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.

Tell Cuomo To Focus On Finance, Keep Controversy Out Of The Budget

By Albany Update | Mar 29, 2020

The 2020-2021 New York State Budget is due to be passed no later than April 1, 2020. Obviously, the coronavirus outbreak has complicated the effort to negotiate and pass the budget in a timely manner. To date, four Members of the State Legislature have tested positive for the coronavirus. The workplace restrictions and social distancing…

Parents Can Now Change Children’s Sex On Birth Certificates

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2020

Over the past several years, New York government has made various policy changes to accommodate persons who believe themselves to be members of the opposite sex. Recently, a misleading and damaging new ‘transgender’ policy has gone into effect. On March 10, 2020, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that the New York State…

Gov. Cuomo Signs Coronavirus Leave Into Law

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2020

On March 18, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.8091-Ramos/A.10153-Nolan into law as Chapter 25 of the Laws of 2020. This law provides paid and unpaid sick leave for employees that are affected by quarantines related to the coronavirus outbreak. The new law contains different requirements for employers of different sizes. Small employers with 10…

TAKE ACTION: Tell Sen. Schumer His Dangerous Rhetoric Is Wrong

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2020

On March 4, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (previously known as June Medical Services v. Gee), a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana statute that requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic in which they perform abortions. In addition, a…

Poll Shows Long Island Isn’t Sold On Legalizing Pot

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some Democratic state lawmakers continue to beat the drum for the legalization and commercialization of recreational marijuana, a recent poll shows that voters on Long Island have reservations about the proposal. A recent poll commissioned by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) in the six Long Island State Senate districts that…

ADF Files Suit Challenging ‘Transgender’ Sports Policy

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

Last month, three female high school students filed a legal challenge to a Connecticut policy that allows male athletes who identify as “transgender” to participate in girls’ sports. The three girls and their mothers are claiming that this policy violates a 1972 federal civil rights law known as Title IX. (Title IX provides that “No…

Cuomo Urges Slow Roll On Downstate Casinos

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

To put it mildly, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) doesn’t agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo very often. Recently, however, the Governor said something that made sense. Last week, LoHud.com reported that Gov. Cuomo “urged caution” in the face of pressure from the gambling industry to expand Vegas-style casino gambling in the New York City…

State Funds Sought For Private School Background Checks

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

Last month, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) submitted testimony in support of Christian schools to Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein. Bill S.3335-Kaminsky/A.4652-Rozic would require that prospective employees of nonpublic schools—including Christian schools—submit fingerprints through the State Education Department for the purpose of criminal background…

Could Commercial Weed Still Go Up In Smoke?

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2020

The legislative battle over marijuana continues to rage in Albany. While some advocates continue to speak out against allowing “big marijuana” to set up shop in the Empire State, the primary disagreement amongst Albany Democrats is not about whether to legalize recreational marijuana. It’s about how the tax revenue should be distributed once marijuana has…

Ten Bad Bills Pending in Albany

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2020

At the New York State Capitol in Albany, thousands of bills are introduced for consideration every year. Many of those bills are inconsequential, many are ill-advised, and a few are good. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms spends a significant chunk of its resources on a fourth category of Albany bills: Bills that are morally unacceptable…

State Ed Gets Schooled On Private School Regs

By Albany Update | Feb 17, 2020

Christian New Yorkers and parents of various faiths were outraged last year when the New York State Education Department (NYSED) proposed a massive regulatory power grab that threatened the continued existence of some nonpublic schools. Under the guise of ensuring that nonpublic schools provide their students with an education that is “substantially equivalent” to the…

Appellate Division Finds Fantasy Sports Law Unconstitutional

By Albany Update | Feb 17, 2020

On August 3, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing fantasy sports gambling. The law declared fantasy sports to be games of skill, not games of chance; this language allowed the Legislature and the Governor to sidestep language in the New York State Constitution that bans fantasy sports gambling. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms…

Norris Seeks To Make New York A No-Trafficking State

By Albany Update | Feb 9, 2020

With the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act of 2015 and other important laws, the State of New York has made strides against the scourge of human trafficking. However, more work remains to be done. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) supports legislation that cracks down on traffickers and on persons who…

Maternal Opioid Addiction Impacts Infants As Well

By Albany Update | Feb 9, 2020

Opioid addiction is truly a crisis in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses accounted for 70,237 deaths across the nation in 2017. Two-thirds of those deaths were opioid-related. Opioids don’t just take a toll on adults. They also take a toll on babies who are born with opioid withdrawal…

Cuomo Pushes Pot In Proposed Fiscal Plan

By Albany Update | Feb 3, 2020

I Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” As part of his annual budget proposal in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his version of a bill to legalize and commercialize the sale of recreational marijuana. It’s not a pretty picture.…

Protect Innocent Eyes from Obscenity

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2020

Last month, four members of Congress wrote to U.S. Attorney General William Barr to advocate for stronger enforcement of existing federal laws that ban obscenity. Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, writes that 15 states have recently declared pornography to be a public health crisis. Schilling adds that “studies that have shown that…