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.

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…

Assembly Judiciary Committee Releases Cuomo Report

By Albany Update | Nov 24, 2021

On November 22, 2021, the New York State Assembly released a report on its investigation into disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to the New York Post, the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell—which was hired by the Assembly Judiciary Committee to conduct the investigation—interviewed more than 200 witnesses and reviewed 600,000 pages of evidence.…

Republican National Committee Embraces LGBT Pride

By Albany Update | Nov 24, 2021

At a gala in early November, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced the formation of an “RNC Pride Coalition.” According to Fox News, the Coalition will collaborate with the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR)—a national organization that pushes the Republican Party to support homosexuality and transgenderism—to “mobilize LGBTQ communities ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.” RNC…

Governor Signs Bill Sought By Transgender Activists

By Albany Update | Nov 22, 2021

On November 16, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Bill S.5325-Hoylman/A.6193-Gonzalez-Rojas into law. This misguided and unnecessary law, which was opposed by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, requires various utilities to use customers’ preferred names and pronouns upon request. Under this law, utilities, water works, telephone service providers, and municipalities must create mechanisms by which customers…

Five Proposed Amendments Await November Vote

By Albany Update | Oct 31, 2021

On November 2, 2021, New York voters will elect candidates to various judgeships and local offices, including Mayor of New York City. They will also vote on five proposed amendments to the New York State Constitution. While these five ballot measures may not receive as much media attention as political campaigns do, they may have…

Loudon County Leaves Students Vulnerable To Violent Sexual Assaults

By Albany Update | Oct 31, 2021

On October 25, 2021, a 14-year-old male was found guilty of forcible sodomy in connection with a sexual assault against a 15-year-old girl that occurred in a women’s restroom at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County, Virginia. For a variety of reasons, this case has received national attention. First, the male perpetrator was wearing…

Assembly Must Prioritize Release of Cuomo Report

By Albany Update | Oct 31, 2021

For the past eight months, the Assembly Judiciary Committee has been coordinating an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Andrew Cuomo. The investigation is also looking into the Cuomo administration’s cover-up regarding nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic and the appropriateness of Cuomo’s $5 million book contract. Despite having had ample time to…

Sports Betting Process Nears Completion

By Albany Update | Oct 31, 2021

The process of selecting mobile sports betting licensees in the state of New York is nearly complete. Mobile sports betting was legalized in New York earlier this year. According to LegalSportsReport.com, the New York State Gaming Commission has informed bidders of the tax rate that they will be required to pay. Pursuant to a requirement…

Authoritarian Government Must Be Held Accountable

By Albany Update | Oct 25, 2021

As the battle against COVID-19 continues to rage, various levels of government are increasingly taking authoritarian approaches in response to differing views. Pressure to vaccinate minors is increasing, as is pressure to shut down dissenting opinions. This trend is ominous. According to TheCity.NYC, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services recently gave its partner…

JCOPE Comes Up Short—Again

By Albany Update | Oct 25, 2021

In the summer of 2020, staff at the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”)—an ethics board that has jurisdiction over state officers and employees—approved then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5 million deal to write American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Then-Gov. Cuomo asked JCOPE for permission to earn outside income from the…