Influencing Legislation and Legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Preserving Religious Liberty

NYCF opposes all initiatives that seek to limit the fundamental rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the free exercise of religion, and supports equal access for Christian students and for churches and Christian groups that use public buildings.

Calling All Mental Health Professionals

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2017

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17) Those who read the Albany Update on a regular basis are familiar with the Counselor Coercion Bill (Bill S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick), an anti-faith, anti-family, anti-freedom measure that has passed the New…

Senator Amedore Introduces Moment Of Silence Bill

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2017

“Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17) Is there any doubt that New York’s public schools—and the students who attend them—need prayer? One bill in the New York State Legislature would carve out time that could be used for prayer in public schools. The Moment of Silence Bill (S.895-Amedore), sponsored by Sen. George Amedore (R-Rotterdam), would…

Counselor Coercion Bill Passes Assembly For Fourth Time

By Albany Update | Apr 3, 2017

The Counselor Coercion Bill, which would ban mental health professionals from helping minor clients to overcome same-sex (homosexual) attraction, has passed the New York State Assembly for the fourth consecutive year. On March 28, the Assembly passed the bill by a lopsided vote of 121-24. One hundred three (103) Democrats and 18 Republicans voted in…

Obamacare Repeal: What Went Wrong

By Albany Update | Apr 3, 2017

On March 24, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that their health insurance reform legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would not be brought to the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill failed to receive the support of a majority of the Members of the House; while most…

The Boss Bill Is Back

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2017

The Boss Bill (S.3791-Krueger/A.566-Jaffee) is on the move in the New York State Assembly. The Boss Bill would ban employment discrimination based upon “reproductive health decision making.” Such a ban is completely unnecessary. Discrimination based upon pregnancy is already illegal under existing law. Furthermore, neither the bill text nor the sponsor’s memo identifies any instance…

NYCF Says ‘No’ To Counselor Coercion

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2017

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms fights for religious liberty. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the sponsors of the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick). The Counselor Coercion Bill would ban mental health professionals from helping minor clients to overcome same-sex (homosexual) attraction. Under this legislation, Christian counselors and others could have their professional licenses suspended,…

Obamacare Repeal Proving Tricky For Republicans

By NYCF | Feb 17, 2017

Imagine that you are in a time machine. That time machine takes you back to February 2011…or February 2012…or even February of last year. Once you are back in the past, someone asks you, “Wouldn’t it be great if Republicans took control of both Houses of Congress and the White House in 2016, and had…

Church Taxation Bill Defeated In Assembly Committee

By NYCF | Feb 6, 2017

For the second year in a row, a church taxation bill opposed by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been defeated at the committee level. Bill A.235 (Gunther) would amend the Real Property Tax Law to allow fire districts to impose special ad valorem levies and special assessments against “otherwise tax exempt real property,” including…

Cuomo Actions Assure Continued Access To Free Abortion And Contraception

By NYCF | Jan 29, 2017

Last week, Albany Update reported on the possibility—discussed in a New York Daily News piece—that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s already-significant use of his executive authority might increase this year due to his deteriorated relationship with the State Legislature. In that commentary, we asked, “If the Governor truly does ‘go it alone’ more often this year, what…

Assembly Passes Abortion Expansion Again

By NYCF | Jan 23, 2017

Over the years, the New York State Assembly has repeatedly demonstrated its misguided support for late-term abortion expansion. Sadly, that support has continued into the New Year.       On January 17, 2016, the Assembly rammed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) (S.2796-Krueger/A.1748-Glick) through two committees, brought it to the floor, and passed it by…

Comprehensive Contraception Bill Is A Prescription New York Doesn’t Need

By NYCF | Jan 23, 2017

On January 17, the New York State Assembly pushed through an anti-life bill known as the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) (Bill A.1378 – Cahill).       Originally the brainchild of pro-abortion New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (pictured), the CCCA would require all group insurance policies issued or renewed after January 1, 2018…

Congress Moving Forward With Obamacare Repeal

By NYCF | Jan 23, 2017

It’s still only January, but the U.S. Congress has already taken important steps toward the repeal and replacement of Obamacare in 2017. On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted, 51-48, to pass a budget proposal that calls for Obamacare repeal. As Politico explains, “The budget [does] not become law. It does, however, provide for…

Erie County Legislator Promotes Ban On Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

By NYCF | Dec 20, 2016

For several years, LGBT activists have engaged in a nationwide campaign to silence those who dare to speak the truth that sexual orientation can change, and to punish those who help others wishing to pursue that change. As part of that campaign, New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman has introduced the Counselor Coercion Bill, which…

It’s Now Or Never For Obamacare Repeal

By NYCF | Dec 4, 2016

The results of this year’s elections have—for the first time—given congressional Republicans a realistic opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare. They have also given congressional Republicans a realistic opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood. Now, the question is: How? Recently, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms signed on to a letter from pro-life leaders across the nation…

AirBNB Promotes Left-Wing Perspectives

By NYCF | Nov 21, 2016

In June of this year, the New York State Legislature passed legislation creating additional financial penalties for persons who advertise unlawful short-term apartment rentals. (It is against New York law to rent an entire apartment in a Class A multiple dwelling for less than 30 days.) Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on…

Christian Florist Faces Court For Conviction Regarding Marriage

By NYCF | Nov 21, 2016

On November 15, the Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers. This case involves Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian mother and grandmother. Barronelle owns a florist shop called Arlene’s Flowers. In 2013, a longtime customer named Robert Ingersoll visited the shop to ask that Barronelle provide arrangements for his…