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.

Fantasy Sports Gambling Finds Itself Back In Court

By NYCF | Oct 9, 2016

Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo capitulated to gambling interests once again by legalizing online fantasy sports gambling. Last week, a lawsuit was filed to challenge the constitutionality of the fantasy sports law. According to the Buffalo News, the lawsuit contends that the legalization of fantasy sports required an…

NYC To Study Supervising Drug Use

By NYCF | Oct 4, 2016

The City of New York is considering opening “supervised injection facilities” for intravenous drug users. According to the New York Post, the New York City Council “has allocated $100,000 to the Health Department for a nine-month study” on the potential injection facilities. Supporters claim that injection facilities outside the United States have lowered HIV transmission…

Legislative Pay Raise Remains Elusive

By NYCF | Oct 4, 2016

Albany Update has previously reported on the potential for a legislative pay raise this year. In recent days, the prospects of an increase have grown dimmer. After one member of the Commission on Legislative, Judicial & Executive Compensation proposed an astronomical 76% legislative pay increase, Gov. Andrew Cuomo commented that lawmakers should publicly make the…

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New Site Seeks To Restore Restroom Sanity

By NYCF | Sep 27, 2016

Following the Obama Administration’s school bathroom edict earlier this year, transgender bathroom controversies continue to unfold across the nation. In the wake of those controversies, one organization has come up with a novel concept: Ask women how they feel about sharing women-only spaces with men. Family Policy Alliance, a public policy affiliate of Focus on…

Big Basketball Joins In Bathroom Bullying

By NYCF | Sep 27, 2016

The State of North Carolina remains Ground Zero in America’s transgender bathroom controversies. In response to the state’s passage of the common-sense bathroom law known as H.B. 2, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) have all moved events out of North Carolina. These unfortunate…

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Cuomo Cronies Charged

By NYCF | Sep 27, 2016

Another week, another series of Albany arrests. On Thursday, September 22, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed criminal complaints alleging that “[some] of New York’s largest upstate development projects under Gov. Andrew Cuomo were tainted by self-dealing and bid rigging.” Ten individuals—including SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros, lobbyist…

Charter School Movement Continues to Grow in New York City

By NYCF | Sep 13, 2016

As students return to school for the 2016-2017 academic year, new figures show that a growing percentage of New York City children attends charter schools. According to the New York Post, more than 100,000 students—and more than 10 percent of all students in New York City—now attend charter schools. Charter schools are public schools that…

Corrupt Pols Should Pay Restitution

By NYCF | Sep 6, 2016

A recent article in the New York Daily News shines a light on an important aspect of the Empire State’s political corruption epidemic: The often-lengthy struggle to obtain financial restitution from elected officials after they have been convicted. According to the Daily News, “some of the city’s most corrupt pols fight tooth and nail to avoid…

Tioga Downs Receives Casino License

By NYCF | Sep 6, 2016

The State of New York’s warm embrace of the casino industry continues.

Big Spenders Dominate Albany's Political Scene

By NYCF | Aug 15, 2016

Recent news offers New Yorkers an uncomfortable reminder of Albany’s pay-to-play political culture.

Fantasy Sports Betting Bill Signed

By NYCF | Aug 5, 2016

Near the end of the 2016 legislative session, the Legislature passed a bill allowing fantasy sports gambling in the State of New York. On Wednesday, August 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law.

We're One Human Family

By NYCF | Jul 23, 2016

It is no secret that race relations in the United States are not what they could and should be.

Hillary Off the Hook—For Now

By NYCF | Jul 8, 2016

Most readers are already aware that the FBI investigation into the e-mail scandal surrounding presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has now concluded.

Unconstitutional Obama Immigration Action Overturned

By NYCF | Jun 29, 2016

Regarding Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the attempted expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—President Barack Obama’s infamous executive actions pertaining to amnesty for illegal immigrants—the United States Supreme Court has managed to do the right thing.

Albany Needs A Reboot

By NYCF | Jun 29, 2016

In recent weeks, multiple columnists covering the state government beat have been writing about the dysfunction that is endemic to the New York State Capitol. Tom Precious of The Buffalo News is one voice that has weighed in on the topic.

Supreme Court Rejects SAFE Act Challenge

By NYCF | Jun 26, 2016

Last week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a legal challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act. According to the Buffalo News, this particular challenge to the gun control law was brought by a plaintiff named Douglas Kampfer. Another case, which was filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, had…