Proclaiming Justice and Mercy

NYCF supports educational choice, urban renewal efforts that result in empowerment rather than dependency, stronger penalties to deter crime, enhanced efforts to crack down on human trafficking, and real reform of a political process that currently enables corruption.

Pandemic Powers Should Be Ended, Not Extended

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2021

This post was updated on March 6, 2021. So far this year, there has been much speculation and discussion in Albany about curtailing the emergency powers that were granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, the Legislature passed Chapter 23 of the Laws of 2020, a…

Reps. Reed, Katko Fold On Religious Liberty, Support So-Called Equality Act

By Albany Update | Feb 28, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act. The bill passed by a vote of 224-206 (unofficial). The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would give biological males access to female-only spaces across the nation, would create unfair conditions…

‘Equality Act’ Passes House of Representatives, Moves to U.S. Senate

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2021

Rochester, NY—The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act, today by a vote of 224-206 (unofficial). The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would give biological males access to female-only spaces (including women’s shelters) across the nation, would create unfair conditions for female…

Clearing Up Congressional Confusion Concerning The ‘Equality Act’

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2021

The so-called Equality Act is expected to receive a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Equality Act is a deeply misleading piece of legislation. On its surface, the bill looks like an anti-discrimination measure; it would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as anti-discrimination categories under federal…

National Coalition Launches ‘Promise To America’s Children’

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2021

A coalition of national-level and state-level organizations recently unveiled an important new initiative called the Promise to America’s Children. The Promise to America’s Children is a national movement encouraging lawmakers and parents to commit themselves to supporting laws that protect children’s health, children’s safety, and children’s relationships with their parents. The Promise to America’s Children…

Cuomo Proposes Changes To Pot Plan

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2021

For the past two years, both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic leadership in the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly agreed that recreational marijuana should be legalized. To date, however, the Governor and the Legislature have not been able to reach agreement on the specifics. This year, members of the…

Rent-A-Womb Regulations Now In Effect

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2021

In 2020, following years of opposition from New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and others, the State of New York legalized paid surrogacy. The law (Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2020) was passed during the state budget process, and it went into effect on February 15, 2021. It is now legal in New York for…

Allied Organizations Unveil “Promise To America’s Children”

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2021

A coalition of national-level and state-level organizations, including ours, recently unveiled an important new initiative called the Promise to America’s Children. The Promise to America’s Children is “a national movement of parents and lawmakers to oppose legislation that harms children, like the Equality Act, and to create and support laws that will protect children’s health,…

DeRosa Reveals Cuomo’s Death Count Coverup

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2021

In an extraordinary turn of events, Melissa DeRosa—the highest-ranking aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo—recently apologized to Democratic members of the New York State Legislature, acknowledging that the Cuomo administration had refused to share full and complete information on COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents. Worse yet, DeRosa reportedly admitted that the administration’s refusal to share…

Nursing Home Legislation Earns NYCF Support

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2021

The New York State Senate Health Committee recently advanced several bills relating to nursing homes and nursing home residents. These bills are largely intended to address problems arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two of these bills have received the support of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF). Bill S.614-B-May/A.1052-B-Bronson would require nursing homes to…

Cuomo Proposes Tax Break For Casinos

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2021

Recently, the Albany Times Union reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021-2022 budget proposal included a tax break for casinos. According to the Times Union, the budget proposal would allow casinos to apply for tax breaks on the basis of financial hardship. The idea for the proposed tax break may have come from a recent report…

Blowback And Setback Mark Cuomo’s Very Bad Week

By Albany Update | Feb 5, 2021

Following the chaotic rollout of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and following the January 28, 2021 release of New York Attorney General Letitia James’s report on COVID-19 in nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received a good bit of negative feedback. He deserves it. In recent days, the Governor has been criticized for having junked…

New York Repeals Loitering For Prostitution Law

By Albany Update | Feb 5, 2021

Albany Update recently reported on Bill S.1351-Hoylman/A.3355-Paulin. This bill repeals Penal Law § 247, which bans loitering in a public place for the purpose of (a) engaging in prostitution; (b) patronizing a person for prostitution; or (c) promoting prostitution. On February 2, 2021, Bill S.1351-Hoylman/A.3355-Paulin passed both houses of the State Legislature and was signed…

Legal Pot Lures Politicians With Promises Of Profit

By Albany Update | Feb 5, 2021

Unfortunately, the full legalization and commercialization of recreational marijuana is a topic of intense interest to Albany politicians in 2021. Legislators who support marijuana legalization see several benefits to the proposal. First, pot legalization would bring in tax revenue for politicians to spend. Second, it would ingratiate Albany politicians with several interest groups, including progressives…

Cuomo Called Out For COVID Nursing Home Deaths

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2021

The COVID-19 has been raging in New York for nearly a year. As of January 28, more than 34,500 New Yorkers have lost their lives to this deadly pandemic. The suffering that has resulted from the coronavirus cannot be quantified. One of the most grievous aspects of New York’s experience with COVID-19 is the devastating…

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…