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.

Ten Bad Bills Pending in Albany

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2020

At the New York State Capitol in Albany, thousands of bills are introduced for consideration every year. Many of those bills are inconsequential, many are ill-advised, and a few are good. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms spends a significant chunk of its resources on a fourth category of Albany bills: Bills that are morally unacceptable…

State Ed Gets Schooled On Private School Regs

By Albany Update | Feb 17, 2020

Christian New Yorkers and parents of various faiths were outraged last year when the New York State Education Department (NYSED) proposed a massive regulatory power grab that threatened the continued existence of some nonpublic schools. Under the guise of ensuring that nonpublic schools provide their students with an education that is “substantially equivalent” to the…

Appellate Division Finds Fantasy Sports Law Unconstitutional

By Albany Update | Feb 17, 2020

On August 3, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing fantasy sports gambling. The law declared fantasy sports to be games of skill, not games of chance; this language allowed the Legislature and the Governor to sidestep language in the New York State Constitution that bans fantasy sports gambling. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms…

Norris Seeks To Make New York A No-Trafficking State

By Albany Update | Feb 9, 2020

With the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act of 2015 and other important laws, the State of New York has made strides against the scourge of human trafficking. However, more work remains to be done. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) supports legislation that cracks down on traffickers and on persons who…

Maternal Opioid Addiction Impacts Infants As Well

By Albany Update | Feb 9, 2020

Opioid addiction is truly a crisis in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses accounted for 70,237 deaths across the nation in 2017. Two-thirds of those deaths were opioid-related. Opioids don’t just take a toll on adults. They also take a toll on babies who are born with opioid withdrawal…

Cuomo Pushes Pot In Proposed Fiscal Plan

By Albany Update | Feb 3, 2020

I Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” As part of his annual budget proposal in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his version of a bill to legalize and commercialize the sale of recreational marijuana. It’s not a pretty picture.…

Protect Innocent Eyes from Obscenity

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2020

Last month, four members of Congress wrote to U.S. Attorney General William Barr to advocate for stronger enforcement of existing federal laws that ban obscenity. Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, writes that 15 states have recently declared pornography to be a public health crisis. Schilling adds that “studies that have shown that…

Cuomo Pops Social Policy In State Fiscal Plan

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2020

On January 21, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2020-2021 state budget proposal. It’s not a pretty picture. Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature are facing a daunting $6.1 billion budget deficit. This reality will be central to the upcoming negotiations in anticipation of the March 31 budget deadline. The budget deficit is leading the…

Birth Certificate Lawsuit Filed by ‘Transgender’ Teen

By Albany Update | Jan 21, 2020

A new federal lawsuit challenging a New York policy on constitutional grounds has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The lawsuit contends that this policy violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. At…

Mobile Sports Betting Bill Moving In State Senate

By Albany Update | Jan 21, 2020

A bill to allow sports betting on cell phones, laptops, and other mobile devices is on the move in the New York State Senate. On January 13, 2020, Bill S.17-D-Addabbo/A.6113-C-Pretlow was unanimously approved by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee and referred to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration. Pro-gambling lawmakers also intend…

Cuomo Backs LGBT Amendment

By Albany Update | Jan 21, 2020

During the course of his nine years in office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it his business to do a good deal of damage in regard to issues of gender and sexuality. In 2011, he spearheaded the passage of the so-called “Marriage Equality Act.” Last year, he signed both the Bathroom Law (banning discrimination based…

Summarizing Cuomo’s 2020 State Of The State

By Albany Update | Jan 12, 2020

On January 8, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered this year’s State of the State Address. The speech consisted of a warmed-over smorgasbord of largely uninspiring policy proposals coupled with a few very bad ideas (paid surrogacy and recreational pot, to name two) and the usual empty, hypocritical calls for unity from the same governor who…

Legislative Day 2020: Ever Upward

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2020

Friends, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms cordially invite you to attend Ever Upward: Legislative Day 2020. This year’s Legislative Day event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Albany, New York. The title of this year’s event is drawn from New York’s official state motto: Excelsior. This Latin…

Cuomo Pushes Rent-A-Womb Proposal In 2020 Agenda

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2020

As we ring in the New Year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is busy laying out his 2020 agenda. Unfortunately, legalizing the destructive and unnecessary practice of paid surrogacy is part of it. On December 30, Gov. Cuomo announced the 16th proposal contained in his 2020 State of the State agenda. The Governor proposes to lift New…

Citing Concerns With Trump Picks, Cuomo Vetoes Wedding Officiant Bill

By Albany Update | Dec 30, 2019

In June 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing governors and former governors of New York to officiate at wedding ceremonies. Three-and-a-half years later, he signed another bill allowing state legislators to do the same. On December 20, 2019, Gov. Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have allowed federal judges to officiate at wedding ceremonies.…

An Inconsistent Andrew Cuomo Promotes Commercial Pot

By Albany Update | Dec 30, 2019

A recent proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo would crack down on stores that illegally sell untaxed cigarettes from other states. Regarding this proposal, the Governor commented: “‘Cigarettes claim thousands of lives each year, and we will not turn a blind eye to retailers who deliberately flout the law just to make an extra buck at…