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.

President Joe Biden to Appoint New Supreme Court Justice

By Albany Update | Jan 28, 2022

An upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States will offer President Joe Biden his first opportunity to appoint a new justice to the Court. On January 27, 2022, Justice Stephen Breyer announced that he would retire from the Supreme Court this summer, provided that a replacement has been appointed and confirmed by…

Albany’s Democratic Majorities Game The System

By Albany Update | Jan 28, 2022

Recent events in the New York State Legislature reflect attempts by a majority party—in this case, the Democrats—to game the system to their advantage. On January 25, 2022, the New York State Assembly voted 101 to 43 to change its rules on debates within the Assembly chamber. The rules change limits debate on an individual…

Troutman Confirmed To Court Of Appeals

By Albany Update | Jan 15, 2022

On January 12, 2022, the New York State Senate voted to confirm Judge Shirley Troutman as the newest judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Judge Troutman was sworn in later that day. Judge Troutman is the first Court of Appeals judge to have been nominated by Gov. Kathy Hochul.…

State Senate Passes Voting Measures

By Albany Update | Jan 15, 2022

On January 10, 2022, the New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills to liberalize voting and voter registration in New York. The Senate-passed bills include legislation that would: Decrease the voter registration deadline from 25 days before an election to 10 days before an election; Require that a ballot from an eligible…

Mobile Sports Gambling Goes Live

By Albany Update | Jan 15, 2022

Proverbs 13:11: “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” On January 8, 2022, the New York State Gaming Commission informed four sports betting operators that they could begin taking bets via mobile devices in New York. The Commission’s action follows the 2019 legalization of sports gambling at…

Take Action At NYCF’s Legislative Action Center

By Albany Update | Jan 15, 2022

Once upon a time, and not so very long ago, the website of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms did not include a feature that allowed voters to communicate directly with elected officials. In those days, when we wanted to encourage voters to e-mail their state legislators in opposition to same-sex “marriage,” we had to ask…

Manhattan DA Decides To Stop Prosecuting Certain Crimes

By Albany Update | Jan 8, 2022

On January 4, 2022, newly-elected Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sent a memo to his staff to lay out new policies to be followed. Some of those policies involve declining to prosecute certain types of crimes. According to the New York Daily News, District Attorney Bragg’s memo stated that resisting arrest, trespassing, and aggravated unlicensed…

More Than Half Of State’s Municipalities Opt Out Of Marijuana Sales

By Albany Update | Jan 8, 2022

Under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), New York’s cities, towns, and villages faced a December 31, 2021 deadline to opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries (retail stores) or lounges (on-site marijuana consumption spaces) to open within their borders. While the Rockefeller Institute of Government is still in the process of compiling information on…

Citizen Advocates Now Have New Tool

By Albany Update | Jan 8, 2022

On December 28, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Bill S.155-Gianaris/A.6267-Mamdani. The legislation will create a three-year pilot program that allows a greater level of public participation in the creation of new state regulations in New York. There are two key provisions of the new law. The first allows state agencies to use innovative approaches to…

New York’s January Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Dec 27, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites our friends and supporters to lift the following requests before the Lord in the month of January: That the Lord would protect the State of New York against the passage of unwise or evil laws in 2022, and that He would empower His people to speak out boldly for…

The 2021 Legislative Session In Review

By Albany Update | Dec 27, 2021

As we look back at events affecting New York politics and policy in 2021, Christian New Yorkers have a great deal to be thankful for. While New Yorkers have experienced great difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while some of those difficulties were made worse by onerous government mandates, we can be thankful that the…

Over A Quarter Of Municipalities Enact Marijuana Opt-Out Ordinances

By Albany Update | Dec 11, 2021

New York’s new recreational marijuana law allows cities, towns, and villages to opt out of two of its provisions. Municipalities may choose not to allow marijuana dispensaries and/or not to allow on-site marijuana consumption lounges. However, municipalities that wish to pass opt-out ordinances are running out of time to do so; the opt-out deadline is…

NYC Council Votes To Grant Voting Rights To Noncitizens

By Albany Update | Dec 11, 2021

Noncitizens On December 9, 2021, the New York City Council passed a bill allowing some noncitizens to vote in New York City elections. According to City & State New York, the legislation will allow “immigrants with permanent residency or legal work authorization” to vote in New York City races for mayor, City Council, comptroller, public…

NYC Sanctions Supervised Injection Sites

By Albany Update | Dec 6, 2021

On November 30, 2021, New York City opened two supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users. According to The New York Times, New York is “the first U.S. city to open officially authorized injection sites.” This is an unfortunate distinction. The stated purpose of the injection sites is to reduce deaths from drug overdoses, which…

Last Chance For Locals To Opt Out Of Pot

By Albany Update | Dec 6, 2021

The end of the year is fast approaching. From now through December 31, 2021, cities, towns, and villages across New York can still opt out of allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries and consumption sites to open within their boundaries. According to State of Politics, many municipalities have opted out because of a lack of information from…

Nourish New York Enacted

By Albany Update | Nov 24, 2021

On November 20, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation (Bill S.4892-A-Hinchey/A.5781-A-Cruz) making the Nourish New York program permanent. The Nourish New York program began as a temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the outset of the pandemic, some foods produced by New York farmers were going to waste because the market for those products…