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.

NYCF Offers Holocaust Remembrance Day Remarks

By Albany Update | Jan 27, 2021

Rochester, NY—January 27 marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Accordingly, the annual date is designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jason J. McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, offered the following remarks: “On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the memory of the six million Jewish lives lost…

U.S. Supreme Court To Review Right To Donor Privacy

By Albany Update | Jan 23, 2021

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to hear two connected cases relating to donor disclosure. The cases, Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra and Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, are legal challenges by conservative nonprofit organizations to a California policy that requires nonprofits to disclose their major donors to the California…

President Biden’s Priorities

By Albany Update | Jan 23, 2021

Corrected February 4, 2021 Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021. President Biden’s actions thus far, together with his stated plans for his first 100 days in office, provide a clear picture of his priorities for the nation. It appears that those priorities involve dismantling many…

So-Called Equality Act Could See Life In New Congress

By Albany Update | Jan 17, 2021

The Democratic Party’s takeover of Congress and the White House in the 2020 elections will have major repercussions for policymaking at the federal level in 2021. One piece of damaging legislation that could become law this year is the so-called Equality Act. The Equality Act would make sexual orientation and gender identity protected categories under…

NYCF Releases 2021-2022 Legislative Agenda

By Albany Update | Jan 16, 2021

At the beginning of the New York state legislative session in every odd-numbered year, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) prepares its legislative agenda. This document is distributed to all 213 members of the New York State Legislature. NYCF’s legislative agenda lays out a set of policy priorities driven by our mission to influence legislation…

Cuomo Wants State To Cash In On Cannabis—And Serve As Bookie

By Albany Update | Jan 10, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address has been scheduled for Monday, January 11. Due to the coronavirus, the address will be delivered in a virtual setting. On January 6, the Governor offered a preview of some of the proposals he intends to unveil during his address. Gov. Cuomo noted that state government…

State Senate Selects 2021 Committee Chairs

By Albany Update | Jan 10, 2021

On January 5, 2021, the Senate Democratic Conference released their list of committee chairs for the 2021 legislative session. One selection, in particular, is cause for concern. Sen. Jabari Brisport, 33, is a first-term legislator from Brooklyn. A teacher by profession, Sen. Brisport campaigned on an aggressively left-wing agenda that included calls for single-payer health…

Baby Bichotte Bill Becomes Law

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2021

Last July, both houses of the New York State Legislature passed the Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law to protect pregnant mothers who experience pre-term labor. The Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law (Bill S.8525-Montgomery/A.2770-C-Bichotte) was introduced by Asm. Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn). The bill is named for the Assemblywoman’s deceased son. Asm. Bichotte recently shared her personal experience with…

State Senate Selects 2021 Leadership

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2021

In preparation for the 2021 legislative session, Republican and Democratic members of the New York State Senate have chosen their respective leaders. On December 15, 2020, the 20-member Senate Republican Conference unanimously elected Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) to continue in the role of Senate Minority Leader. Sen. Ortt first assumed this leadership role in…

Proclaiming Justice And Mercy

By Albany Update | Dec 28, 2020

Micah 6:8: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms works in Albany to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ. In so doing,…

Rosenthal Introduces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

By Albany Update | Dec 12, 2020

If you thought the great mask divide of 2020 was contentious, get ready for the vaccine mandate debate of 2021. A New York state lawmaker has introduced a bill that, if passed and signed into law, could lead to a COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The bill, A.11179, was introduced at the request of Asm. Linda Rosenthal…

Poll Shows Slim Majority Favor Mobile Sports Betting

By Albany Update | Dec 5, 2020

Lobbyists working toward legalizing online sports gambling have spent millions in recent years trying to move the betting ball over the goal line. In 2018, New Jersey legislators approved sports gambling in the Garden State. Many believed that would provide the momentum to push it past the pylon in the Empire State as well. It…

How Will A Democratic Supermajority Reshape New York?

By Albany Update | Nov 26, 2020

Now that Senate Democrats in New York state have secured two-thirds of the legislative seats in that chamber, what will they do with their supermajority? A Democratic supermajority in both houses of the State Legislature (the State Assembly has been under a Democratic supermajority for decades) will certainly change the political landscape of Albany. Undoubtedly,…

Comptroller DiNapoli Warns Against Gambling Expansion

By Albany Update | Nov 21, 2020

On November 12, 2020, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report entitled “A Question of Balance: Gaming Revenues and Problem Gambling in New York State.” In that report, Comptroller DiNapoli struck a much-needed note of caution regarding proposals to legalize online gambling. According to the comptroller: The lottery generates billions of dollars each…

Cuomo Pushes Pot For Profit, But Commercial Cannabis Is No Panacea

By Albany Update | Nov 2, 2020

In recent weeks, the full legalization of recreational marijuana has again been mentioned as a cure for New York’s fiscal woes. At a recent media event to promote his ill-timed new book, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked when recreational marijuana might become legal. His answer? “‘Soon, because now we need the money . . .…

Supreme Court Confirmation Spurs Court-Packing Conversation

By Albany Update | Nov 2, 2020

The confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States has led to a predictable chorus of disapproval from leftists, establishment Democrats, and others who see the Constitution as a “living document” to be manipulated in the service of political priorities. However, the backlash against Justice Barrett’s appointment is so…