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.

Comptroller DiNapoli Warns Against Gambling Expansion

By Albany Update | Nov 21, 2020

On November 12, 2020, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report entitled “A Question of Balance: Gaming Revenues and Problem Gambling in New York State.” In that report, Comptroller DiNapoli struck a much-needed note of caution regarding proposals to legalize online gambling. According to the comptroller: The lottery generates billions of dollars each…

Cuomo Pushes Pot For Profit, But Commercial Cannabis Is No Panacea

By Albany Update | Nov 2, 2020

In recent weeks, the full legalization of recreational marijuana has again been mentioned as a cure for New York’s fiscal woes. At a recent media event to promote his ill-timed new book, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked when recreational marijuana might become legal. His answer? “‘Soon, because now we need the money . . .…

Supreme Court Confirmation Spurs Court-Packing Conversation

By Albany Update | Nov 2, 2020

The confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States has led to a predictable chorus of disapproval from leftists, establishment Democrats, and others who see the Constitution as a “living document” to be manipulated in the service of political priorities. However, the backlash against Justice Barrett’s appointment is so…

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…

2020 Presidential Campaign: Transgender Issues

By Albany Update | Oct 26, 2020

At his October 15, 2020 town hall, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) spoke out about the “transgender” issue. When asked what he would do to “ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected,” Biden responded that he would “‘flat-out change the law.’” Biden added that he would…

NYCF Signs On To Amicus Brief In Free Speech Case

By Albany Update | Oct 26, 2020

On October 21, 2020, attorneys for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms filed an amicus brief (also known as a friend-of-the-court brief) in New Jersey state court in the case of Ferguson v. JONAH. Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing (JONAH) was a small nonprofit organization in New Jersey that assisted men seeking freedom from unwanted…

State Reports Regarding Deaths Of Over 700 Children Withheld

By Albany Update | Oct 17, 2020

On October 13, 2020, the Albany Times Union reported that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has declined to release reports on the deaths of 725 children over the past 10 years. According to the Times Union, when a child who is under the supervision of the Child Protective Services…

With Hearings Behind Her, Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Appears Clear

By Albany Update | Oct 17, 2020

Last week, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for nearly 20 hours. The relatively low-key proceedings before the Committee contrasted starkly with the sensationalism and drama that surrounded the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speculated that Democrats may “believe they’re in good…

In Debate, Vice Presidential Candidates See New Scrutiny

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2020

On October 7, 2020, the two major party nominees for Vice President of the United States—Vice President Mike Pence (R-IN) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)—squared off in their one and only televised debate. Conventional wisdom holds that running mates usually have a negligible impact upon presidential election results. However, some pundits have speculated that because…

Schumer And Gillibrand Refuse To Meet With Supreme Court Nominee

By Albany Update | Oct 7, 2020

Following President Donald Trump’s appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have spoken out against the nomination. Senate Democrats take issue with Senate Republicans’ willingness to consider an appointee to the high court this close to Election Day when the Senate GOP…

Allowing Big Pot To Market Its Wares Won’t Solve The State’s Fiscal Woes

By Albany Update | Oct 7, 2020

In the midst of our state’s fiscal challenges, there is continued speculation that lawmakers could turn to recreational marijuana as a revenue source. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we’re not high on this idea. According to Spectrum News, the state’s current budget deficit is in the neighborhood of $14 billion. The COVID-19 pandemic, together…

NYFRF Releases Nonpartisan Voter Guide

By Albany Update | Oct 6, 2020

On Tuesday, November 3, voters across the nation will cast their ballots for President of the United States. Here in New York, voters will also cast ballots for U.S. House of Representatives, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, and various local offices. New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, NYCF’s educational arm, is committed to…

President Plans To Create Pro-America Educational Curriculum

By Albany Update | Sep 27, 2020

On September 17, 2020, President Donald Trump announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities had awarded a grant to pay for the creation of a pro-American educational curriculum. In a speech at the National Archives, President Trump made a blistering and well-deserved attack on the forces that have eroded Americans’ understanding and appreciation of…

FRC Falls Victim To Corporate Cancel Culture

By Albany Update | Sep 13, 2020

Cancel culture—the practice of silencing, demonizing, and punishing one’s ideological opponents—is alive and well in the United States. Recently, Family Research Council (FRC), one of the largest Christian public policy organizations in America, became a cancel culture victim. In this instance, the cancellation was literal. Last week, FRC held one of its biggest events of…

Weisenberg Urges COVID Hearings For Developmentally Disabled

By Albany Update | Aug 24, 2020

Recently, the New York State Legislature has held hearings on the impact of COVID-19 upon nursing homes in the Empire State. Other hearings have been held to discuss COVID-19 in the context of mass transit, education, and elections. Former Asm. Harvey Weisenberg believes that an additional set of hearings is needed to learn more about…

Christian Parents Challenged To Rethink Role Of Public Education

By Albany Update | Aug 24, 2020

A thought-provoking National Review op-ed by Tony Perkins and Cathy Ruse of Family Research Council (FRC) challenges Christians to take new approaches to their children’s education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Perkins and Ruse urge Christian parents to consider options other than traditional public schools. The two authors make a strong argument…