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.

2020 Presidential Campaign: Transgender Issues

By Albany Update | Oct 26, 2020

At his October 15, 2020 town hall, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) spoke out about the “transgender” issue. When asked what he would do to “ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected,” Biden responded that he would “‘flat-out change the law.’” Biden added that he would…

State Reports Regarding Deaths Of Over 700 Children Withheld

By Albany Update | Oct 17, 2020

On October 13, 2020, the Albany Times Union reported that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has declined to release reports on the deaths of 725 children over the past 10 years. According to the Times Union, when a child who is under the supervision of the Child Protective Services…

In Debate, Vice Presidential Candidates See New Scrutiny

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2020

On October 7, 2020, the two major party nominees for Vice President of the United States—Vice President Mike Pence (R-IN) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)—squared off in their one and only televised debate. Conventional wisdom holds that running mates usually have a negligible impact upon presidential election results. However, some pundits have speculated that because…

NYFRF Releases Nonpartisan Voter Guide

By Albany Update | Oct 6, 2020

On Tuesday, November 3, voters across the nation will cast their ballots for President of the United States. Here in New York, voters will also cast ballots for U.S. House of Representatives, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, and various local offices. New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, NYCF’s educational arm, is committed to…

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…