Influencing Legislation and Legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Confidentiality Protections Extended To Trafficking Victims

On August 1, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.5444-Salazar/A.7515-Cruz (now Chapter 141 of the Law of 2019). This legislation expands the state’s already-existing address confidentiality program. The program already provided a mechanism for domestic violence survivors to keep their addresses confidential. The new law expands the program, making address confidentiality available to survivors of…

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Preliminary Injunctions In Vaccination Cases Denied

In recent days, two legal challenges to New York’s new vaccine law met with major setbacks. After New York repealed the religious exemption to its child vaccination requirements this year, lawsuits were filed in state and federal court by parents’ groups. According to the Albany Times Union, six parents sued in federal court on the…

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Conflicting Transgender Cases Call For Clarity

Two recent federal court decisions regarding “transgender” issues demonstrate the great need for clarity in American public policy regarding sex and gender identity. Last month, a federal judge in Alaska ruled in favor of a Christian shelter for battered women that had been accused of discriminating against a “transgender” individual. In January 2018, Hope Center…

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NYCF’s September Prayer Needs

During the month of September, 2019, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms covets the prayers of our friends and supporters in the following areas: That the fall events held by our affiliate organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, will be well-attended and edifying; That the Lord will continue to bless our efforts to renovate our ministry…

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Parental Rights Play Second Fiddle To School’s Transgender Agenda

Earlier this month, a man named Jay Keck published a disturbing article in USA Today concerning his daughter’s struggle with gender dysphoria. The article highlights the role of school personnel in his daughter’s confusion. According to Mr. Keck, his daughter—who is on the autism spectrum—displayed no signs of gender dysphoria in her childhood. As a…

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Court Battles Continue Over Legislators’ Outside Income

How much should members of the New York State Legislature be paid? Should they be allowed to hold other positions, or should their outside income be limited? Who should decide? These questions have been discussed in Albany for many years. Recently, they have been discussed in court, too. After lawmakers (unwisely) created a Compensation Committee…

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State Waives Military Marriage License Fees

A recently-signed bill will make it a little bit easier for active-duty members of the United States Armed Forces to get married. On August 20, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.3756-Mayer/A.55-Buchwald into law as Chapter 177 of the Laws of 2019. The new law waives the state’s portion of the marriage license fee for…

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Planned Parenthood Chooses Abortion Over Family Planning Funding

The Protect Life Rule recently implemented by the Trump administration left Planned Parenthood with options. One option was to comply with the Protect Life Rule. Compliance would mean that Planned Parenthood’s Title X family planning programs, which provide “access to contraceptive services, supplies and information,” would have to stop referring patients for abortions and would…

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State Accepting Comment Regarding Substantial Equivalency Regulations

Proposed regulations that have been issued by the New York State Education Department threaten the continued existence of Christian schools here in the Empire State. According to Section 3204 of the Education Law, “[i]nstruction given to a minor elsewhere than at a public school shall be at least substantially equivalent” to the instruction that student…

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NYC Schools Adopt New Gender Inclusion Guidelines

The effort to institutionalize a warped view of gender that conflicts with both faith and science has, unfortunately, moved forward in New York City schools. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, the New York City Department of Education has adopted new “gender inclusion” guidelines for the upcoming school year. Here are the highlights (or lowlights): Outside…

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