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.

Patriotism Shouldn’t Require A Permit

By Albany Update | Feb 20, 2018

On February 6, the New York State Senate passed the National Anthem Bill (Bill S.3241-Felder/A.3108-Colton). The National Anthem Bill would bar cities from requiring a permit for individuals and groups to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This bill would explicitly protect Americans who wish to exercise their First Amendment rights…

State Senate Opioid Task Force Meets in Binghamton

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2018

In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in the abuse of the class of drugs known as opioids. Opioids are highly addictive pain-relieving drugs that include heroin and various prescription medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. The opioid crisis has affected the State of New York and the entire nation; according…

Catskills Casino Officially Opens

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2018

In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed to amend the State Constitution and state laws to allow four Vegas-style casinos to open on non-Indian lands in upstate New York. According to the Governor, new casinos were a key mechanism for stimulating upstate economic growth. Unfortunately, elected officials and voters followed the Governor’s lead. Last week, the…

Cuomo Aide Faces Corruption Charges

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2018

Joe Percoco, who once served as a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is being tried in federal court (along with other defendants) for allegedly accepting over $300,000 in bribes and pressuring a person with business before the state to give his wife a lucrative “low-show” job. Percoco has been described as the Governor’s close…

Proposed Transgender Court Rules Should Be Rejected

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2018

For many years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has fought on the front lines against efforts by LGBT advocates to redefine gender in the State of New York. The New York Unified Court System is the latest battleground in this conflict. The Administrative Board of the Courts is considering a proposal to add “gender identity”…

New York Needs To Hold The Line Against Sports Gambling

By Albany Update | Feb 3, 2018

On January 24, 2018, Sen. John Bonacic (R-Mt. Hope), Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, held a hearing in Albany about the potential to expand legalized gambling on professional sports in the State of New York. Of the 202 Members currently serving in the New York State Legislature, Sen. Bonacic may well…

NYC Counselor Coercion Bill Enacted

By Albany Update | Jan 26, 2018

Last year, Albany Update reported on a proposal to ban various types of sexual orientation change efforts in New York City. Unfortunately, that proposal has now become law. On November 30, 2017, the New York City Council passed Int. 1650A-2017 (the New York City Counselor Coercion Law), which would bar anyone from receiving fees for…

Another Albany Pol Is In Hot Water

By Albany Update | Jan 19, 2018

When the 2018 state legislative session began in Albany, the 202 Members of the Legislature had one thing in common: None of them were facing pending criminal charges relating to corruption. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Asm. Pamela Harris (D-Brooklyn) has been indicted on 11 separate federal corruption charges. The federal government alleges…

NYCF Supports the Child Protection Act

By Albany Update | Jan 5, 2018

The recent exposure of sexually predatory behavior by many powerful men in government, Hollywood, and the media across the United States has led to increased calls for the State of New York to change its laws regarding child sexual abuse. As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms deplores child sexual abuse. Sex crimes…

Niagara Falls Pastor Seeks To “Lift The City”

By Albany Update | Jan 1, 2018

Many New Yorkers are acutely aware of the opioid crisis in our communities. For a variety of reasons, some of our friends, relatives and neighbors have become addicted to dangerous drugs that allow them to dull physical or emotional pain. The consequences of this addiction are shattering. While we know that there is a crisis,…

Casino Mogul Should Have Known Profits Would Miss Projections

By Albany Update | Jan 1, 2018

The owner of Tioga Downs—one of the three new Vegas-style casinos that have opened in upstate New York in the past two years—is claiming that if he had known how little money his upgraded casino would make, he would not have built it. Casino mogul Jeff Gural obtained a state license in 2016 to expand…

Rep. Tenney Introduces Clean Government Measure

By Albany Update | Nov 17, 2017

Rep. Claudia Tenney, a Republican member of New York’s congressional delegation, has introduced federal pension-stripping legislation. According to Syracuse.com, Rep. Tenney, R-New Hartford, said that she “introduced the ‘No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Act’ in response to…convicted members of Congress who are allowed to keep drawing their pensions.” The bill “would immediately halt pension payments…

Eric Schneiderman Is At It Again

By Albany Update | Nov 6, 2017

Last month, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined 14 other state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief (also known as a friend-of-the-court brief) opposing President Donald Trump’s ban on “transgender” persons entering the U.S. Armed Forces. According to Attorney General Schneiderman’s website, the amicus brief “argues that banning transgender individuals serving in the…

Sessions Clears Up Obama Administration Confusion

By Albany Update | Oct 21, 2017

The Trump Administration has continued taking steps to undo the harmful legacy of President Barack Obama. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice “will no longer interpret Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to mean that the law’s protections extend to discrimination based on gender…

President Trump Takes New Health Care Actions

By Albany Update | Oct 21, 2017

In recent days, President Donald Trump has taken two executive actions to begin dismantling Obamacare and to provide more freedom and flexibility to health insurance consumers. On October 12, the President issued an Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States. The Order states that “[it] shall be the policy of the…

Bonacic Seeks Sports Betting In Saturated Market

By Albany Update | Oct 3, 2017

For the past several years, the gambling industry has pushed hard for more gambling in the State of New York. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the industry’s efforts have been quite successful; the State Constitution was amended in 2013 to allow for upstate casinos on non-Indian lands, and fantasy sports gambling was legalized in…