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.

Biden Signs SOGI Order

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2021

Among a myriad of Executive Orders, Proclamations, and other directives issued by President Joe Biden during his first two days in office is an order establishing civil rights-level legal protections on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI). The Executive Order, which was not unexpected, directs the leaders of each agency under the authority…

President Biden’s Priorities

By Albany Update | Jan 23, 2021

Corrected February 4, 2021 Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021. President Biden’s actions thus far, together with his stated plans for his first 100 days in office, provide a clear picture of his priorities for the nation. It appears that those priorities involve dismantling many…

So-Called Equality Act Could See Life In New Congress

By Albany Update | Jan 17, 2021

The Democratic Party’s takeover of Congress and the White House in the 2020 elections will have major repercussions for policymaking at the federal level in 2021. One piece of damaging legislation that could become law this year is the so-called Equality Act. The Equality Act would make sexual orientation and gender identity protected categories under…

Another Court Strikes Down Cuomo’s Religious Gathering Restrictions

By Albany Update | Jan 17, 2021

Back in November, Albany Update commented on a U.S. Supreme Court decision (Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo) that struck down Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s arbitrary and excessive COVID-19 restrictions affecting houses of worship. The high court temporarily stayed the enforcement of Gov. Cuomo’s 10- and 25-person limit on in-person church attendance in certain COVID-19…

NYCF Releases 2021-2022 Legislative Agenda

By Albany Update | Jan 16, 2021

At the beginning of the New York state legislative session in every odd-numbered year, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) prepares its legislative agenda. This document is distributed to all 213 members of the New York State Legislature. NYCF’s legislative agenda lays out a set of policy priorities driven by our mission to influence legislation…

State Senate Selects 2021 Leadership

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2021

In preparation for the 2021 legislative session, Republican and Democratic members of the New York State Senate have chosen their respective leaders. On December 15, 2020, the 20-member Senate Republican Conference unanimously elected Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) to continue in the role of Senate Minority Leader. Sen. Ortt first assumed this leadership role in…

Biden’s Bad Choice: Xavier Becerra

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2021

On December 6, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced that he intends to appoint California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). For two reasons, the HHS post is an important one. First, the HHS secretary will likely be a point person for the incoming administration’s efforts to combat the…

Preserving Religious Liberty

By Albany Update | Dec 28, 2020

Luke 20:25: “And [Jesus] said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.” The mission of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ. In so doing, we seek to exert influence in four policy areas:…

Rosenthal Introduces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

By Albany Update | Dec 12, 2020

If you thought the great mask divide of 2020 was contentious, get ready for the vaccine mandate debate of 2021. A New York state lawmaker has introduced a bill that, if passed and signed into law, could lead to a COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The bill, A.11179, was introduced at the request of Asm. Linda Rosenthal…

Cuomo’s Religious Restrictions Receive Supreme Court Slapdown

By Albany Update | Nov 27, 2020

Late in the evening of November 25, the United States Supreme Court granted requests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues to block enforcement of a New York executive order restricting attendance at houses of worship, particularly as it pertained to a 10- and 25-person limit at worship services. Governor…

How Will A Democratic Supermajority Reshape New York?

By Albany Update | Nov 26, 2020

Now that Senate Democrats in New York state have secured two-thirds of the legislative seats in that chamber, what will they do with their supermajority? A Democratic supermajority in both houses of the State Legislature (the State Assembly has been under a Democratic supermajority for decades) will certainly change the political landscape of Albany. Undoubtedly,…

New Yorkers Have No Intention Of Quitting Thanksgiving ‘Cold Turkey’

By Albany Update | Nov 21, 2020

As COVID-19 infections continue to climb in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has continued to take executive actions that limit the freedoms of New Yorkers in an effort to stop the spread of the pandemic. On November 12, 2020, Gov. Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.74. That order contains various provisions relating to the hours…

Catholics Seek Supreme Court Relief From Cuomo’s Restrictions

By Albany Update | Nov 21, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recently-imposed cluster zone restrictions on houses of worship make it impossible for some churches within those zones to gather for worship. (Let’s face it: When the Governor limits churches in “red” zones to 10 congregants or fewer, he may as well be shutting them down completely.) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn…

Supreme Court Hears Faith-Based Foster Care Case

By Albany Update | Nov 16, 2020

On November 4, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. This case is a challenge to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to bar Catholic Social Services from providing foster care placement services unless it places foster children with same-sex couples. According to WORLD, “Catholic Social…

COVID Lawsuits Keep Coming At Cuomo’s Clampdown

By Albany Update | Nov 2, 2020

At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we look forward to the day when we can release a commentary rejoicing that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The pain and suffering caused by the pandemic, and by the dramatic changes to American society that have resulted from it, cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not yet in…

NYCF Congratulates Amy Coney Barrett On Supreme Court Confirmation

By Albany Update | Oct 26, 2020

Rochester, NY—Today, the United States Senate voted, 52-48, to confirm the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. NYCF Executive Director Jason J. McGuire made the following comments: “Conservatives across the nation have cause for celebration tonight. Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial record, scholarly writings, reputation, and performance…