The Albany Update with Jason McGuire

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms

Jason McGuire serves as the executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF). Founded in April 1982, NYCF has spent decades serving as a statewide lobbying organization on behalf of the Empire State's evangelical Christian community. The Albany Update podcasts offer weekly insight and information pertaining to the New York State Legislature from a distinctly Christian perspective. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

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Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. We have some troubling news to share. Despite knowing that its evangelical base is not on board, Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, announced that the GOP was launching an LGBT initiative. The big state news of the week was the release of the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s Cuomo investigation—and it’s damning. Next, and on a more positive note, Nourish New York, a bill supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, was signed into law. Then, with the oral arguments in a case that could take an axe to the very root of the 1973 Supreme Court decision known as Roe being heard this week, we’ll spend a few moments talking about life after Roe. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Nov 24

14 min 41 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. On Monday, November 22, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s vaccine mandate for health care workers takes effect. As a result, it appears that those seeking religious exemptions from the mandate will be fired just as they head into the holiday season. Gov. Hochul isn’t only denying religious liberty, though. She’s also denying basic biology. Last week, she signed into law two bills sought out by transgender activists. Next, we’re only days away from the Supreme Court hearing a monumental pro-life case. Potentially, it could overturn the 1973 abortion decision known as Roe v. Wade. If you aren’t already, please dedicate prayer to these vital oral arguments, the attorneys making the case for life, and the justices of the United States Supreme Court. Finally, it’s Thanksgiving week and I’ll offer a few thoughts on what we all can be grateful to the Lord for on this special day. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Nov 22

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. This time of year, our organizations’ attention often turns from state to national issues. State legislators aren’t in session, but members of Congress are still in Washington, D.C. Two issues we’ll be reporting on this week include the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act. Those aren’t the only federal issues we’re dealing with, though. A federal court issued an emergency stay of President Joe Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate. Then, a little closer to home we’ll be looking at a religious liberty issue in Brooklyn. There, the Catholic Church let one of its parochial schoolteachers go after the teacher ‘married’ his male partner. Some are not happy at the teacher’s release, but doesn’t a church have a right to only employ people consistent with the church’s teaching? Finally, we’re only about six weeks away from the end of 2021 and our organization still has a lofty goal before the end of the fiscal and calendar year. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Nov 14

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Last week was a tremendously busy week for numerous reasons. First, the United States Supreme Court showed movement on not one, but two cases, the pro-life and religious liberty communities are watching. We’ll look at both actions and consider what it might mean for the court facing the big case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Then, Democrats are reeling from the shellacking their party took at the polls last Tuesday. On today’s program we’ll highlight some of the election results here at home and across the nation. We’ll also report on what happened to those five ballot proposals and discuss the implications of the 2021 Election on the 2022 mid-terms. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Nov 8

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Late last week news broke that former Governor Andrew Cuomo was being charged with a misdemeanor in the alleged groping of a former aide. It’s unlikely that Cuomo will receive any real consequence. It’s a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year behind bars, but as a first-time offender the ex-governor will likely only see a slap on the wrist. However, the larger question is, where is the Assembly Judiciary Committee report regarding the investigations into Andrew Cuomo? The taxpayers paid for it, deserve to see it, and that report might just reveal what was truly going on during Cuomo’s disgraceful tenure. When Governor Kathy Hochul ascended to the vacancy created by Cuomo’s resignation, she made it clear that she would be seeking a full term. However, State Attorney General Letitia James is inching closer toward an imminent announcement of her own run. When the AG jumps in, life just became a lot more complicated for Kathy Hochul. Changing topics, we’ll look at the effort to bring sports betting to New York before the Superbowl. Suffice to say, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is not excited about this state scam to deprive its citizens of even more income and enable greater gambling addiction. Then, we’ll look at what has been happening in Loudon County, VA. In that state, concerned parents are standing up to the elitists in education. Moms and dads have had enough and are going to school board meetings and engaging in ways they haven’t before. 2010 saw the rise of the “Tea Party”, a movement centered around previously politically uninvolved people getting politically involved. Now, could we be seeing the rise of a “Parent Party” movement across America? Finally, it’s November. A month in which our organization likes to step back and just give thanks for the goodness God has shown to us throughout the year. We’ve got several praises to share with you. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Oct 31

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. There is a reason why some Albany insiders refer to JCOPE (the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics) as “J-Joke”. What happened last week regarding former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5 Million book deal is only the most recent example of why no one takes this ethics commission seriously. Speaking of ethics, many are calling into question a Virginia campaign ad with Vice President Kamala Harris promoting the Democratic candidate for governor in hundreds of predominantly African American churches. On the endorsement front, Governor Kathy Hochul has picked up the support of another major pro-abortion political player. Then, we’ll look at the rise of authoritarian government demonstrated by the continuing COVID mandates. Finally, we’ll update you on the latest regarding efforts to redistrict our state ahead of next year’s elections. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Oct 25

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. On today’s program, we’ll look at the Biden Administration’s plan to rescind something referred to as the Protect Life Rule. Elsewhere across the nation, a federal court has again allowed the Texas Heartbeat Law to stand. This lifesaving law is likely heading to the United State Supreme Court to determine its constitutionality, but even now it continues to save lives. Here in our home state, there is an update on vaccine mandates for health care workers and its good news for those seeking a religious exemption from the mandate. Then something that we haven’t discussed in quite some time is the status of fantasy sports betting in the state. Oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Legislature’s action were recently heard and a decision is expected soon. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Oct 15

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. On November 2, 2021, New York voters will elect candidates to various judgeships and local offices, including Mayor of New York City. They will also vote on five proposed amendments to the New York State Constitution. While these five ballot measures may not receive as much media attention as political campaigns do, they may have a greater impact on the future of the Empire State. This week's program will provide an overview of the five proposed amendments. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Oct 10

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. This week, in national news, we’re noting that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a radical abortion bill, scarily similar to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 Abortion Expansion Act. We’ll look at its likely fate in the U.S. Senate. Then, at the state level, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker is out—or at least soon will be—and Gov. Kathy Hochul has named her pick for his position. Speaking of Gov. Hochul, she made some odd and what some have billed as blasphemous statements while speaking at a church service last weekend. Hochul was also in the headlines as news broke that she is considering legalizing prostitution. The Governor is clearly lurching left to secure the Democratic nomination in next year’s elections, but it may not be enough. Progressive Democrats are starting to make some noise about a primary challenge to the sitting governor. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Oct 3

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. This week the Supreme Court of the United States announced that in December oral arguments will be heard in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Speaking of the courts, a Christian adoption and foster care agency in Central New York finds itself defending its right to serve children in need and their families in a manner consistent with the ministry’s faith. We’ll have more details a little later in today’s program. Next up, Governor Kathy Hochul continues to make appointments to her administration and one with strong ties to Planned Parenthood is raising eyebrows in the pro-life community. Then, the presumptive Republican and Conservative Party candidate for New York State Governor in 2022, Lee Zeldin, disclosed that he has been diagnosed with cancer, but thankfully he also announced that he is in full remission. Last, there is a troubling story out of the Finger Lakes Region. There, a fertility doctor was allegedly and fraudulently serving as the sperm donor for women seeking assisted reproductive services. It’s still the wild west in many ways when it comes to these types of services and at the very least the state needs to start reining in some of these rogue individuals. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Sep 27

14 min 39 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Gov. Kathy Hochul came out swinging against Texas’ new abortion bill. In doing so, she made it clear that she is fully committed to the same abortion-expanding agenda as her predecessor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Then, in a cost-saving initiative, the state is considering forcing parents of some special needs adults to make a difficult decision—move your kids to a fenced-in, isolated facility in the northern part of the state or lose funding for their care. Third, in today’s program we’ll provide an update on recent legal action regarding state vaccine and mask mandates. Finally, state Senator George Borrello is asking the state to offer localities more time to opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries in their neighborhoods. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Sep 19

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. While a Texas pro-life bill dominated much of the news last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is promising a vote on a pro-abortion bill when Congress returns from its break. Today, we’ll tell you more about that legislation. Then, the New York State Department of Health took an action last week that means private businesses will be implementing stronger COVID protocols in their places of employment. It doesn’t seem like we’ll be putting those face masks away anytime soon. Continuing on the theme of COVID mandates, the beginning of the new school year meant new mandates for schools—and one Western New York school is pushing back. Speaking of back to school, we’ll tell you about a resource that will help families protect their children from false ideologies and worldviews that are not consistent with a family’s faith. Finally, the November General Election isn’t that far off. Most aren’t aware, but there will be five proposed amendments on the 2021 ballot. We’ll provide some information on those proposals. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Sep 10

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. God bless, Texas! A new law in that state outlawed abortion after a baby’s beating heart can be detected. As the left loses its collective mind over the matter, the politics of abortion has moved front and center again. Then, last week Albany held an extraordinary session of the State Legislature, that is a session of the Legislature called by the Governor that falls outside of the Legislature’s regularly scheduled legislative session. We’ll tell you what happened. Following that, we need to speak of the many new vaccine mandates that have arisen over the last several days and a few bills that have dramatically different approaches to personal liberty when it comes to vaccination. Next, it’s September—which means the kids are back to school. For many, it’s the first time they’ve been back in the classroom in a year and a half. Let’s remember to pray for our students and their schools, as well as several other requests we’ll share in today’s program. For us, a limited number of in-person events resume this month. We’ll be in Buffalo, Rochester, and Oneonta. In today’s program, we’ll tell you how you can reserve a seat. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Sep 4

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. It was a busy week in Albany as Gov. Kathy Hochul took the helm, delivered her first address as Governor, and named State Senator Brian Benjamin (D-Manhattan) as her pick for Lt. Governor. In today’s program we’ll tell you more about both our new Governor and Lt. Governor and discuss the priorities of the new administration. Then, there are indications that Gov. Hochul will be pushing for a one-size-fits-all approach to school re-openings. Reportedly, this will include universal masking requirements, vaccinations for faculty and staff as soon as she has the authority to legally require it and more COVID testing. We had hoped for local control over these matters. At the time of this recording, the final details are not out, but the outline of her plan is taking shape. Lastly, our organization has some in-person events starting next month. I’ll be in Buffalo, Rochester, and Oneonta. In today’s program, I’ll tell you how you can reserve a seat. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Aug 28

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. You’re probably noticing the prominence of transgender ideology in our culture. You’re also no doubt wondering where it’s coming from and why we’re hearing so much more about it. Are there root causes? We’ll discuss. Then, the NYCLU is demanding that a proposed New York Catholic hospital perform abortions. I thought this branch of the ACLU was supposed to defend liberty, but they conveniently forget that pro-life people have liberties that need protecting as well—namely religious liberty. In an update from the State Capitol, the state has a new human trafficking law. We’ll tell you how it helps trafficking victims and puts traffickers on notice. Finally, back in March the state legalized and commercialized marijuana in New York, but localities only have until the end of the year to block sales in their town, and some already are. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Aug 22

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. He may have already announced his resignation, but we need to talk about Governor Andrew Cuomo. Sure, the media is after him today, but they helped create the man. We’ll reflect on the media’s role in puffing up Andrew Cuomo. Then, with Andrew Cuomo’s role as governor drawing to a close. What should we know about Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, the woman next in line to finish out Cuomo’s term? In other state news, it came as a shock when the Cuomo Administration suddenly announced that it would not be providing any COVID guidance this year for schools opening in September. Many are blasting the decision, but the private schools we represent were elated at the news. Finally, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove a pro-life protection known as the Hyde Amendment from its annual fiscal plan. Will pro-life protections survive in the U.S. Senate? Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Aug 15

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Some weeks are just big weeks in the statehouse—and this was one of them. State Attorney General Letitia James released her report regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo. It turns out that the Governor is allegedly a serial sexual harasser. Now, he’s fighting for his political life. Could this be the undoing of Andrew Cuomo? Then, the U.S Senate Armed Services Committee voted to advance a bill that would require women to register for any future military drafts. What do we think about that? After that, a recently released book by a former Planned Parenthood head confirms what we’ve known all along—Planned Parenthood is obsessed with abortion. Following that, a new study indicates that sexual orientation change therapy can reduce the rate of suicide among those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction. Finally, we’ll look at the growing conflict between transgenderism and parental rights. We’ll see how it’s playing out in the medical circle of influence. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Aug 7

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. First up today, we look at the main brief filed in a major abortion case out of Mississippi, known as the Dobbs case. Then, continuing in the pro-life vein, there is an effort to unify the movement through a new flag representing the pro-life movement. Third, Governor Andrew Cuomo has escaped a federal probe of the nursing home deaths related to his COVID directive. Following that, we’ll discuss what is happening in Brooklyn as legislators removed one tool from law enforcement that is leading to an explosion of prostitution activity. Finally, New York State has a new law that bars anyone under age eighteen from marrying. We’ll discuss. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jul 30

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. No doubt you’ve been hearing more about Democratic Socialism, but what is it and should Christians be concerned about it? We think so, and we’ll explain why in today’s episode. Then, we’ll get a bit into the weeds of electoral politics as we discuss redistricting and why it matters for not only the next statewide election, but also the next decade. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jul 24

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Let’s begin today’s program by looking at a federal effort to strip the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life protections from a proposed federal spending bill. Then, leftists in the State Legislature are opposing a plan by the state to allow Chick-fil-A restaurants to operate at rest stops and travel plazas on the I-90. Following that, a new documentary has been released challenging the cultural crusade to normalize transgender behavior. Finally, we’ll look at the state’s Open Meetings Law and what is means for getting back to some governmental normalcy—and good government—following the pandemic restrictions of 2020 and 2021. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jul 17

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Let’s begin today’s program by looking at two recent Supreme Court decisions, one is widely seen as a refusal to properly recognize religious liberty, while the other was a real win for donor confidentiality—especially in the current cancel culture climate. Then, the state hasn’t even gotten its recreational weed regulations out and already there is a legislative suggestion to legalize more drugs in the next legislative session. Before we get to the next legislative session, though, we’ve got to get kids back to school. A group of private school leaders has asked Governor Cuomo to get moving and quickly issue whatever guidance is necessary to get kids back in the classroom—and to do so without a masking requirement. Finally, we’re going to dive a little deeper into New York City politics and look at the results from the Mayoral Primary and an experiment called rank choice voting. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jul 12

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. The New York State Legislature’s 2021 regular session came to a close on June 11. Christian New Yorkers have cause for both relief and deep concern in regard to the actions taken by the Legislature this year. The damage done by the Legislature during the 2021 session was much less significant than the damage done in 2019, when the Legislature passed a series of morally objectionable and ill-advised laws. In this week’s episode we offer a comprehensive review of the recent session. There’s a lot to cover this week. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jul 5

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Let’s begin today’s program by looking at the recent Supreme Court decision known as Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. What might this decision portend for cases yet to come before the High Court? Then, last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo commemorated and celebrated the tenth anniversary of New York’s legalization of same-sex “marriage” by signing yet another bill on the LGBT agenda. We’ll tell you more about it. Speaking of gay “marriage”, that law continues to have an impact on religious liberty. Today, we’ll look at how it’s affecting a Christian photographer in Rochester, NY. After that, we’ll look at how concerned parents in one Western New York district were able to push Planned Parenthood out of their school. Frequently we’re asked for updates on the investigations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Last week, the New York State Bar Association concluded that there was blame to lay at the administration’s feet for the COVID nursing home deaths. There’s a lot to cover this week. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jun 26

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Let’s begin today’s program by looking at the recently concluded legislative session. We’ll fill in a few blanks regarding what did and didn’t pass at the tail end of the 2021 session. Then, we’ll go more in depth regarding a piece of the progressives’ criminal justice reform agenda known as the “Clean Slate” Act. Next up, we’ll look at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest relaxing of the COVID restrictions. After that, this week marks ten years since same-sex “marriage” was legalized in the Empire State. We’ll offer a few thoughts as New York marks this sad anniversary. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jun 21

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Let’s begin today’s program by looking a life issue at the federal level. Legislation that seeks to undermine and invalidate over a thousand pro-life laws across America has been introduced. We’ll tell you more about it. Then, our office is still receiving many inquiries regarding the status of the investigations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Today, we’ll discuss the latest. Continuing the state discussion, we’re pleased to report that before the Legislature concluded this year’s regular session last week it passed a bill that our organization has been advocating for that will benefit not only New York’s farmers, but also those needing the services of food pantries and emergency shelters. Finally, June is Pride Month. Thirty days dedicated to advancing and celebrating a view of human sexuality that defies not only biology, but also biblical beliefs. We’ll discuss how a Christian can approach this propagandizing. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jun 15

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Let’s start today’s program with some international news. Last week it was reported that China is again relaxing its policy regarding how many children a family is permitted to have. Then, a national pro-life organization has launched a major campaign in response to the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will consider a landmark abortion case. Continuing on the pro-life front, 62 leaders of pro-life organizations, including New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, are urging congressional leadership not to leave federal pro-life protections behind when they pass President Biden’s first budget. Then, closer to home, we’ll look at what relaxing COVID regulations mean for churches in the Empire State. Finally, we’re about to enter the last week of the 2021 regular legislative session. We’ll let you know where things stand now. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jun 6

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Let’s start today’s program with some good news. The pandemic has caused more parents to consider homeschooling and private school options for their families’ educational needs. Fewer parents are relying on public schools for their kids. Then, because of a swift public backlash, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is reversing its policy that required children aged two to five to wear face masks in day care and camp settings. Next, turning to state issues a troubling piece of end-of-life legislation is starting to move in the final seven days of the legislative session. This one could leave dementia patients to starve. We’re also seeing a legislative effort to force utility companies to use a person’s preferred personal pronouns, rather than those consistent with the person’s sex. It’s the coercive power of government sending even more confusion into the gender identity debate. Finally, it’s Memorial Day weekend and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging flags be flown at half-staff in honor of frontline workers lost during the COVID crisis. Republicans are speaking out reminding the Governor that as grateful as we are for those workers, Memorial Day is set aside for those members of the Armed Forces who have died in liberty’s defense. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

May 28

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Last week, the masks came off the faces of many New Yorkers and it was also the unmasking of Governor Andrew Cuomo. For months, the Governor has been dodging details regarding the contract he signed to publish a book during the height of the pandemic. At the same time, his administration was allegedly fudging the numbers on nursing home deaths. Now, the Governor’s tax returns reveal that he is poised to receive $5.1 Million for his COVID book deal. Next, we’ll spend a good portion of our program looking at the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will review a decision that will likely have major ramifications for unborn life and abortion rights in America. Then, faith-based schools will want to pay special attention to a piece of legislation that our organization is concerned about. It deals with the issue of Substantial Equivalency and state oversight of private schools. And finally, our organization would be appreciative of your prayers on our behalf as we enter the final ten working days of the 2021 regular legislative session. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

May 23

14 min 44 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. In today’s episode we’ll tell you how the Biden Administration has reversed course from the Trump Administration and will resume ghastly research utilizing aborted babies. Then, we’ll turn to state news and look at an effort one Albany politician is promoting to create a statewide vaccine database. And on a similar topic, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pronouncement that all students will need a vaccination to attend state universities and colleges this fall is stirring up a lot of opposition. At the same time, Republican leaders in the State Senate and Assembly are accusing the Assembly Democratic Majority of dragging its feet on the Cuomo impeachment investigation. And finally, there is another candidate who has entered the race to challenge Andrew Cuomo or whomever the Democrats put up for governor in 2022. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

May 14

14 min 39 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. We’re down to the final five weeks of the legislative session and today we’ll tell you about five bills we’re watching in the last lap. First, there was motion last week on the Public University Emergency Contraception Education Act. It has members of the pro-life community concerned. There are also indicators that Planned Parenthood and their political allies in Albany are preparing to make a push for mandatory public sex ed before the end of session. Then, there is an effort to raise the age of marriage in New York to eighteen, but leave the age of sexual consent at seventeen. This creates a conundrum that discourages marital monogamy. And, while not likely to see passage anytime soon, we want to make you aware of a bill that would make it a felony to intentionally injure a pregnant woman. Finally, last week there was a debate over assisted suicide legislation. We’ll tell you how it went and where you can watch it yourself. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

May 10

14 min 41 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. The Biden Administration is wasting no time in rolling back the pro-life advances made during the Trump presidency. This time, it’s targeting the Title X Protect Life Rule. Next, a group of pro-life churches and organizations are taking New York’s requirement that employers provide abortion coverage in health insurance plans to the U.S. Supreme Court. Then, our state has taken another step toward legalization of prostitution. The Manhattan District Attorney has announced that his office would stop prosecuting cases of prostitution and unlicensed massage. Following that, we’ll see that the progressive effort to redefine the language surrounding the social construct known as gender identity continues. This time, Democrats want to force even utility providers to participate in promoting their agenda. Finally, new information has emerged regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID book deal and the coverup of nursing home deaths. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

May 2

14 min 44 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Last week, the President of Planned Parenthood released an op-ed indicating that the abortion conglomerate would stop apologizing for its racist history under founder Margaret Sanger. Planned Parenthood is finally reckoning with its past, but it’s still failing to reckon with its present, and that is a problem. Then, in Albany, Planned Parenthood’s political allies continue to target New York’s pro-life pregnancy centers. A bill that would hinder the vital work of pregnancy centers is on the move. Our organization is working to stop it. Even more troubling, though is an effort to pass the New York Health Act. This legislation would virtually eliminate private health insurance in this state and move everyone to a costly, liberty-infringing, government-run healthcare plan. Then, if you haven’t been to the State Capitol lately. It’s a dystopian-looking scene with ‘No Trespassing’ signs, fencing, concrete barriers, and other blockades that have been placed around the People’s House, but it’s a metaphor of just how broken state government is. It’s time to re-open the Capitol and restore constitutional rights, like the freedom to assemble, to the people of this state again. Finally, as a Christian organization, we believe in the power of prayer. There’s a lot to pray about for our state and nation. We’ll be offering some suggested prayer requests for the month of May. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Apr 25

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. There is undoubtedly an attempt to remake America in the progressive mold in the modern Democratic Party. Case in point, is the conversation regarding the left’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court with thirteen justices, up four from the present nine. Then, with an eye toward New York City’s mayoral race, we’ll see that the frontrunner Andrew Yang, an abortion supporter, is coming under attack for simply saying that abortion need not be celebrated. Remember when Democrats used to say that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare? Well, that was then. This is now. Today, they only believe it must always be legal, safety and rarity are secondary concerns. Next up, there was a little known, but significant court ruling that may help protect people with developmental disabilities. Then, we’re entering the second half of the 2021 legislative session. Buckle up because things may get a little bumpy for social conservatives. Finally, we’re announcing the release of a new resource that may help parents, grandparents, and others trying to help young people navigate transgender conversations. I’ll tell you more about it and how you can acquire your own copy of it. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Apr 17

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Last week, Arkansas became the first state in the nation to ban the performance of gender transition procedures upon minors. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we hope this is the first of many states to come. Then, in Ohio we’ll look at a federal case that protects the free speech rights of faculty at public universities—even when that speech is politically incorrect. Turning to state news, we’ll put a spotlight on a couple of proposals in the recently passed $212 Billion State Budget. And while a lot of attention has been on the budget in recent days, we need to revisit the scandal surrounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s book deal. Finally, we have the first formal announcement of a candidate for New York State Governor. Let the games begin. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Apr 10

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. For those of you keeping track of the issues surrounding transgender athletes participating in girls’ competitive sports. You might be interested in something strange going on in South Dakota where Gov. Kristi Noem has been practicing the ‘South Dakota Shuffle’. Then, we’ll bring it back home and look at the New York news story of the week, where we became the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana. On a more positive note, the Legislature has passed, and the Governor signed into law a protection for nursing home residents that will guarantee their right to have two personal caregivers be allowed to visit them—even in times of declared public health emergency. Fourth, we’re going to unpack Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to utilize vaccine passports. It’s raising a number of concerns. Finally, our Legislative Day livestream was so successful that we’ve decided to launch a new monthly feature we’re calling Albany Update LIVE. I’ll tell you more about it and how you can participate in this new program. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Apr 5

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Our office has been fielding requests about H.R. 1. The measure is being billed as a voter reform proposal, but our organization believes it would the opposite and leave our election process more vulnerable to political corruption. Then, we’ll take a look at Rep. Tom Reed’s response to an allegation of sexual harassment. Third, it just doesn’t stop with the scandal surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo. We’ll discuss the latest. Following that, thirteen State Senate Republicans are coming to the aid of people living in group homes for the developmentally disabled. New legislation has been introduced that, if adopted, would repeal a dangerous COVID directive. Finally, it would appear that a deal has been reached to approved recreational marijuana. However, at the time of this recording the bill language hasn’t yet been released or a vote held. It’s not over yet. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Mar 28

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Starting at the federal level, last week the U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and passed a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Both of these innocuously named bills sound good at first blush, but leave social conservatives with significant concerns. Second, much to our organization’s chagrin, recreational weed may see a floor vote as early as this week, but legislative negotiations over bill differences still persist. The pot proposal is far from finished. Then, state budget conversation revolving around additional casinos and tax breaks for existing ones are underway. In addition, mobile sports betting appears to be moving toward passage. Fourth, much has been made of the State Health Department’s nursing home directive that led to an increased number of resident deaths, however there is a similar directive regarding state-operated group homes for the developmentally disabled and unlike the nursing home directive—it’s still in effect. Finally, we believe in the power of prayer and our organization has a number of specific prayer needs to share with you. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Mar 20

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Regular listeners know that our organization traditionally holds our largest advocacy day of the year on the third Tuesday of March. It’s not uncommon for us to welcome 1,000 or more attendees to the New York State Capitol. Unfortunately, COVID cancelled last year’s event and it has cancelled an in-person event this year as well. Still, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is holding its first digital day of action on Tuesday, March 16. We'll tell you more about it and how you can participate. During Legislative Day 2021: A Digital Day of Action we’ll focus on four key pieces of legislation. First, Planned Parenthood’s allies in the State Legislature are coming after pro-life pregnancy centers. we'll explain how. Then, we’re combating a proposal to mandate sex education for every student in grades K-12. We’re also pushing back against a plan to force sexual orientation and gender identity issues into faith-based schools. Finally, on a more positive note, we’re highlighting a piece of legislation that helps not only our farmers, but also those in poverty. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Mar 14

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Recent conversation has revolved around the so-called Equality Act. As previously reported, the (In)Equality Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and has advanced to the U.S. Senate. Allies across the nation are working to make sure the measure falls shorts of the likely ten Republican votes it would need to become law. However, there is a new threat developing. It’s called the Fairness for All Act and unfortunately too many Republicans are falling for this euphemistically named proposal. Also, on the federal level, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is taking heat for a line of questioning he directed to President Joe Biden’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of Health. We’ll discuss. Then, turning our attention back to state issues, there is a lot to cover regarding the troubles coming at Governor Andrew Cuomo—all self-inflicted wounds I might add. And while the pressure is growing on Andrew Cuomo, he has apparently cut a deal with the Democratic Majorities in the Senate and the Assembly that will not end, but extend, his pandemic superpowers. And finally, we learned that a national Christian adoption agency has caved to political correctness and will coordinate adoptions for same-sex couples. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Mar 6

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. While most of our organization’s attention is focused on the State Legislature, we do engage on key federal issues as well. Last week’s vote regarding the so-called Equality Act was a prime example. We’ll learn more about the bill and which congressional members were for and against this dangerous piece of legislation. Then, we’ll take a look at the Dignity for All Students Act and how one Manhattan Democrat desires to spread its influence and authority into New York’s faith-based schools. Third, there is a pro-life piece of legislation that would protect babies born alive after an attempted abortion. Sadly, it’s prospects for passage in the Empire State’s current political climate is unlikely, but it’s still important to promote. And while we’re talking about pro-life matters, listeners should be aware of a bill that is targeting pro-life pregnancy centers. And finally, we’ll discuss the life, death and sad scandal that is now engulfing the name and legacy of Ravi Zacharias. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Feb 27

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update. Early in the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo was praised for his handling of the Coronavirus crisis, but new facts are emerging and along with the facts—there’s a newly-empowered Legislature emerging as well. No longer cowering in its shell, a legislative turtle that has been slow to take action may—as early as this week—clip Cuomo’s wings. Then, while tensions couldn’t be higher between the Governor and the Legislature, Cuomo has modified his commercial cannabis bill to appease some in the State Assembly. Will it be enough to bring the pro-pot parties together or will their proposals to legalize weed go up in smoke? Third, it is now legal in New York to rent a women’s womb and buy the child she has carried to term. That is not an exaggeration. It’s the tragic results of a law that took effect last week. On so many levels, it is clear that the political left is coming for our children’s innocence, security and privacy, but a new effort has been launched that includes a promise to save America’s children. And finally, our greatest need is spiritual, not political. There are several ways you can specifically pray during the month of March. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Feb 21

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update. We’ll begin today’s program by shining a light on the bombshell report that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration intentionally covered up the death count numbers in New York’s nursing homes to shield the information from the U.S. Department of Justice. The inadvertent admission is sending shockwaves through the state. Then, we’ll look at some positive legislation that is moving that would help prevent future nursing home crisis in a time of emergency. Third, there is a development in the continuing effort to protect religious liberty as it relates to worship service attendance during a pandemic. Fourth, opioid addiction and overdose is increasing during the year-long Coronavirus crisis. It isn’t only the addicted that are impacted, however. Babies born to opioid-addicted mothers suffer greatly. I’ll tell you about some legislation that aims to help. And finally, a physician-assisted suicide bill has been reintroduced in the State Assembly. I’ll update you on its status and its prospects this legislative session. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Feb 12

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update. We’ll begin today’s program by taking a look at the early anti-life actions President Joe Biden’s Administration is taking. Then, we pivot to discuss Twitter’s hateful policy toward traditional views of human sexuality. Third, the bulk of today’s program will focus on a more detailed analysis of the news regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s underreporting and apparent coverup of COVID-related nursing home deaths. Finally we’ll offer a deeper dive into Albany’s action to ban loitering for purposes of prostitution and what it might mean for the legalization of prostitution in the Empire State. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Feb 5

14 min 43 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update. The news has been riddled with Twitter’s attempt to silence voices that are viewed as politically incorrect, but it isn’t just big tech seeking to silence truth. Recently, Pres. Joe Biden issued executive orders that deny basic biological realities and now even the National Association of Realtors has taken troubling action in this regard. Next up, New York State Attorney General Letitia James released a report that shows the State Health Department has been vastly underreporting the number of nursing home deaths related to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 policies. On the state legislative front, both the State Senate and the State Assembly took the first steps to decriminalize prostitution—and they’re expected to go even further any day now. Finally, I’m pleased to announce that our organization is launching a weekly prayer initiative specifically focused on New York’s elected officials and our state and national needs. I’ll tell you more about how you can get involved. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jan 30

14 min 40 sec

Last week, we saw the inauguration of President Joe Biden. We’ll take a look at some of the President’s early actions and his stated plans for his first 100 days in office. Second, cancel culture is strong. There are some who would seek to publicize and doxx donors who give to causes that may not be politically correct. I’ll update you on a court case that seeks to protect your privacy as it pertains to your charitable donations. Third, it’s not often that our organization comes out in favor of a government program, but there is one being proposed that makes perfect sense. It helps farmers and those in need. I’ll tell you more about it. Fourth, the changing political climate is troubling. How can we as Christians respond in this moment when there is so much angst in our society? Finally, I’d like to share some ways in which you can pray for our state and the nation in the coming month. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jan 23

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update. It is anticipated that President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated this week. Tensions are high across America and Christians should be especially focused on praying for our nation this week. We also are going to see some changes in the U.S. Senate. We’ll be taking a look at the expected incoming Majority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). One of the items that the next Congress may take up is something called the Equality Act. I’ll tell you why people who value religious liberty should be concerned. Then, trying to keep it balanced with some more positive news, churches recently saw another court victory and a cave from the Cuomo Administration. Finally, this month pro-life Americans will be participating in events like the March for Life and other pro-life witness events. I’ll even tell you about a local win for life in the Rochester region. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jan 16

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update. We’ll begin reflecting on the events of the past week. It was an ugly one for America. Then, we’ll let you know what happened with those U.S. Senate races in Georgia. Next, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms released our 2020-2021 Legislative Agenda. We’ll tell you more about our organization’s legislative priorities for the next two years. Then, we’ll see that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to become not only your bookie, but also your drug dealer. He wants the state to tax, regulate and in some cases operate what we have previously thought of as criminal enterprises. Finally, the State Senate has named who will be chairing the various legislative committees. While this may sound very dry, it has great bearing on what legislation will advance or be stymied in this legislative session. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jan 9

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update podcast. We’ll begin today’s program by looking at President-elect Joe Biden’s bad pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. If Joe Biden is inaugurated and the U.S. Senate approves the nomination, it could strike a blow to many of the pro-life gains made under President Donald Trump’s tenure. On a more positive development, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that protects women experiencing pre-term labor and their soon-to-be-born babies. Next, we’ve previously discussed the fact that leadership in the State Assembly was re-elected to their posts, but now we know that the Senate is following suit. Then, we’ll take a look at 2021 and the challenges that long-distance lobbying will mean for our organization’s efforts to influence legislation and legislators. Finally, I’ve got a list of prayer requests for the new year that I hope you’ll join me in lifting up. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Jan 1

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update podcast. I’m Jason McGuire. I serve as Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), New York’s evangelical Christian advocacy organization. Our mission is to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2021, with God’s help, NYCF will advocate in Albany, NY and in Washington, DC for four Biblically-based policy goals: The protection of human life, the promotion of strong families, the preservation of religious liberty, and the proclamation of justice and mercy. We’ll discuss in some detail what we pursue in each of these goals. Then, for many years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms’ affiliate organization—New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation—has held a weekly Legislative Bible Study during the legislative session in Albany. However, the COVID closure at our State Capitol, is severely hampering that effort. I’ll update you on our plans for 2021. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Dec 2020

14 min 40 sec

Thank you for joining me for this week’s edition of the Albany Update podcast. 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. Then, it’s Christmas week. Here at New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we thank the Lord for sending Jesus Christ into the world to save us from our sins. We also thank the Lord for the churches, families, and individuals whose generosity makes our continuing work possible. We would not be able to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ without them. NYCF wishes our friends and supporters a blessed Christmas season and a New Year filled with love and joy. Let’s get started. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support

Dec 2020

14 min 40 sec