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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.

Christian Business Owners Should Not Capitulate To LGBT Demands

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other like-minded organizations around the country work tirelessly to thwart extremist LGBT legislation, both locally and nationally. However, legislation is only one of the avenues used by LGBT activists in an effort to influence American society. LGBT activists also exert influence on American employers by pressuring them to adopt…

Raging Cuomo Rejects Trump’s Transgender Healthcare Changes

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

The Trump administration is taking aim at yet another ill-advised Obama-era executive action. Predictably, Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t happy about it. The Affordable Care Act (President Barack Obama’s signature health care law) banned sex discrimination in certain health care activities. Significantly, a federal rule “interpreted” this sex discrimination ban to include a ban on—you guessed…

Pro-Abortion Politicians Seek To Silence Pro-Life Speech

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

Christians and other pro-life individuals across New York and the nation were horrified when the so-called Reproductive Health Act became law in January 2019. That horror turned to outrage when Gov. Andrew Cuomo lit One World Trade Center in pink to celebrate his “victory.” To make matters worse, New York has enacted an abortion pill…

Summer Camp Shooting Programs Come Under Fire

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

A gun control bill passed by the New York State Legislature last month could have unfortunate consequences for Christian summer camps. Passed by both houses of the Legislature on March 4, 2019, Bill S.2450-A-Krueger/A.2686-A-Paulin awaits action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bill relates to firearm storage. Under this bill, a person who lives with a…

Court Rules Favorably In Private School Case

By Albany Update | Apr 22, 2019

Christian schools and other nonpublic schools recently won an important case in a state trial court in Albany. On April 17, 2019, State Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba found that so-called “guidelines” issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in November 2018 regarding the monitoring of nonpublic schools violated state law. On that…

NYCF’s May Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

During the month of May, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms humbly asks that our friends and supporters throughout the Empire State remember the following prayer requests: That the 2019 legislative session would come to an end without the passage of any more destructive and ungodly laws; Specifically, that bills to legalize recreational marijuana, paid surrogacy,…

State Legislature Passes $175.5 Billion Budget

By Albany Update | Apr 7, 2019

The 2019-2020 New York State Budget has been passed. Because Democrats now control the State Senate, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) participated in the budget process for the first time. Despite this change, however, the process did not seem to change much; it featured closed-door negotiations, last-minute deals, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo getting his…

Cuomo Still Supports Paid Surrogacy

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out publicly in support of paid surrogacy legislation. Last week, the Governor reiterated his support for this wrong-headed measure in the following statement: New York State has led the way for progressive reforms for the LGBTQ community and women’s equality movement. It is unconscionable that people need to…

New Jersey Approves Doctor-Assisted Death; Fight Shifts To New York

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

New York’s neighbor to the south has just jumped on the doctor-assisted death bandwagon. On March 25, 2019, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As of this writing, the bill awaits action by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who has stated that he intends to sign it; according to…

Recreational Pot Gets Caught In The Legislative Weeds

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

For the past several months, New Yorkers have been inundated with relentless media messaging about recreational marijuana. The message has been simple: Recreational marijuana legalization in New York is inevitable. Regardless of the issue in question, the language of inevitability is used in politics to discourage and demoralize opposing voices. Further, it is used to…

House Democrats Trash Trump’s G.I. Gender Policy

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

On March 28, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-implemented policy regarding “transgender” servicemembers. Scheduled to go into effect on April 12, the new policy does not ban persons identifying as “transgender” from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Rather, it requires a servicemember who joins…

Schenectady Casino Seeks Slot Machine Relief

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

The 2019-2020 New York State budget calls for $175.5 billion in spending. During budget season in Albany, powerful special interests send lobbyists to Albany in an effort to obtain a chunk of that funding. One such special interest group is the gambling industry. Last week, the Times Union reported that a representative of Rivers Casino…

NYCF Welcomes Nearly 1,200 To Legislative Day 2019

By Albany Update | Mar 25, 2019

On March 19, 2019, nearly 1,200 Christians from across New York gathered at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany for New Yorker for Constitutional Freedoms’ 2019 Legislative Day. The theme for this year’s event was “A New Season.” Walt Heyer of SexChangeRegret.comshared his uplifting testimony of freedom from gender dysphoria and explained the causes…

Voters: New York Democrats Are Going Too Far

By Albany Update | Mar 24, 2019

New York government has been under unified Democratic Party control since January 2019. During that time period, state government has granted “transgender” persons access to opposite-sex facilities by passing the Bathroom Bill, denied youths with unwanted same-sex attraction access to professional counseling, mandated insurance coverage for abortion-causing drugs, passed a series of gun control measures,…

Cuomo Rejects Accelerated Schedule For City Casinos

By Albany Update | Mar 24, 2019

In Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators are looking for ways to close a gap in next year’s budget. Well-funded gambling interests are arguing that more gambling will solve the state’s revenue problems. Under current law, there is a moratorium on new casino development in New York City until 2023. However, multiple gambling companies…

Legal Prostitution Promotes Human Trafficking

By Albany Update | Mar 18, 2019

Multiple Members of the New York State Legislature have publicly stated their support for the legalization of prostitution. This degrading and anti-woman proposal should be rejected. Prostitution is a dangerous activity, and many who engage in that activity do not do so by choice. Research shows that globally, prostitutes have a 45% to 75% chance…