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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.

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…

‘Inevitable’ Recreational Marijuana Fails In New York

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

The 2019 regular state legislative session in Albany is over, and a highly-touted bill has failed to become law. In fact, that bill failed to receive a floor vote or a committee vote in either house of the State Legislature. That bill is Bill S.1527-Krueger/A.1617-Peoples-Stokes, which would have legalized and commercialized recreational marijuana in the…

Prostitution Legalization Bill Introduced

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2019

On June 10, 2019, Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn) and Asm. Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill to legalize prostitution in the State of New York. Bill S.6419-Salazar/A.8230-Gottfried would make prostitution legal for consenting adults and would allow persons previously convicted of prostitution-related offenses to have those convictions vacated. According to the bill’s sponsors, attempting to…

Women Speak Out Against Legalizing Prostitution

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

Last month, Albany Update reported on efforts by advocates to legalize prostitution in New York. This month, we are pleased to report that opponents of legalized prostitution are pushing back. At a recent Albany press conference held by women’s rights groups, Rev. Dr. Que English, founder of Not On My Watch Inc., spoke of the…

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…

Sports Betting Conversation Raises Constitutional Concerns

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

Legislation to allow sports betting on mobile devices continues to be a topic of conversation in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pursuing regulatory changes that would allow sports betting at casinos. However, the gambling industry wants to go beyond this by passing legislation allowing sports betting on mobile devices. This idea is not just objectionable…

Restoration of Honor or Stolen Valor?

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) has a long history of introducing LGBT-agenda bills in the New York State Legislature. Sen. Hoylman’s latest effort is the so-called New York State Restoration of Honor Act (Bill S.45-A-Hoylman). (A similar bill, Bill A.54-A-Buchwald, has been introduced in the Assembly.) This legislation relates to military veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges…

Trump Administration Emphasizing Judicial Confirmations

By Albany Update | May 28, 2019

The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives in last fall’s elections has had a predictable result: Gridlock. Politico correctly notes that it is highly unlikely that the House will work with a Republican White House and a Republican Senate to pass major legislation in the 2019-2020 session. Given the Democratic Party’s headlong rush…

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.…

Sports Gambling Gains Yards in Senate Gaming Committee

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 13, 2019, a bill that would allow gambling casinos to offer sports betting on digital devices was approved by the New York State Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. Bill S.17-A-Addabbo/A.6113-A-Pretlow would: Require each casino that offers mobile sports betting to pay the state a $12 million license fee and a 0.2% royalty…

Efforts to Legitimize Prostitution Underway

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

John 8:10-11: “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Last week, a group of prostitutes,…

Casinos Seek and Receive Slot Relief

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo successfully pushed for a casino expansion amendment to the New York State Constitution in 2013, he presented casinos as drivers of job opportunities and economic growth in upstate New York. Casino operators jumped on the bandwagon, offering “rosy financial estimates to the state to win the gambling licenses.” Since that time,…

Christian Business Owners Should Not Capitulate To LGBT Demands

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other like-minded organizations around the country work tirelessly to thwart extremist LGBT legislation, both locally and nationally. However, legislation is only one of the avenues used by LGBT activists in an effort to influence American society. LGBT activists also exert influence on American employers by pressuring them to adopt…

Raging Cuomo Rejects Trump’s Transgender Healthcare Changes

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

The Trump administration is taking aim at yet another ill-advised Obama-era executive action. Predictably, Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t happy about it. The Affordable Care Act (President Barack Obama’s signature health care law) banned sex discrimination in certain health care activities. Significantly, a federal rule “interpreted” this sex discrimination ban to include a ban on—you guessed…

Pro-Abortion Politicians Seek To Silence Pro-Life Speech

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

Christians and other pro-life individuals across New York and the nation were horrified when the so-called Reproductive Health Act became law in January 2019. That horror turned to outrage when Gov. Andrew Cuomo lit One World Trade Center in pink to celebrate his “victory.” To make matters worse, New York has enacted an abortion pill…