Preserving Religious Liberty

NYCF opposes all initiatives that seek to limit the fundamental rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the free exercise of religion, and supports equal access for Christian students and for churches and Christian groups that use public buildings.

NYCF Asks Prayer For August Requests

By Albany Update | Jul 17, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) invites our brothers and sisters in Christ to remember the following prayer requests during the month of August: We pray against any further outbreaks of COVID-19;We pray against efforts to force American taxpayers to subsidize elective abortions;We pray that the abortion, gay, and “transgender” movements would be exposed as…

Legislators’ Beef Isn’t With Chicken, But Biblical Beliefs

By Albany Update | Jul 17, 2021

A decision to allow Chick-fil-A to operate at New York State Thruway service areas is under fire from a growing number of  left-wing state lawmakers upset with the restaurant chain’s past support for traditional marriage and other Christian causes. According to WIVB.com, the New York State Thruway Authority is planning a $450 million upgrade of…

School Leaders Ask Governor To Release September Guidance

By Albany Update | Jul 12, 2021

Leaders of Christian schools and other nonpublic schools are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to quickly release any pertinent COVID-19-related requirements and to inform them of those requirements sooner rather than later. In a recent open letter, various school leaders requested the Governor’s urgent attention to the matter of COVID-19-related guidance for primary and secondary schools.…

In Case of Christian Florist, Justices Fail To Protect Religious Liberty

By Albany Update | Jul 12, 2021

On July 2, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the case of Arlene’s Flowers, Inc. v. Washington. In so doing, the Court dealt a crushing blow to the cause of religious liberty in the United States. As many Christian New Yorkers will recall, the Arlene’s Flowers case centers on Barronelle…

Supremes Say Donor Privacy Protected

By Albany Update | Jul 12, 2021

On July 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that protected the privacy of donors to charitable organizations. In Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta, the Court held that a California law requiring charities to disclose the identities of their major donors to the state was unconstitutional. According to WORLD,…

Photographer Wants Freedom To Focus On Weddings Of Her Choosing

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2021

Recently, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) has had the opportunity to file an amicus brief (also known as a friend-of-the-court brief) in an important religious liberty case here in New York. Emilee Carpenter Photography v. James is a case that has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New…

U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules in Favor of Catholic Adoption Agency

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2021

Rochester, NY—Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Fulton v. Philadelphia. The Court ruled unanimously against the City of Philadelphia, which had refused to refer foster children to Catholic Social Services due to the agency’s unwillingness to place children in same-sex households. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New…

The 2021 State Legislative Session Is A Wrap

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2021

At 4:42 AM on Friday, June 11, the New York State Assembly adjourned. This adjournment marked the end of the 2021 regular legislative session. The State Senate had already adjourned late the night before. Given the plethora of ill-advised bills being considered by progressive majorities in the State Senate and the State Assembly, the session…

State Legislative Session Enters Home Stretch

By Albany Update | Jun 6, 2021

At the time of this writing, there are only four scheduled days left in the state legislative session that is scheduled to conclude on June 10, 2021. That makes this final week of the regular session make it or break it for the many of the issues that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been…

Capacity Restrictions on Churches Lifted; Mask Mandate Lifted for Fully-Vaccinated

By Albany Update | May 30, 2021

Recent executive actions have provided New Yorkers with welcome relief from certain COVID-19 mandates. First, the state’s attendance restriction on churches and other houses of worship in the State of New York based on percentage of maximum occupancy has been lifted effective May 19, 2021. Prior to May 19, churches were directed to limit in-person…

Oversight Proposal Could Pose Problems for Non-Public Schools

By Albany Update | May 23, 2021

New York law (Education Law § 3204(2)) requires nonpublic schools to provide their students with an education that is “substantially equivalent” to the education provided in the public schools where their students reside. In 2019, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) used the concept of substantial equivalency as the basis for new regulations that…

Cuomo On College And COVID: No Shot, No School

By Albany Update | May 14, 2021

On May 10, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that beginning in the fall 2021 semester, all on-campus students attending colleges and universities in the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Politico, Gov. Cuomo said, “‘If you must…

Vaccine Reporting Proposal Raises Privacy Concerns

By Albany Update | May 14, 2021

A bill that is moving in the New York State Senate has disturbing implications for the privacy of persons receiving vaccines. Bill S.75-Hoylman/A.279-Gottfried contains three basic provisions. First, the bill would require medical practitioners to report all vaccinations of persons aged 19 and older to the state. This provision would change a current law that…

New York’s Abortion Insurance Mandate May See Supreme Court Challenge

By Albany Update | May 3, 2021

On April 23, 2021, a coalition of Catholic and Protestant churches and organizations represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear their constitutional challenge to New York’s requirement that employers include abortion coverage within their employees’ health insurance plans. In Diocese of Albany v. Lacewell,…

Government-Only Healthcare Gets Out Of Health Committee

By Albany Update | Apr 25, 2021

The misguided and disastrous New York Health Act (Bill S.5474-Rivera/A.6058-Gottfried) has been approved by the New York State Assembly Health Committee. Following a party-line vote of 19-7, the bill will now move to the Assembly Codes Committee for further consideration. The New York Health Act would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the…

Albany Enters Second Half Of Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

The New York state budget process for the 2021-2022 fiscal year was completed earlier this month. In an ideal world, each year’s legislative session would be completed upon the passage of the budget. However, the real world is far from ideal, and the 2021 legislative session is not scheduled to conclude until June 10. This…