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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 After New York repealed the religious exemption to its child vaccination requirements this year, lawsuits were filed in state and federal court by parents’ groups.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…

NYCF’s July 2019 Prayer And Praise Report

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms asks our brothers and sisters in Christ to remember the following thanksgivings and petitions in their prayers during the month of July. We praise and thank the Lord for preventing the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, paid surrogacy, and recreational marijuana in New York in 2019; We ask the Lord to…

‘Inevitable’ Recreational Marijuana Fails In New York

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

The 2019 regular state legislative session in Albany is over, and a highly-touted bill has failed to become law. In fact, that bill failed to receive a floor vote or a committee vote in either house of the State Legislature. That bill is Bill S.1527-Krueger/A.1617-Peoples-Stokes, which would have legalized and commercialized recreational marijuana in the…

Prostitution Legalization Bill Introduced

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2019

On June 10, 2019, Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn) and Asm. Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill to legalize prostitution in the State of New York. Bill S.6419-Salazar/A.8230-Gottfried would make prostitution legal for consenting adults and would allow persons previously convicted of prostitution-related offenses to have those convictions vacated. According to the bill’s sponsors, attempting to…

Women Speak Out Against Legalizing Prostitution

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

Last month, Albany Update reported on efforts by advocates to legalize prostitution in New York. This month, we are pleased to report that opponents of legalized prostitution are pushing back. At a recent Albany press conference held by women’s rights groups, Rev. Dr. Que English, founder of Not On My Watch Inc., spoke of the…

Nassau County Eyes Clergy Tax Exemption

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

Did you know that New York law provides a partial property tax exemption for residences owned by pastors and other members of the clergy? Real Property Tax Law Section 460 provides that residential real estate owned by an active member of the clergy, by a former member of the clergy who is unable to perform…

Legislative Session Enters Last Lap

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out his priorities for the remainder of the state legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 19. As usual, the Governor’s priorities are questionable at best. However, his words offer some encouraging signs for Christian New Yorkers. On May 28, Gov. Cuomo stated that his end-of-session priorities include…

Sports Betting Conversation Raises Constitutional Concerns

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

Legislation to allow sports betting on mobile devices continues to be a topic of conversation in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pursuing regulatory changes that would allow sports betting at casinos. However, the gambling industry wants to go beyond this by passing legislation allowing sports betting on mobile devices. This idea is not just objectionable…

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