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.

Black Lives Matter Curriculum Hits The Classroom

By Albany Update | Sep 27, 2020

Dishonest rhetoric is a major problem in American politics. One example of that problem is the use of misleading terms that make policy proposals or political movements sound nicer and less threatening than they really are. In the 21st century United States, “reproductive health” means abortion, “gaming” means gambling, “sex work” means prostitution, “trans equality”…

NYCF’s October Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Sep 18, 2020

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the State of New York to join us in prayer during the month of October. We pray: That the Lord will protect the State of New York from a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic; That the Lord would provide a cure…

Cuomo Administration Considers Mandating Flu Vaccines For Students

By Albany Update | Sep 18, 2020

On September 10, 2020, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that the State may create a new policy requiring flu shots for students who attend school in person. According to WXXINews.org, “because the testing infrastructure for the flu is the same as what’s used to detect the coronavirus,” a spike in conventional flu…

Schools (Sort Of) Set to Re-Open

By Albany Update | Sep 1, 2020

As the month of August draws to a close, parents across New York are making plans for their children to begin school this fall. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated those plans. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given the green light for schools to re-open, but has left it up to individual districts to decide whether…

Christian Parents Challenged To Rethink Role Of Public Education

By Albany Update | Aug 24, 2020

A thought-provoking National Review op-ed by Tony Perkins and Cathy Ruse of Family Research Council (FRC) challenges Christians to take new approaches to their children’s education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Perkins and Ruse urge Christian parents to consider options other than traditional public schools. The two authors make a strong argument…

Court Sides With Couples Over Cuomo’s Wedding Restrictions

By Albany Update | Aug 16, 2020

On August 7, 2020, Judge Glenn Suddaby of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York ruled that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 50-person limit on non-essential gatherings was unconstitutional as applied to religious wedding ceremonies. According to the New York Post, two couples sued the Governor on the grounds that the 50-person limit…

Massachusetts City Provides Legal Recognition For Polyamorists

By Albany Update | Aug 16, 2020

In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that defining civil marriage as an opposite-sex union violated the United States Constitution. Could legal recognition of polygamy or polyamory be next? If recent developments in the City of Somerville, Massachusetts are any indication, the answer may be “yes.” On June 29, 2020, Somerville Mayor…

New Hope Wins at Second Circuit Court of Appeals

By Albany Update | Jul 28, 2020

On July 21, 2020, Christian adoption provider New Hope Family Services won an important legal victory for religious freedom at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of New Hope Family Services v. Poole. Based in Syracuse, New York, New Hope Family Services has been in existence for over 50 years. The State…

State Releases New Guidance for Group Homes

By Albany Update | Jul 28, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the State of New York’s Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) released new guidance for group homes for the disabled. According to CBS 6 News, home visits and community outings had been banned since March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidelines, which went into effect on July…

State Releases School Re-Opening Guidelines

By Albany Update | Jul 20, 2020

A recent blog post on AlbanyUpdate.com indicated that the State of New York was in the process of making decisions on fall school re-opening. Last week, there was more news. On July 13, 2020, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) made a presentation to the Board of Regents entitled “Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: the…

State Set To Release School Re-Opening Guidelines

By Albany Update | Jul 11, 2020

Government officials, school administrators, and parents across New York are wondering whether—and how—schools will re-open this fall. On July 8, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a timeline for plans and decisions regarding school re-opening. The Governor stated that his administration was in the process of finalizing guidance on school re-opening, adding that the guidance…

In School Choice Decision, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Parental Rights, Religious Liberty

By Albany Update | Jun 30, 2020

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, 591 U.S. _____ (2020). In this case, the State of Montana created an education tax credit program. That program provides tax credits to persons who donate funds to organizations that give scholarships to students at nonpublic schools. The…

Hoylman Outraged That Social Conservatives Have Representation In Albany

By Albany Update | Jun 25, 2020

Following the announcement that State Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) had been named Senate Minority Leader, liberal voices wasted no time pressuring Leader Ortt to distance himself from social conservatives. On June 23, 2020, the Niagara Gazette reported that Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) had criticized Leader Ortt for having attended an event held by a…

Tell Cuomo To Focus On Finance, Keep Controversy Out Of The Budget

By Albany Update | Mar 29, 2020

The 2020-2021 New York State Budget is due to be passed no later than April 1, 2020. Obviously, the coronavirus outbreak has complicated the effort to negotiate and pass the budget in a timely manner. To date, four Members of the State Legislature have tested positive for the coronavirus. The workplace restrictions and social distancing…

Parents Can Now Change Children’s Sex On Birth Certificates

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2020

Over the past several years, New York government has made various policy changes to accommodate persons who believe themselves to be members of the opposite sex. Recently, a misleading and damaging new ‘transgender’ policy has gone into effect. On March 10, 2020, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that the New York State…

Hoylman Bill Would Establish LGBT History Curriculum

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2020

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) wants schools to teach your kids about LGBT history. Bill S.1478-Hoylman.A.4744-Seawright would require the State of New York “to establish curriculum or instruction for school districts in the historical treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.” The senator doesn’t just want schools to teach students about homosexuality in…