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.

State Ed Gets Schooled On Private School Regs

By Albany Update | Feb 17, 2020

Christian New Yorkers and parents of various faiths were outraged last year when the New York State Education Department (NYSED) proposed a massive regulatory power grab that threatened the continued existence of some nonpublic schools. Under the guise of ensuring that nonpublic schools provide their students with an education that is “substantially equivalent” to the…

Let Schools ‘Play Ball’ With Homeschooled Students

By Albany Update | Feb 9, 2020

For some time, homeschooling families have lobbied New York lawmakers to treat homeschooled students fairly in regard to sports participation. Bill S.5472-A-Martinez/A.706-A-Stirpe would allow public school districts, in their discretion, to permit homeschooled students to try out for and participate in interscholastic sports. The bill would require such homeschooled students to meet school district requirements…

Drag Queen Story Hour Coming To A School Near You

By Albany Update | Feb 3, 2020

In past years, Albany Update has commented on a troubling event known as Drag Queen Story Hour. As readers and listeners may recall, Drag Queen Story Hour is an event in which drag queens (men dressed as caricatures of women) visit public libraries to read stories to children. According to the Drag Queen Story Hour…

HPV Vaccination Mandate Bill Causes Continued Concern

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2020

Parents in New York continue to be deeply concerned about the HPV vaccination mandate bill  (Bill S.298-B-Hoylman/A.2912-A-Paulin), which would require parents to have their children vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) before enrolling them in seventh grade. This misguided legislation would bar schools from allowing students in grades seven and up to attend school for…

Protect Innocent Eyes from Obscenity

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2020

Last month, four members of Congress wrote to U.S. Attorney General William Barr to advocate for stronger enforcement of existing federal laws that ban obscenity. Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, writes that 15 states have recently declared pornography to be a public health crisis. Schilling adds that “studies that have shown that…

Cuomo Pops Social Policy In State Fiscal Plan

By Albany Update | Jan 30, 2020

On January 21, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2020-2021 state budget proposal. It’s not a pretty picture. Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature are facing a daunting $6.1 billion budget deficit. This reality will be central to the upcoming negotiations in anticipation of the March 31 budget deadline. The budget deficit is leading the…

Birth Certificate Lawsuit Filed by ‘Transgender’ Teen

By Albany Update | Jan 21, 2020

A new federal lawsuit challenging a New York policy on constitutional grounds has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The lawsuit contends that this policy violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. At…

Cuomo Backs LGBT Amendment

By Albany Update | Jan 21, 2020

During the course of his nine years in office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it his business to do a good deal of damage in regard to issues of gender and sexuality. In 2011, he spearheaded the passage of the so-called “Marriage Equality Act.” Last year, he signed both the Bathroom Law (banning discrimination based…

Summarizing Cuomo’s 2020 State Of The State

By Albany Update | Jan 12, 2020

On January 8, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered this year’s State of the State Address. The speech consisted of a warmed-over smorgasbord of largely uninspiring policy proposals coupled with a few very bad ideas (paid surrogacy and recreational pot, to name two) and the usual empty, hypocritical calls for unity from the same governor who…

Legislative Day 2020: Ever Upward

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2020

Friends, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms cordially invite you to attend Ever Upward: Legislative Day 2020. This year’s Legislative Day event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Albany, New York. The title of this year’s event is drawn from New York’s official state motto: Excelsior. This Latin…

Citing Concerns With Trump Picks, Cuomo Vetoes Wedding Officiant Bill

By Albany Update | Dec 30, 2019

In June 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing governors and former governors of New York to officiate at wedding ceremonies. Three-and-a-half years later, he signed another bill allowing state legislators to do the same. On December 20, 2019, Gov. Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have allowed federal judges to officiate at wedding ceremonies.…

Senator Metzger Pushes Mandatory Sex Ed

By Albany Update | Dec 20, 2019

State Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale) is championing a bill that would require public schools to implement a program of “comprehensive sexuality education” in grades K-12. According to Sen. Metzger, her bill (S.4844-Metzger/A.6512-Nolan) “‘would ensure that all young people have access to comprehensive, medically accurate, evidence-based, and age-appropriate sex education based on national standards.’” The bill…

NYC Dives Into ‘Non-Binary’ Death Certificates

By Albany Update | Dec 20, 2019

At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we frequently find ourselves bewildered by the priorities of government officials in our beloved state. Last year, we questioned the priorities of the New York City Council when it passed an ordinance creating a “third gender option” on birth certificates. This year, the New York City Health Department has…

The State Of Homeschooling And Parental Rights In New York

By Albany Update | Dec 5, 2019

The year 2019 has not been a good year for parental rights in New York. The enactment of the Bathroom Law and the Counselor Coercion Law, the regulatory attack on nonpublic schools in the name of “substantial equivalency,” and the repeal of the religious exemption to school vaccination requirements have eroded parents’ authority in regard…

Cuomo Can’t Get Off The Transgender Bandwagon

By Albany Update | Dec 5, 2019

Multiple choice question: The week before Thanksgiving, what was on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mind? (a) How to fix New York’s $6.1 billion budget deficit; (b) Whether he should have run for President in 2020; (c) What to eat for Thanksgiving dinner; or (d) How to more effectively promote a “transgender” agenda? At New Yorkers for…

Media Determined To Desensitize Society To Gender Dysphoria

By Albany Update | Nov 24, 2019

Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” The homosexual movement in the United States has made remarkable progress in a very short time. Just two generations ago, homosexual behavior was commonly viewed as unspeakable. One generation ago, the…