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House Subcommittee Cites Troubled Southern Poverty Law Center List

By Albany Update | Oct 8, 2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a mess. Just this year, the organization founded its founder, Morris Dees, for undisclosed reasons. Later, other senior leaders stepped down, employees spoke out against harassment and discrimination within the organization, and outside consultants were brought in to evaluate the practices of the so-called civil rights watchdog. The…

Collins Resigns, Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges

By Albany Update | Oct 8, 2019

On September 30, 2019, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY27) resigned his position in the U.S. House of Representatives. On October 1, he pleaded guilty to a federal charge relating to securities fraud and to another charge relating to lying to the federal government. Collins was indicted last August based on accusations that he had used insider…

Democratic Leaders May Frontload Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Oct 1, 2019

The New York State Legislature is considering a change to its legislative calendar that could have a major impact on public policy. In recent years, the state legislative session has typically run from January until mid-to-late-June. Following the passage of the annual budget at the end of March, the legislators take a break during part…

2020 Expansion Effort Expected From Gambling Industry

By Albany Update | Oct 1, 2019

The casino industry has some plans for next year that socially-conservative New Yorkers should know about and work against. The first, and most significant, push that can be expected in 2020 is the push to allow more downstate casinos to open immediately. Since the 2013 casino amendment to the Constitution of the State of New…

Regional Briefings Return

By Albany Update | Sep 16, 2019

Whether we are ready for it or not, autumn officially begins on September 23, 2019. Friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) and our affiliate organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), know that the fall is a season when NYFRF holds regional special events to connect with our supporters, inform voters about key…

State Gambling Study Is ‘Too Late’

By Albany Update | Sep 16, 2019

Earlier this year, the New York State Gaming Commission solicited proposals to conduct a study of the gambling industry in the Empire State. The proposed study would evaluate the existing casinos in New York, assess the potential consequences of issuing new casino licenses, and consider the potential market for online gambling and for expanded sports…

NYCF Submits Substantial Equivalency Comment

By Albany Update | Sep 8, 2019

Last week, Albany Update reported that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was accepting public comments on a proposed rule relating to instruction in nonpublic schools. Specifically, the proposed rule would create an intrusive, unfair, and unnecessary mechanism allowing public school districts to evaluate the instruction provided at nonpublic schools (including Christian schools) and…

Heavy Hand Of Gillibrand Enforces Pro-Abortion Litmus Test

By Albany Update | Sep 8, 2019

In June of this year, during her short-lived presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made headlines by openly calling for a pro-abortion litmus test to be used in appointing federal judges. According to Sen. Gillibrand: “‘There’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side…

Confidentiality Protections Extended To Trafficking Victims

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2019

On August 1, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.5444-Salazar/A.7515-Cruz (now Chapter 141 of the Law of 2019). This legislation expands the state’s already-existing address confidentiality program. The program already provided a mechanism for domestic violence survivors to keep their addresses confidential. The new law expands the program, making address confidentiality available to survivors of…

Preliminary Injunctions In Vaccination Cases Denied

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2019

In recent days, two legal challenges to New York’s new vaccine law met with major setbacks. After New York repealed the religious exemption to its child vaccination requirements this year, lawsuits were filed in state and federal court by parents’ groups. According to the Albany Times Union, six parents sued in federal court on the…

Conflicting Transgender Cases Call For Clarity

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2019

Two recent federal court decisions regarding “transgender” issues demonstrate the great need for clarity in American public policy regarding sex and gender identity. Last month, a federal judge in Alaska ruled in favor of a Christian shelter for battered women that had been accused of discriminating against a “transgender” individual. In January 2018, Hope Center…

NYCF’s September Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Aug 26, 2019

During the month of September, 2019, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms covets the prayers of our friends and supporters in the following areas: That the fall events held by our affiliate organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, will be well-attended and edifying; That the Lord will continue to bless our efforts to renovate our ministry…

Court Battles Continue Over Legislators’ Outside Income

By Albany Update | Aug 26, 2019

How much should members of the New York State Legislature be paid? Should they be allowed to hold other positions, or should their outside income be limited? Who should decide? These questions have been discussed in Albany for many years. Recently, they have been discussed in court, too. After lawmakers (unwisely) created a Compensation Committee…

Movement On Maternal Mortality

By Albany Update | Aug 19, 2019

On August 1, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that created a maternal mortality review board. According to the Albany Times Union, Bill S.1819-Rivera/A.3276-Joyner implements a recommendation made by a task force that studied maternal deaths in New York. The maternal mortality review board will be responsible for studying each death that occurs during childbirth…

Leftists Plan Leap Year Lurch

By Albany Update | Aug 19, 2019

Between the Abortion Act, the Bathroom Bill, and the raft of other radical bills that passed in Albany this year, you might think that the political left would be satisfied with its efforts and ease up a bit next year. You would be wrong. Instead, progressives are looking to lurch our state even further left…

Attorney General James Pushes Pot And Paid Surrogacy Proposals

By Albany Update | Aug 13, 2019

Recently, the State of Politics blog reported on an interview with New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James. According to the blog, Attorney General James “counts her first year in office as a success, racking up legislative victories for bills her office sought that limit the president’s pardon power, tighten regulations for data breaches and…

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