The 2019 New York State Budget has been finalized. The State Senate passed its final budget bill just after midnight on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The Assembly wrapped up its work at 4:00 AM the same day. Here at New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we have been busy working to prevent divisive social-issue legislation like late-term abortion expansion and an abortion pill insurance mandate from being attached to the budget. Additionally, we opposed a bailout for any of the state’s casinos. We are pleased to report that our efforts were successful. Thanks be to God for this Easter weekend victory! Our team will have more details on what is in and out of the budget following the Easter holiday.
Now that the budget has been passed, the New York State Legislature is scheduled to be on vacation until Monday, April 16. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, however, will not be on vacation. We will use this two-week break to analyze proposed legislation, write position papers, and craft our strategy for the second, post-budget phase of the legislative session. This latter phase of the session is always a dangerous one; after the budget is completed, liberal legislators can focus more of their time and attention on passing the objectionable bills that we advocate against. In fact, during a press conference on Friday night, March 30, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he would use the remainder of the legislative session to push for the abortion-expanding policies he failed to deliver in this year’s Budget.
During the period between April 16 and the end of this year’s regular session, NYCF will be on high alert to prevent Abortion Expansion, the Bathroom Bill, the Counselor Coercion Bill, and related measures from becoming law. To make that happen, we need your help; please visit our Legislative Action Center today and write to your elected officials about the bills that are important to you.