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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.

Senator Gallivan Sticks Up for Students

By Albany Update | Mar 8, 2019

Since entering office in 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a wide range of executive orders. In many instances, the Governor’s executive orders have pushed left-wing agenda items on social issues like abortion, sexuality, and gender identity that he had difficulty getting Senate Republicans to agree to. Some of these orders amounted to little more…

Don’t Believe The Hype From Big Pot

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2019

Envision this scenario: A major piece of legislation is considered in Albany. There is reason to believe that the legislation would have a detrimental impact on individuals, families, and public safety. However, business interests from around the country believe that the legislation will be a money-maker, and they spend millions lobbying for it over a…

Assembly Health Approves Government Takeover Of Health Insurance

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2019

On February 28, 2019, the New York State Assembly Health Committee approved the New York Health Act (Bill S.3577-Rivera/A.5248-Gottfried). The New York Health Act (NYHA) would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the State of New York. If this bill were passed, most private health insurance would no longer be allowed in New…

Women’s Justice Agenda, With Troubling Proposals, Released

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

On February 19, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda. Speakers highlighting the Governor’s proposals included: Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, and actress Julianne Moore. This is not the first time that the Governor has laid out a…

Pregnant Women, Not Just Transportation Workers, Need Protection

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked up his proposal to strengthen penalties for assaults on transit workers. The Governor is seeking to make it a felony to assault such workers. According to Gov. Cuomo, “‘New York has zero tolerance for anyone who flagrantly puts the lives and safety of transportation workers in jeopardy.’” New Yorkers…

Recreational Pot Opponents Raise Concerns

By Albany Update | Feb 15, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to legalize the commercial sale of recreational marijuana, and he has included a marijuana legalization bill in his annual budget proposal. Just two short years ago, Gov. Cuomo opposed marijuana legalization and (correctly) called marijuana a gateway drug. Now, the Governor—perhaps motivated by a desire to find new revenue sources or…

Albany Holds Sexual Harassment Hearing

By Albany Update | Feb 15, 2019

For many years, New York government has had a national reputation for corruption. That reputation is well-deserved, as the list of Albany politicians that have run afoul of the law or resigned due to scandal is long. Corruption in Albany transcends lines of geography, political affiliation, gender, and race. While political corruption typically involves the…

Legislature Should Give ‘Liv Act’ Life

By Albany Update | Feb 15, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) has continued to gain negative national press due to its callous disregard for the health of women and the lives of the unborn. The fact that the RHA stripped all abortion-related crimes from the criminal code has drawn special attention.  In Queens, prosecutors recently withdrew a charge of…

Legislative Day Looks To The Future Of Pro-Life New York

By Albany Update | Feb 4, 2019

What are your plans for Tuesday, March 19? At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), we hope they include us! On March 19, NYCF and our affiliate organization, New Yorkers Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), are scheduled to hold our annual Legislative Day event at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Attendees will hear…

Counselor Coercion Bill Clears Senate And Assembly

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2019

Religious liberty, free speech, and parental rights took a major hit in the State of New York last week. On January 15, 2019, each house of the New York State Legislature passed the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.1046–Hoylman/A.576–Glick), which bans mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts—or “change therapy”—with minor clients. The Senate…

Cuomo’s Annual Address Fills Liberal Laundry List

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his annual budget address on January 15, 2019, but his address went far beyond dollars and cents. According to the New York Post, the Governor “unveiled a new $178.8 billion budget long on his progressive agenda aspirations but often short on details of execution.” The Governor also covered a wide range…

Governor Andrew Cuomo Lays Out A Liberal Agenda For New Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Dec 22, 2018

On Monday, December 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the New York City Bar Association setting forth his legislative priorities for the New Year and declaring “independence” from the policies of the federal government under President Donald Trump. To put it mildly, some of the Governor’s priorities need adjusting. According to the Democrat…

New York Needs Prayer As We Face A New Year

By Albany Update | Dec 17, 2018

As we look ahead to January 2019, it is quite possible that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has never needed prayer as urgently as we do now. To put it simply, the dramatic power shift in the New York State Senate that occurred on Election Day means that the many legislative victories with which the…

New Mandated Reporter Law Protects Private School Students

By Albany Update | Dec 17, 2018

A new state law enhances protections against child abuse by closing loopholes that allowed some schools to avoid reporting such abuse to the civil authorities. On December 7, 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.7372-B-Gallivan/A.8485-B-Nolan into law. According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, this legislation requires private schools, charter schools, state-operated schools, and boards…

United States Comes To The Aid of Persecuted Middle Eastern People

By Albany Update | Dec 17, 2018

“For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight” (Psalm 72:12-14). The United…

Trump Administration Continues To Promote Commonsense LGBT Policies

By Albany Update | Dec 8, 2018

During and after the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s statements on LGBT issues caused concern for some Christians. In April 2016, Trump criticized North Carolina’s common-sense bathroom law, asserting that North Carolina “should allow people to use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.’” (Days later, Trump shifted his position, making a states’ rights argument in support…