Influencing Legislation and Legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

Coming Up: Bring Your Bible to School Day

By Albany Update | Sep 23, 2018

Christian students across the country have a special opportunity to share their faith at school next month. Thursday, October 4 is Bring Your Bible to School Day! On Bring Your Bible to School Day, students “celebrate religious freedom and share God’s love with their friends.” Sponsored by Focus on the Family, the event empowers students…

Left Offers No Tolerance For Those Who Proclaim That Change Is Possible

By Albany Update | Sep 10, 2018

The Left’s denial of the possibility of sexual orientation change has become so intense that Democratic candidates are now attacked for being seen in public with anyone who is known to have experienced such change. Last month, New York City Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James—who is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for New York State…

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Shuts Down Some Adoption and Foster Care Services

By Albany Update | Sep 4, 2018

For nearly 95 years, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Buffalo has provided adoption and foster care services in western New York. On August 23, 2018, those services were discontinued when Catholic Charities announced that it could not, in good conscience, abide by a state requirement that “contracting agencies [allow] same-sex couples to foster and…

California Same-Sex Counseling Bill Surprisingly Pulled

By Albany Update | Sep 4, 2018

Friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) know that we have been fighting the Counselor Coercion Bill for several years. The bill (Bill S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick) would bar licensed mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in resolving unwanted same-sex (homosexual) attraction. On April 30, 2018, the Assembly passed the Counselor Coercion Bill for the fifth…

Colorado Again Comes After Christian Cakebaker

By Albany Update | Sep 4, 2018

Matthew 5:10-12: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for…

New Study Rebuts Leftist Dogma About Sexual Orientation

By Albany Update | Aug 27, 2018

Both in New York and throughout the country, there is a determined movement to make it illegal to assist minors in overcoming unwanted same-sex (homosexual) attraction. Unfortunately, advocates have succeeded in banning this type of counseling for minor clients in Albany and Erie Counties and in New York City. The eventual goal of this movement…

Queens Pro-Life Counselors Win in Court

By Albany Update | Aug 11, 2018

Late last month, pro-life sidewalk counselors won an important court battle before a federal judge. WORLD Magazine reports that then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood who resigned his post earlier this year amidst allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault, filed a lawsuit in June 2017 against 13 pro-life individuals who…

Government Employees Have A Choice

By Albany Update | Aug 6, 2018

Back in June, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Janus v. AFSCME. In Janus, the Court “barred public-sector labor unions from forcing non-members to pay agency fees.” The decision was a win for social conservatives because it will deprive public-sector labor unions of a significant amount of funds; given that…

Gay “Marriage” Takes Root, Threatens Religious Liberty

By Albany Update | Aug 6, 2018

The Daily Gazette has reported that on July 30, 2018, two men were unable to obtain a same-sex “marriage” license from Laurel “Sherrie” Eriksen, the Town Clerk in the Town of Root, New York. Root’s town attorney, Robert Subik, told the Gazette that Eriksen denied the men’s request “‘because they failed to make an appointment…

Assembly Fails To Act On Education Savings Plans

By Albany Update | Jul 29, 2018

Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a little-known but important provision relating to Internal Revenue Code 529 plans. These plans—known as 529 plans—can be described as tax-advantaged plans that encourages parents to save money for their children’s future higher education costs. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provided that funds from 529 plans…

Universal Health Care Becomes Campaign Issue

By Albany Update | Jul 29, 2018

Cynthia Nixon, the left-wing actress and activist challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, supports a so-called universal health care bill. Unfortunately, Nixon isn’t the only person who supports this bad idea. In fact, the New York State Assembly has passed a universal health care bill every year since 2015 (thankfully, the…

NYCF’s August Prayer Requests

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recognizes the centrality of prayer. While the support of our ministry friends is key, we cannot sustain this ministry without the Lord’s leading and direction of our efforts. We appreciate all of the believers who pray for us. In the month of August, we humbly ask…

Maine Gov. LePage Protects Change Therapy, Religious Freedom with Historic Veto

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

The push to ban mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction is not just happening here in New York; it’s happening across the country as well. Unfortunately, 13 states have now passed laws like the Counselor Coercion Bill that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has (successfully) opposed here in New…

Albany County Legislature Passes Change Therapy Ban

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

Albany County lawmakers have jumped on the “ban change therapy” bandwagon. Last week, the Albany County Legislature passed Local Law “E”, a bill that would ban sexual orientation change efforts with minor clients. Sponsored by Legislator Bryan Clenahan (D-Guilderland), Local Law “E” would bar any person from being paid to provide “conversion therapy” to a…

Hoylman Stirs Controversy Over Hymn Bill

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

Last month, Bill S.6856-DeFrancisco/A.8704-Magnarelli passed both houses of the New York State Legislature. This bill would recognize “Here Rests in Honored Glory” as “the official state hymn of mourning in honor of all American veterans.” According to the bill’s Assembly sponsor, Asm. William Magnarelli (D-Syracuse), the hymn was composed by Dr. Donald Miller, a Professor…

New York Health Act is Bad Medicine

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 14, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the New York Health Act (Bill S.4840-A-Rivera/A.4738-A-Gottfried) by a vote of 91 to 46. The Assembly has passed this legislation for the past four years. According to the bill memo, the New York Health Act would “create a universal single payer health plan—New York Health—to…