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.

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…

The 2016 Legislative Session: Reforms Fail

By NYCF | Jun 26, 2016

Despite the clear need to make government cleaner and more accountable in New York, the Legislature failed to make substantial progress in 2016 on message of necessity reform, term limits, initiative and referendum, or any other clean-government legislation supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. (While the State Senate did pass Bill S.2722-D-Griffo/A.4677-D-Galef, which would…

Pray For Orlando

By NYCF | Jun 20, 2016

Like millions of other Americans, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is outraged and grieved at the jihad terror attack that occurred on June 12 at an Orlando, Florida nightclub. This attack by one gunman killed 50 and wounded more than 50. The gunman—who pledged allegiance to ISIS during the attack—was killed by police following a…