Protecting Human Life

The Bible teaches that each person is made in the image of God, and that human life is sacred.

President Biden’s Priorities

By Albany Update | Jan 23, 2021

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021. President Biden’s actions thus far, together with his stated plans for his first 100 days in office, provide a clear picture of his priorities for the nation. It appears that those priorities involve dismantling many of the policies of…

NYCF Releases 2021-2022 Legislative Agenda

By Albany Update | Jan 16, 2021

At the beginning of the New York state legislative session in every odd-numbered year, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) prepares its legislative agenda. This document is distributed to all 213 members of the New York State Legislature. NYCF’s legislative agenda lays out a set of policy priorities driven by our mission to influence legislation…

Baby Bichotte Bill Becomes Law

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2021

Last July, both houses of the New York State Legislature passed the Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law to protect pregnant mothers who experience pre-term labor. The Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law (Bill S.8525-Montgomery/A.2770-C-Bichotte) was introduced by Asm. Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn). The bill is named for the Assemblywoman’s deceased son. Asm. Bichotte recently shared her personal experience with…

State Senate Selects 2021 Leadership

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2021

In preparation for the 2021 legislative session, Republican and Democratic members of the New York State Senate have chosen their respective leaders. On December 15, 2020, the 20-member Senate Republican Conference unanimously elected Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) to continue in the role of Senate Minority Leader. Sen. Ortt first assumed this leadership role in…

Protecting Human Life

By Albany Update | Dec 28, 2020

Genesis 4:9-10: “And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And [the Lord] said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) is New York’s evangelical Christian…

Rosenthal Introduces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

By Albany Update | Dec 12, 2020

If you thought the great mask divide of 2020 was contentious, get ready for the vaccine mandate debate of 2021. A New York state lawmaker has introduced a bill that, if passed and signed into law, could lead to a COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The bill, A.11179, was introduced at the request of Asm. Linda Rosenthal…

How Will A Democratic Supermajority Reshape New York?

By Albany Update | Nov 26, 2020

Now that Senate Democrats in New York state have secured two-thirds of the legislative seats in that chamber, what will they do with their supermajority? A Democratic supermajority in both houses of the State Legislature (the State Assembly has been under a Democratic supermajority for decades) will certainly change the political landscape of Albany. Undoubtedly,…

Supreme Court Hears Faith-Based Foster Care Case

By Albany Update | Nov 16, 2020

On November 4, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. This case is a challenge to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to bar Catholic Social Services from providing foster care placement services unless it places foster children with same-sex couples. According to WORLD, “Catholic Social…

Social Conservatives Keep Watchful Eye On State Ballot Measures

By Albany Update | Nov 16, 2020

On Election Day 2020, voters in states across the nation made key decisions on various ballot measures. In Colorado and Louisiana, voters decided on measures that would have limited—or attempted to limit—the availability of abortion. Colorado voters failed to pass Proposition 115, which would have banned abortions at more than 22 weeks’ gestation. According to…

November Is National Adoption Month

By Albany Update | Nov 6, 2020

“God setteth the solitary in families” (Psalm 68:5a). As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms strongly supports adoption. Adoption gives Christian believers an opportunity to follow the Lord’s commands to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31) and to “defend the poor and fatherless [and] do justice to the afflicted and needy” (Psalm 82:3). From…

NYCF Congratulates Amy Coney Barrett On Supreme Court Confirmation

By Albany Update | Oct 26, 2020

Rochester, NY—Today, the United States Senate voted, 52-48, to confirm the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. NYCF Executive Director Jason J. McGuire made the following comments: “Conservatives across the nation have cause for celebration tonight. Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial record, scholarly writings, reputation, and performance…

Legislators Face Voters For First Time Since Abortion Expansion Act

By Albany Update | Oct 26, 2020

On January 22, 2019, the late-term abortion expansion law known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was signed into law. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other pro-life allies had spent the previous 12 years battling this evil legislation. The RHA: Removed abortion-related crimes from the books in cases where pregnant women miscarry after being…

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…

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter Take On Religious Faith

By Albany Update | Oct 17, 2020

On October 12, 2020, during the initial day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) made inflammatory comments on Twitter regarding religious faith. First, the lawmaker tweeted the following: “Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse…

New Hope Wins Religious Liberty Battle, Continues to Fight The War

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2020

On October 5, 2020, a federal court ruled that an evangelical adoption agency based in Syracuse, New York may remain open while its lawsuit against the State of the New York proceeds. In New Hope Family Services v. Poole, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (D’Agostino, J.) held that New…

Election 2020: Sen. Jen Metzger v. Mike Martucci (SD-42)

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2020

This week, Albany Update will profile the race in State Senate District 42, a Hudson Valley district that includes all of Sullivan County and portions of Orange, Ulster, and Delaware Counties. The district is currently represented by Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale). In her re-election bid, Sen. Metzger faces off against Republican Mike Martucci. Sen. Metzger…