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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’s July 2019 Prayer And Praise Report

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms asks our brothers and sisters in Christ to remember the following thanksgivings and petitions in their prayers during the month of July. We praise and thank the Lord for preventing the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, paid surrogacy, and recreational marijuana in New York in 2019; We ask the Lord to…

Gay-Rights Group Urges Constitutional Amendment

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

It has been a while since the U.S. Constitution was amended. In fact, it has been 27 years. The Constitution was most recently amended in 1992, when the 27th Amendment (providing that a law changing congressional salaries cannot take effect until after the next election to the House of Representatives has taken place) was ratified.…

New York’s 2019 Vaccination Law Affects Christian Schools

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2019

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 This legislation, now known as Chapter 35 of the Laws of 2019, repealed the previously-existing exemption to child vaccination requirements for parents with religious objections to vaccinations.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…

Trump Administration Takes Additional Action On Life And Liberty

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

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…

Nassau County Eyes Clergy Tax Exemption

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

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…

Legislative Session Enters Last Lap

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

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…

The ‘Compromised Three’ Failed Their Constituents

By Albany Update | May 28, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has previously reported that the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), passed the so-called Equality Act on May 17, 2019. The vote was 236-173. This misguided bill would compromise religious freedom in an effort to perpetuate lies about homosexuality and transgenderism. Eight House Republicans crossed party lines…

New Hope Family Services May Be Heading To Appeal

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption agency based in Syracuse, had sued to challenge state regulations requiring agencies not to “discriminate” on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation in connection with adoption placements.…

Bethany Christian Services Compromises Biblical Principles

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

Proverbs 24:10: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” The topic of today’s Albany Update is compromise. In some circumstances, compromise is a good thing. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”. As Christians seek to live…

Pro-Abortion Politicians Seek To Silence Pro-Life Speech

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

Christians and other pro-life individuals across New York and the nation were horrified when the so-called Reproductive Health Act became law in January 2019. That horror turned to outrage when Gov. Andrew Cuomo lit One World Trade Center in pink to celebrate his “victory.” To make matters worse, New York has enacted an abortion pill…

Court Rules Favorably In Private School Case

By Albany Update | Apr 22, 2019

Christian schools and other nonpublic schools recently won an important case in a state trial court in Albany. On April 17, 2019, State Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba found that so-called “guidelines” issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in November 2018 regarding the monitoring of nonpublic schools violated state law. On that…

NYCF’s May Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

During the month of May, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms humbly asks that our friends and supporters throughout the Empire State remember the following prayer requests: That the 2019 legislative session would come to an end without the passage of any more destructive and ungodly laws; Specifically, that bills to legalize recreational marijuana, paid surrogacy,…

Cuomo Expands Coverage For Abortion-Causing Drugs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

On April 12, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage  Act  (CCCA)  (Bill S.659-A–Salazar/A.585-A–Cahill) into law. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms had successfully opposed this unnecessary and dangerous bill for several years. The CCCA requires group insurance policies issued or renewed  after January 1, 2020 to cover abortion-causing drugs,  voluntary  sterilization  procedures,  and …

Religious Attire Bill Clears Legislature

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

On April 9, 2019, the New York State Senate passed Bill S.4037-Liu/A.4204-Weprin by a vote of 60-0. The bill had previously passed the Assembly on February 27, 2019. The legislation makes it unlawful for an employer to bar an employee from “wearing attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or…

‘Mayor Pete’ Criticizes Vice President Pence’s Christian Faith

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2019

Recently, a longshot Democratic presidential candidate criticized Vice President Mike Pence for his Christian beliefs and contradicted Biblical doctrine at the same time. Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is an Episcopalian who is “married” to a male partner. At a recent LGBT event, Buttigieg said: “I can tell you that if…

Pelosi-Led House Gives So-Called ‘Equality Act’ a Hearing

By Albany Update | Apr 7, 2019

Between the “anti-Semitic tropes” used by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the controversial Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14), U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has faced challenging situations in the first few months of 2019. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi has created a challenging situation for the rest of us by making the…