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Restoration of Honor or Stolen Valor?

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) has a long history of introducing LGBT-agenda bills in the New York State Legislature. Sen. Hoylman’s latest effort is the so-called New York State Restoration of Honor Act (Bill S.45-A-Hoylman). (A similar bill, Bill A.54-A-Buchwald, has been introduced in the Assembly.) This legislation relates to military veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges…

Trump Administration Emphasizing Judicial Confirmations

By Albany Update | May 28, 2019

The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives in last fall’s elections has had a predictable result: Gridlock. Politico correctly notes that it is highly unlikely that the House will work with a Republican White House and a Republican Senate to pass major legislation in the 2019-2020 session. Given the Democratic Party’s headlong rush…

New Hope Family Services May Be Heading To Appeal

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption agency based in Syracuse, had sued to challenge state regulations requiring agencies not to “discriminate” on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation in connection with adoption placements.…

Sports Gambling Gains Yards in Senate Gaming Committee

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 13, 2019, a bill that would allow gambling casinos to offer sports betting on digital devices was approved by the New York State Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. Bill S.17-A-Addabbo/A.6113-A-Pretlow would: Require each casino that offers mobile sports betting to pay the state a $12 million license fee and a 0.2% royalty…

Efforts to Legitimize Prostitution Underway

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

John 8:10-11: “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Last week, a group of prostitutes,…

Casinos Seek and Receive Slot Relief

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo successfully pushed for a casino expansion amendment to the New York State Constitution in 2013, he presented casinos as drivers of job opportunities and economic growth in upstate New York. Casino operators jumped on the bandwagon, offering “rosy financial estimates to the state to win the gambling licenses.” Since that time,…

Christian Business Owners Should Not Capitulate To LGBT Demands

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other like-minded organizations around the country work tirelessly to thwart extremist LGBT legislation, both locally and nationally. However, legislation is only one of the avenues used by LGBT activists in an effort to influence American society. LGBT activists also exert influence on American employers by pressuring them to adopt…

Raging Cuomo Rejects Trump’s Transgender Healthcare Changes

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

The Trump administration is taking aim at yet another ill-advised Obama-era executive action. Predictably, Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t happy about it. The Affordable Care Act (President Barack Obama’s signature health care law) banned sex discrimination in certain health care activities. Significantly, a federal rule “interpreted” this sex discrimination ban to include a ban on—you guessed…

Pro-Abortion Politicians Seek To Silence Pro-Life Speech

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

Christians and other pro-life individuals across New York and the nation were horrified when the so-called Reproductive Health Act became law in January 2019. That horror turned to outrage when Gov. Andrew Cuomo lit One World Trade Center in pink to celebrate his “victory.” To make matters worse, New York has enacted an abortion pill…

Summer Camp Shooting Programs Come Under Fire

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

A gun control bill passed by the New York State Legislature last month could have unfortunate consequences for Christian summer camps. Passed by both houses of the Legislature on March 4, 2019, Bill S.2450-A-Krueger/A.2686-A-Paulin awaits action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bill relates to firearm storage. Under this bill, a person who lives with a…

Court Rules Favorably In Private School Case

By Albany Update | Apr 22, 2019

Christian schools and other nonpublic schools recently won an important case in a state trial court in Albany. On April 17, 2019, State Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba found that so-called “guidelines” issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in November 2018 regarding the monitoring of nonpublic schools violated state law. On that…

NYCF’s May Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

During the month of May, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms humbly asks that our friends and supporters throughout the Empire State remember the following prayer requests: That the 2019 legislative session would come to an end without the passage of any more destructive and ungodly laws; Specifically, that bills to legalize recreational marijuana, paid surrogacy,…

State Legislature Passes $175.5 Billion Budget

By Albany Update | Apr 7, 2019

The 2019-2020 New York State Budget has been passed. Because Democrats now control the State Senate, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) participated in the budget process for the first time. Despite this change, however, the process did not seem to change much; it featured closed-door negotiations, last-minute deals, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo getting his…

Cuomo Still Supports Paid Surrogacy

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out publicly in support of paid surrogacy legislation. Last week, the Governor reiterated his support for this wrong-headed measure in the following statement: New York State has led the way for progressive reforms for the LGBTQ community and women’s equality movement. It is unconscionable that people need to…

New Jersey Approves Doctor-Assisted Death; Fight Shifts To New York

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

New York’s neighbor to the south has just jumped on the doctor-assisted death bandwagon. On March 25, 2019, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As of this writing, the bill awaits action by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who has stated that he intends to sign it; according to…

Recreational Pot Gets Caught In The Legislative Weeds

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

For the past several months, New Yorkers have been inundated with relentless media messaging about recreational marijuana. The message has been simple: Recreational marijuana legalization in New York is inevitable. Regardless of the issue in question, the language of inevitability is used in politics to discourage and demoralize opposing voices. Further, it is used to…

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