Influencing Legislation and Legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

NYCF’s August Prayer Requests

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recognizes the centrality of prayer. While the support of our ministry friends is key, we cannot sustain this ministry without the Lord’s leading and direction of our efforts. We appreciate all of the believers who pray for us. In the month of August, we humbly ask…

Maine Gov. LePage Protects Change Therapy, Religious Freedom with Historic Veto

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

The push to ban mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction is not just happening here in New York; it’s happening across the country as well. Unfortunately, 13 states have now passed laws like the Counselor Coercion Bill that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has (successfully) opposed here in New…

Albany County Legislature Passes Change Therapy Ban

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

Albany County lawmakers have jumped on the “ban change therapy” bandwagon. Last week, the Albany County Legislature passed Local Law “E”, a bill that would ban sexual orientation change efforts with minor clients. Sponsored by Legislator Bryan Clenahan (D-Guilderland), Local Law “E” would bar any person from being paid to provide “conversion therapy” to a…

Is Abortion Really “Settled Law”?

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

The horrendous Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 [1973]) was handed down on January 22, 1973. In Roe, the Court held that the “right to privacy” was a fundamental right under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and that this “right” encompasses a woman’s “right”…

Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On Wednesday, June 27, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he would retire from the Supreme Court of the United States this summer. Justice Kennedy, 81, was nominated to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 after the U.S. Senate rejected President Reagan’s previous nominee, Judge Robert Bork. The record and character of Judge Bork,…

Governor Cuomo Takes Transgender Action

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 24, 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he would take executive action to protect “transgender” persons from discrimination by health care providers and insurers. According to the Governor, “‘New York was founded upon the principles of fairness and equality and we won’t stand idly by while Washington seeks to claw back hard-earned rights…

New York Health Act is Bad Medicine

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 14, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the New York Health Act (Bill S.4840-A-Rivera/A.4738-A-Gottfried) by a vote of 91 to 46. The Assembly has passed this legislation for the past four years. According to the bill memo, the New York Health Act would “create a universal single payer health plan—New York Health—to…

The State Legislative Session Is Over—For Now

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, in the wee hours of the morning, the New York State Senate adjourned. That adjournment marked the end of the 2018 legislative session in Albany, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo may call the Legislature back to Albany later this year to handle some unfinished business. Thankfully, Senate Republicans were able to hold…

Legislature Moves Human Trafficking Bills

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in December 1865, banned slavery in the United States. Sadly, however, the plague of slavery continues in 2018. Right here in the United States, women, children, and men are victims of human trafficking. In recent years, the State of New York has taken important steps to…

Passing Grocery Tax Credit Would Help Those Experiencing Poverty

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

Proverbs 14:31: “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.” Poverty is a major problem here in New York and across the country. While poverty statistics vary, USNews.com reported that 14% of Americans lived in poverty in 2016. Many low-income people rely on the generosity…

State Legislature Weighs Expanding Gambling

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

As the 2018 state legislative session comes to a close, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is concerned about two separate pro-gambling bills that could become law here in the Empire State. Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to…

Supreme Court Rules: Religious Hostility Has No Place In A Pluralistic Society

By Albany Update | Jun 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire,…

State Teachers’ Union Needs A Schooling

By Albany Update | May 27, 2018

Unions are supposed to bargain for better pay and benefits, but unfortunately much of the dues they collect gets spent on political and social activism. Too often, unions promote a radical agenda at odds with the Christian values that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working so hard to preserve and share. For example, if…

Some Republicans Soften Bathroom Bill Stance

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

When it comes to New York’s ongoing bathroom battle, Albany Update has good news and bad news. The good news is that the Bathroom Bill—also known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (Bill S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried)—has been defeated in the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee for the second year in a row. On May 15,…

SCOTUS Rules: Sports Betting Ban Violates States’ Rights

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

On Monday, May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. In this case, the Court found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to be unconstitutional because it intrudes on state sovereignty. PASPA had banned most states from…

Amidst Scandal, Schneiderman Steps Down

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

Eric Schneiderman has resigned his post as New York State Attorney General following allegations of violence against women. Schneiderman was first elected Attorney General in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Schneiderman had served in the New York State Senate since 1999. Schneiderman’s resignation took effect on May 8, 2018.…