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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.

Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On Wednesday, June 27, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he would retire from the Supreme Court of the United States this summer. Justice Kennedy, 81, was nominated to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 after the U.S. Senate rejected President Reagan’s previous nominee, Judge Robert Bork. The record and character of Judge Bork,…

Governor Cuomo Takes Transgender Action

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 24, 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he would take executive action to protect “transgender” persons from discrimination by health care providers and insurers. According to the Governor, “‘New York was founded upon the principles of fairness and equality and we won’t stand idly by while Washington seeks to claw back hard-earned rights…

New York Health Act is Bad Medicine

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 14, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the New York Health Act (Bill S.4840-A-Rivera/A.4738-A-Gottfried) by a vote of 91 to 46. The Assembly has passed this legislation for the past four years. According to the bill memo, the New York Health Act would “create a universal single payer health plan—New York Health—to…

The State Legislative Session Is Over—For Now

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, in the wee hours of the morning, the New York State Senate adjourned. That adjournment marked the end of the 2018 legislative session in Albany, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo may call the Legislature back to Albany later this year to handle some unfinished business. Thankfully, Senate Republicans were able to hold…

Legislature Moves Human Trafficking Bills

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in December 1865, banned slavery in the United States. Sadly, however, the plague of slavery continues in 2018. Right here in the United States, women, children, and men are victims of human trafficking. In recent years, the State of New York has taken important steps to…

Passing Grocery Tax Credit Would Help Those Experiencing Poverty

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

Proverbs 14:31: “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.” Poverty is a major problem here in New York and across the country. While poverty statistics vary, USNews.com reported that 14% of Americans lived in poverty in 2016. Many low-income people rely on the generosity…

State Legislature Weighs Expanding Gambling

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

As the 2018 state legislative session comes to a close, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is concerned about two separate pro-gambling bills that could become law here in the Empire State. Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to…

Supreme Court Rules: Religious Hostility Has No Place In A Pluralistic Society

By Albany Update | Jun 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire,…

State Teachers’ Union Needs A Schooling

By Albany Update | May 27, 2018

Unions are supposed to bargain for better pay and benefits, but unfortunately much of the dues they collect gets spent on political and social activism. Too often, unions promote a radical agenda at odds with the Christian values that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working so hard to preserve and share. For example, if…

Some Republicans Soften Bathroom Bill Stance

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

When it comes to New York’s ongoing bathroom battle, Albany Update has good news and bad news. The good news is that the Bathroom Bill—also known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (Bill S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried)—has been defeated in the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee for the second year in a row. On May 15,…

SCOTUS Rules: Sports Betting Ban Violates States’ Rights

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

On Monday, May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. In this case, the Court found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to be unconstitutional because it intrudes on state sovereignty. PASPA had banned most states from…

Amidst Scandal, Schneiderman Steps Down

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

Eric Schneiderman has resigned his post as New York State Attorney General following allegations of violence against women. Schneiderman was first elected Attorney General in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Schneiderman had served in the New York State Senate since 1999. Schneiderman’s resignation took effect on May 8, 2018.…

Assembly Passes Bathroom Bill for Eleventh Time

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

On May 7, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the Bathroom Bill (Bill S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried) for the eleventh consecutive year. The bill—also known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—passed by a margin of 96-43. Every Assembly Republican except one voted against the bill, and it is possible that the one Republican “yea” vote was…

Political Correctness Lets Inmates Choose Male Or Female Housing

By Albany Update | Apr 21, 2018

On Monday, April 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy that will allow inmates in New York City jails to decide for themselves—based upon “gender identity”—whether they will be housed with men or with women. According to a press release, the City Commission on Human Rights has determined that the…

What Would A Senate Democratic Majority Leader Mean For Social Issues?

By Albany Update | Apr 15, 2018

Last week, Albany Update reported that the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)—which has been in existence in the New York State Senate since 2011—was reuniting with the rest of the Senate Democratic Conference. Thus far, it appears that the reunification is taking effect. For Democrats, reunification is not the goal; it is merely a step toward…

Counselor Coercion Bills Crop Up In Counties

By Albany Update | Apr 14, 2018

When an LGBT-agenda bill fails to gain traction in Albany, LGBT advocates sometimes work to advance similar bills in counties and cities around the state. For example, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—also known as the Bathroom Bill—has languished in Albany for over a decade. During that time, however, similar local laws have passed in…