Influencing Legislation and Legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Promoting Strong Families

Marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman, and each child should–
whenever wise and possible–be raised in a stable family unit by his or her own mother and father.

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…

Youth Depression And Attempted Suicide On The Rise

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

Earlier this year, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology published a disturbing study showing that depression and suicide attempts have markedly increased among American youth in recent years. The causes for this increase are disputed. The study points to suicide contagion, “the phenomenon by which exposure to one suicide death can trigger suicidal behavior in others.”…

Adoption Tax Deduction Bill On The Move

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

As a Christian organization that promotes strong families, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms advocates for pro-adoption public policy. Over the years, we have lobbied in Albany for bills that would address financial concerns that might discourage families from adoption. While the State Legislature has repeatedly passed such bills, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly vetoed them.…

Bethany Christian Services Compromises Biblical Principles

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

Proverbs 24:10: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” The topic of today’s Albany Update is compromise. In some circumstances, compromise is a good thing. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”. As Christians seek to live…

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…

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,…

Assembly GOP Advocacy Aids Gold Star Families

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

Earlier this month, the New York State Assembly Higher Education Committee voted 15-11 to kill the Gold Star Family Bill. The Gold Star Family Bill (Bill S.193-Ortt/A.2991-Hawley) would expand an existing law that provides free college tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools to surviving spouses, children, and dependents of New Yorkers who have died, become…

‘Mayor Pete’ Criticizes Vice President Pence’s Christian Faith

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2019

Recently, a longshot Democratic presidential candidate criticized Vice President Mike Pence for his Christian beliefs and contradicted Biblical doctrine at the same time. Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is an Episcopalian who is “married” to a male partner. At a recent LGBT event, Buttigieg said: “I can tell you that if…

Manhattan Parents Object To Sex Ed Without Parental Consent

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2019

A recent article in the New York Daily News raises questions about parental involvement in public school education. According to the article, a teacher at Public School 184 in Manhattan showed a video about abortion to her fifth-grade dance class without prior parental notice. The video appears to have been created with a pro-life purpose…

In Vitro Fertilization Mandate Raises Pro-Life Concerns

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2019

While the 2019-2020 New York State budget largely steered clear of damaging social-issue legislation, one anti-life measure found its way into the final budget. Under recently-approved budget legislation, the State of New York will now require large group insurance plans provide coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF). The IVF mandate contains no age restrictions and…

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…

House Democrats Trash Trump’s G.I. Gender Policy

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

On March 28, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-implemented policy regarding “transgender” servicemembers. Scheduled to go into effect on April 12, the new policy does not ban persons identifying as “transgender” from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Rather, it requires a servicemember who joins…

Schenectady Casino Seeks Slot Machine Relief

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

The 2019-2020 New York State budget calls for $175.5 billion in spending. During budget season in Albany, powerful special interests send lobbyists to Albany in an effort to obtain a chunk of that funding. One such special interest group is the gambling industry. Last week, the Times Union reported that a representative of Rivers Casino…