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.

George Floyd Dies in Custody of Minneapolis, MN Police

By Albany Update | May 29, 2020

On Monday, May 25, 2020, an unarmed African-American man named George Floyd lost his life after being arrested by officers from the Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Department. Floyd’s death became national news following the release of disturbing video footage of his encounter with the police. Bystander video shows Floyd, 46, lying facedown and handcuffed in the…

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson Attacks Samaritan’s Purse Again

By Albany Update | May 8, 2020

Matthew 5:10-12: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for…

State Should Stop Social Distancing From The Developmentally Disabled

By Albany Update | May 4, 2020

In recent weeks, the New York Post has reported on the unacceptable spike in COVID-19 infections and fatalities at many New York nursing homes, and on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s unwillingness to acknowledge the state’s role in the problem or fix it. Sadly, some group homes for the developmentally disabled have also become COVID-19 hotspots. Both…

Proposed Tax Credit Would Come To Aid of First Responders

By Albany Update | Apr 23, 2020

In recent days, the total number of coronavirus cases in New York has risen above 250,000. Sadly, the epidemic has now taken the lives of more than 15,000 New Yorkers. The Empire State continues to be the focal point of the epidemic in the U.S., as the number of infections and deaths here far eclipses…

Samaritan’s Purse Despite Service, Still Vilified

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2020

While the COVID-19 epidemic continues to wreak havoc in the State of New York and across the nation, Samaritan’s Purse continues to serve the Lord by providing needed medical care to coronavirus patients in New York City. As Albany Update has previously reported, Samaritan’s Purse—a Christian disaster relief charity—has opened a 68-bed tent hospital in…

CARES Act Information for Churches And Other Non-Profit Organizations

By Albany Update | Apr 13, 2020

The recently-passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act makes available $2 trillion in relief funds to individuals and employers affected by the coronavirus epidemic. Some of the benefits that are available under the CARES Act are available to churches and other non-profit organiztions. According to COVIDChurchAid.org, a project of the Florida Family Policy…

Planned Parenthood Downsizes During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 13, 2020

In recent days, the COVID-19 outbreak has continued to wreak havoc in New York and across the nation. This is a time of grief and sadness for many of our neighbors. As of April 7, there were 138,836 known coronavirus infections in the state and 5,489 coronavirus-related deaths. It is also a time of fear.…

Tell Cuomo To Focus On Finance, Keep Controversy Out Of The Budget

By Albany Update | Mar 29, 2020

The 2020-2021 New York State Budget is due to be passed no later than April 1, 2020. Obviously, the coronavirus outbreak has complicated the effort to negotiate and pass the budget in a timely manner. To date, four Members of the State Legislature have tested positive for the coronavirus. The workplace restrictions and social distancing…

Parents Can Now Change Children’s Sex On Birth Certificates

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2020

Over the past several years, New York government has made various policy changes to accommodate persons who believe themselves to be members of the opposite sex. Recently, a misleading and damaging new ‘transgender’ policy has gone into effect. On March 10, 2020, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that the New York State…

Gov. Cuomo Signs Coronavirus Leave Into Law

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2020

On March 18, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.8091-Ramos/A.10153-Nolan into law as Chapter 25 of the Laws of 2020. This law provides paid and unpaid sick leave for employees that are affected by quarantines related to the coronavirus outbreak. The new law contains different requirements for employers of different sizes. Small employers with 10…

TAKE ACTION: Tell Sen. Schumer His Dangerous Rhetoric Is Wrong

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2020

On March 4, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (previously known as June Medical Services v. Gee), a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana statute that requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic in which they perform abortions. In addition, a…

Poll Shows Long Island Isn’t Sold On Legalizing Pot

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some Democratic state lawmakers continue to beat the drum for the legalization and commercialization of recreational marijuana, a recent poll shows that voters on Long Island have reservations about the proposal. A recent poll commissioned by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) in the six Long Island State Senate districts that…

ADF Files Suit Challenging ‘Transgender’ Sports Policy

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

Last month, three female high school students filed a legal challenge to a Connecticut policy that allows male athletes who identify as “transgender” to participate in girls’ sports. The three girls and their mothers are claiming that this policy violates a 1972 federal civil rights law known as Title IX. (Title IX provides that “No…

Cuomo Urges Slow Roll On Downstate Casinos

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

To put it mildly, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) doesn’t agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo very often. Recently, however, the Governor said something that made sense. Last week, LoHud.com reported that Gov. Cuomo “urged caution” in the face of pressure from the gambling industry to expand Vegas-style casino gambling in the New York City…

State Funds Sought For Private School Background Checks

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

Last month, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) submitted testimony in support of Christian schools to Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein. Bill S.3335-Kaminsky/A.4652-Rozic would require that prospective employees of nonpublic schools—including Christian schools—submit fingerprints through the State Education Department for the purpose of criminal background…

Could Commercial Weed Still Go Up In Smoke?

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2020

The legislative battle over marijuana continues to rage in Albany. While some advocates continue to speak out against allowing “big marijuana” to set up shop in the Empire State, the primary disagreement amongst Albany Democrats is not about whether to legalize recreational marijuana. It’s about how the tax revenue should be distributed once marijuana has…