LGBT Policies

During and after the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s statements on LGBT issues caused concern for some Christians. In April 2016, Trump criticized North Carolina’s common-sense bathroom law, asserting that North Carolina “should allow people to use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.’” (Days later, Trump shifted his position, making a states’ rights argument in support…

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Senate Democrats Make Historic Pick For Majority Leader

As Albany Update has previously reported, there is a sea change coming to the State Capitol with the Senate Democratic Conference securing enough legislative seats to handily control the State Senate next year. With the changing of the guard, comes a change in leadership. On November 26, 2018, the Senate Democrats unanimously chose Senator Andrea…

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‘Boy Erased’ is Movie Misleading

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3). The secular left’s ongoing campaign to reshape the United States in its image is conducted on multiple fronts, including politics, the courts, education, and the…

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‘Legal’ Colorado Leads Nation In Teens Trying Pot

According to Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), more young people are trying marijuana for the first time in Colorado, the first state to allow recreational marijuana than anywhere else in the nation. SAM’s conclusion is drawn from a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the US Department of Health and…

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Democrats Tout Bathroom Bill On Transgender Day

On November 20, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the spire of One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge would be lit in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. According to the Governor’s press release, the structures were to be “illuminated in the colors of the transgender flag [on November 20, 2018] in memory of…

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We Give Thanks

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast…

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