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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.

Regional Briefings Return

By Albany Update | Sep 16, 2019

Whether we are ready for it or not, autumn officially begins on September 23, 2019. Friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) and our affiliate organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), know that the fall is a season when NYFRF holds regional special events to connect with our supporters, inform voters about key…

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Embrace Equality Act

By Albany Update | Sep 16, 2019

On October 10, 2019, Democratic presidential hopefuls will hold a town hall meeting on LGBT issues. In discussing the upcoming town hall, USA Today revealed that many Democratic candidates have come out in favor of the so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5 – Cicilline). Under the Equality Act, so-called “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation…

NYCF Submits Substantial Equivalency Comment

By Albany Update | Sep 8, 2019

Last week, Albany Update reported that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was accepting public comments on a proposed rule relating to instruction in nonpublic schools. Specifically, the proposed rule would create an intrusive, unfair, and unnecessary mechanism allowing public school districts to evaluate the instruction provided at nonpublic schools (including Christian schools) and…

Two Upcoming Student-Led Events Focus On Faith

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2019

Two upcoming events give Christian students an opportunity to be public witnesses for Christ. On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, students will observe See You at the Pole day by gathering at their schools’ flagpoles for prayer. According to SYATP.com, See You at the Pole™ “began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students…

NYCF’s September Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Aug 26, 2019

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…

State Accepting Comment Regarding Substantial Equivalency Regulations

By Albany Update | Aug 19, 2019

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…

Leftists Plan Leap Year Lurch

By Albany Update | Aug 19, 2019

Between the Abortion Act, the Bathroom Bill, and the raft of other radical bills that passed in Albany this year, you might think that the political left would be satisfied with its efforts and ease up a bit next year. You would be wrong. Instead, progressives are looking to lurch our state even further left…

New Gun Law Limits Security Possibilities For Private Schools

By Albany Update | Aug 13, 2019

A new gun control law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month limits the freedom of schools—including Christian schools—in the area of safety and security. Prior to the passage of this new law, carrying a firearm on school grounds was illegal for most New Yorkers. However, there were exceptions. One such exception allowed schools to…

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.…