Press Releases

NYCF Applauds the Appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court

By Albany Update | Sep 26, 2020

Rochester, NY—Earlier today, President Donald Trump appointed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Barrett has served on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017. Before becoming a federal judge, Judge Barrett clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, practiced law in Washington, D.C., and was…

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…

Supreme Court Misses Opportunity To Correct Its Abortion Jurisprudence

By Albany Update | Jun 29, 2020

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in June Medical Services L. L. C. v. Russo. This case involves a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana state law requiring any physician who performs abortions to hold admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away from the place where he…

Governor Andrew Cuomo Relaxes Religious Gathering Restrictions

By Albany Update | Jun 6, 2020

Rochester, NY—At today’s daily news briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that public health restrictions on worship services will be relaxed due to the progress that New York has made in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. In regions that are in Phase Two of New York Forward, worship services will be allowed to re-open at 25% capacity.…

NYCF Thanks President Trump For Supporting Church Re-Openings

By Albany Update | May 22, 2020

Rochester, NY—Earlier today, President Donald Trump called upon state governors to re-open places of worship on Memorial Day weekend. Describing churches and other houses of worship as “essential,” the President said, “‘In America, we need more prayer, not less.’”  Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks: “New…

Pastors Urge Cuomo to Prioritize The Safe Re-Opening of Churches for Congregational Worship

By Albany Update | May 19, 2020

Rochester, NY—Today, 300 pastors from across New York have signed on to an open letter urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to prioritize the safe re-opening of churches for congregational worship. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks: “It has been nearly two months since Gov. Andrew…

State Should Stop Social Distancing From The Developmentally Disabled

By Albany Update | May 4, 2020

In recent weeks, the New York Post has reported on the unacceptable spike in COVID-19 infections and fatalities at many New York nursing homes, and on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s unwillingness to acknowledge the state’s role in the problem or fix it. Sadly, some group homes for the developmentally disabled have also become COVID-19 hotspots. Both…

NYCF Says Assure Continuity of Government Without Compromising Safety Or Convictions

By Albany Update | Mar 30, 2020

As the New York State Legislature prepares to hold critical budget votes during the coronavirus outbreak, it is entering uncharted waters. Today, the State Assembly is poised to pass Assembly Resolution No. 854 (Peoples-Stokes). The proposed Resolution indicates that during a state of emergency, the Speaker of the Assembly may “allow for members to be…

NYCF Denounces Senator Schumer’s Dangerous Rhetoric

By Albany Update | Mar 5, 2020

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (previously known as June Medical Services v. Gee), a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana statute that requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic in which they perform abortions. In addition, a pro-abortion rally was…

NYCF Reacts To Cuomo Adoption Comments

By Albany Update | Dec 19, 2019

The Cuomo administration has submitted public comments in opposition to a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would protect faith-based child welfare organizations from unfair discrimination based upon their beliefs about marriage and family. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the…

Appeals Court Lets New Hope Family Services Keep Serving Families—For Now

By Albany Update | Nov 5, 2019

Albany, NY—Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a temporary injunction allowing New Hope Family Services to continue providing various adoption-related services. New Hope is a Christian charity that the State of New York is attempting to close because of its unwillingness to place children in households headed by same-sex couples.…

Andrew Cuomo Can’t Put Politics Aside—Even For Kids In Need

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2019

Albany, NY—Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened legal action against a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would protect faith-based child welfare organizations from unfair discrimination based upon their beliefs about marriage and family. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following…

New York’s ‘Compromised Three’ Join Democrats In Passing ‘Equality Act’

By Albany Update | May 17, 2019

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 236-173-23, to pass the so-called Equality Act (H.R.5–Cicilline). This misleadingly-named bill would make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected characteristics under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Rather than promoting fairness and justice, H.R.5 would punish employers, faith-based charities, and everyday Americans who decline to live in accordance…

After Skirmish, Schimminger Saves Lobby For Life Day

By Albany Update | Apr 18, 2019

Yesterday, New York State Right to Life (NYSRTL) announced that it would hold its 2019 Lobby for Life Day in the Well, an open area of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The event is scheduled for May 1, 2019. The organization—which has used the Well for its annual event for many years—had reportedly been…

NYCF Delivers Remarks To The Putnam County Legislature Upon Passage Of RHA Resolution

By Albany Update | Apr 2, 2019

Carmel, NY—Today, the Putnam County Legislature passed a resolution urging the repeal of provisions of New York’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA). The resolution calls upon members of the State Legislature to “introduce and support statewide legislation restoring the protections for unborn children formerly contained in the New York Penal Law and the New York Public…

Life-Affirming Demonstration Held Outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

By Albany Update | Mar 23, 2019

Albany, NY – Following its annual Legislative Day event on March 19, 2019, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) delivered 20,689 petitions calling for the repeal of the Reproductive Health Act to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The petitions were collected through individuals and organizations allied with New Yorkers for Life. Jason J. McGuire,…