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.

Federal Court Reinstates Right-to-Carry In Houses of Worship

By Albany Update | Dec 18, 2023

A recent preliminary decision from a federal appeals court represents a step in the right direction regarding the right to bear concealed firearms in houses of worship in the state of New York. On December 8, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in Antonyuk v. Chiumento. In this…

Bipartisan Support Seen For Nonpublic School Safety Funding

By Albany Update | Dec 18, 2023

There isn’t a great deal of bipartisanship in the New York State Legislature. Once in a while, however, lawmakers from both parties working together are able to come up with good ideas. According to State of Politics, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris (D-Queens), Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda), and other state legislators…

SCOTUS Update: December 2023

By Albany Update | Dec 17, 2023

Three pieces of recent news from the Supreme Court of the United States are of interest to pro-life, pro-family Americans. First, in Tingley v. Ferguson, 601 U.S.         (2023), the Court denied certiorari in a legal challenge to a Washington state law barring licensed healthcare providers from engaging in sexual orientation and gender identity change…

‘Menstrual Product’ Law Is A Case Of Misplaced Priorities

By Albany Update | Dec 1, 2023

In the name of menstrual equality and gender inclusivity, Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a so-called “Health Equity and Opportunity legislative package” into law. Two pieces of legislation included in the package are particularly misguided. The first, Bill S.1522-Persaud/A.1296-Rosenthal, L. (or Chapter 650 of the Laws of 2023), replaces conventional phrases like “feminine hygiene products”…

Syracuse District Bans Bible-Believers From Using Space

By Albany Update | Sep 23, 2023

On September 13, 2023, the Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District voted unanimously to implement a new building use policy. According to Syracuse.com, the new policy will require users of school district buildings to “adhere to the district’s code of conduct.” The code of conduct reportedly “includes a non-discrimination notice that calls…

Case Closed On Concealed Carry For Church Security Teams

By Albany Update | Aug 7, 2023

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is pleased and thankful to report that our lawsuit challenging the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA), a gun control law signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul in 2022, has been withdrawn. Our attorney, David C. Sieling, Esq., withdrew the lawsuit because the changes made to the CCIA during this year’s state…

Democrats Position 2024 Amendment To Promote Party’s Interest

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2023

Unfortunately, the so-called Equality Amendment to the New York State Constitution is scheduled to appear on the general election ballot in 2024. If passed, the Equality Amendment (Bill S.108-A-Krueger/A.1283-Seawright) would create a constitutional ban on discrimination based on “ethnicity, national origin, age, [and] disability,” as well as “sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,…

Supreme Court Delivers For Christian Postal Worker

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2023

On June 29, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Groff v. DeJoy, 600 U.S. __________ (2023). The Court’s decision in Groff buttressed employees’ rights to reasonable workplace accommodations for their religious beliefs and practices. The plaintiff, Gerald Groff, is a Christian who worked as a mailman. As a Christian,…

NYCF Offers Reaction To 303 Creative Decision

By Albany Update | Jun 30, 2023

ALBANY, NY— In a 6-3 decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the latest in a growing list of cases where laws barring discrimination based upon sexual orientation conflict with Christians’ constitutional rights. Lorie Smith is a graphic artist who resides in Colorado. Smith wishes to design wedding…

Christian Schools Shouldn’t Have To Choose Between Compromise or Closure

By Albany Update | May 30, 2023

The state of New York has bent over backwards to accommodate the “transgender” movement in recent years. In 2010, the state enacted the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), an anti-bullying law that has been interpreted to allow “transgender” public students to use opposite-sex bathrooms and locker rooms. In 2019, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act…

Hochul’s DOH Dials Down Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers

By Albany Update | May 30, 2023

On May 24, 2023, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced its intent to rescind the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. This regulatory change will involve a 60-day public comment period; during that period, the state has indicated that it will refrain from commencing any new actions to enforce the mandate.…

Houghton U Still Stands For Christian View Of Human Sexuality

By Albany Update | May 30, 2023

She/her. He/him. They/them. Over the past several years, it has become common in certain circles for employees to list their preferred pronouns in their e-mail signatures. A person’s purpose for stating these pronouns is to indicate what gender identity he or she has adopted. Houghton University, a small Christian university in south-central New York, has…

What Might Move In The Last Days Of The Legislative Session?

By Albany Update | May 18, 2023

The 2023 New York state legislative session is scheduled to close on June 8, 2023. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), we are eager for this day to come; the longer the legislature remains in session, the more opportunities it has to do damage to life, family, and religious liberty here in the Empire…

Five Items That Should Be Included In New York’s Budget

By Albany Update | Mar 12, 2023

In the coming days, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Kathy Hochul will finalize and pass the 2023-2024 New York State Budget. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) calls upon the Legislature and the Governor to include the following five items in the final budget: 1. An Adoption Tax Deduction for Parents Who Adopt…

New Hope Family Services Wins State Settlement

By Albany Update | Mar 12, 2023

Good news: New Hope Family Services, the Christian adoption agency that the state of New York tried to shut down because it declines to place children with anyone other than opposite-sex married parents, is slated to receive a financial settlement from the state. In December 2018, through its attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom, New Hope…

New Polling Offers Support For School Choice

By Albany Update | Mar 6, 2023

A recent poll of New York residents by EdChoice shows solid support for school choice here in the Empire State. The poll revealed the following data: It is telling that parents of school-aged children are more supportive of school choice than the general population. Parents whose children are attending school have a greater stake in…