The Albany Update with Jason McGuire

The Albany Update with Jason McGuire

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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June 24, 2022 14 min

Welcome to another week of the Albany Update.

This week, we’ll be primarily focused on that HUGE pro-life victory at the United State Supreme Court. Roe has fallen.

Let’s get started.

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Welcome to another week of the Albany Update.

This week, we’ll be covering the recent Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate.

We’ll also be looking at another verbal assault from a sitting Democratic governor on New York’s pro-life community.

Then, calls are growing (finally) for a federal investigation of the recent string of pro-abortion violence directed at pro-life organizations.

Next up, it’s another controversial LGBT-affirm...

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Last week, was a troubling one for those of us in the pro-life community. Violence that had been directed at pro-life organizations across the country, suddenly hit close to home. A Buffalo, NY pregnancy center suffered an arsonist attack at the hands of pro-abortion activists. In response, Gov. Kathy Hochul offered only cold comfort to the pro-life community in her milquetoast remarks.

Additionally, there was a Democratic primary ...

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The 2022 legislative session is effectively over. At the time of this recording, the State Senate has adjourned, while the Assembly took a break at 2:36 AM on Friday, June 3, but picked it up again later in the day. If one house has left Albany, we can all breathe a little easier, though. It takes two houses to get a bill to the Governor’s desk before it can become a law.

Speaking of the end of session, we’ll offer an update on a f...

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We’ve held off on reporting too much regarding the state’s redistricting process, but we think we can finally stick a fork in it. It appears that the new legislative districts for the next ten years have been finalized.

Then, if your children or grandchildren attend a private school, you’ll want to pay attention to this next part. The state is once again looking at a mechanism for providing greater oversight of faith-based, private...

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Two weeks. That’s how many weeks are left in the 2022 regular legislative session. Two weeks. Legislators are a lot like procrastinating college students. Don’t expect them to finish the term paper until the night before it’s due. Similarly, New Yorkers can expect a frantic flurry of legislative activity before the Legislature leaves Albany on or around June 2.

Many of the issues circling the legislative drain revolve around securi...

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The recent leak of a draft opinion in the Supreme Court case that could overturn Roe v. Wade is bringing out the worst in pro-abortion activists. We’ll tell you what is going on and how those of us in the pro-life community must prepare, not flinch in the face of stiff opposition.

Then, we’re not out of the state legislative session yet. We’ll tell you about a few pieces of legislation and where they might be headed. One would mand...

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There was a leak at the Supreme Court last week. It was a draft opinion of a much-anticipated decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade. It’s only a draft, not a final decision, but it is raising hope in the pro-life community and consternation among the pro-abortion crowd.

We almost hate to put our hopes so high, but if Roe is overturned, the next question is what that means for New York and the rest of the nation. What would a pos...

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Planet Albany’s political world was rocked when news broke that the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, had rejected the Democrat-drawn congressional and Senate maps. It’s causing chaos in the final weeks of the legislative session.

We did say that we’re in the final weeks of the legislative session, though. There are a few things to talk about, such as the latest campaign to legalize assisted suicide, an effort to pass a s...

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A Suffolk County legislator has taken issue with the prayers offered at public meetings and is now proposing censorship of those prayers.

Next, we’ll look at the new State Budget, particularly how it impacts matters pertaining to the LGBT community and explain how pro-life members of the State Assembly sought to pushback against a pro-abortion agenda within the state’s...

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Last week, a bombshell dropped. Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin was arrested and later in the same day resigned. Now, political junkies are trying to figure out whether his name can be removed from the ballot or if it will remain alongside Governor Kathy Hochul’s.

As big as that story was, it wasn’t the only news of the week, though. It was nine days after the deadl...

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Last week, a bill of great concern to pro-life pregnancy centers across the state passed the State Assembly. The battle to block this bad bill shifts to the State Senate.

Then, as New York begins to rollout its marijuana market, there are deliberate efforts to destigmatize its use. New Yorkers should be advised that despite its legality, there are still dangers associa...

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In an anticipated move, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law protections for parental rights, but New York is working to undermine them. Some legislators want to mandate LGBT-oriented sex ed in public schools. If approved, the propaganda would bring discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity into kindergarten classrooms.

As if that weren’t enough, s...

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Multiple news reports last week indicated that the transgender deception is spreading throughout America, but the good news is that we’re also witnessing resistance to the lies and a stand for what we know to be biologically and biblically true.

Then, the New York State Court of Appeals, in a narrow decision, found fantasy sport betting constitutional. Dissenters howev...

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Today, we’ll begin by looking at the 2022 race for governor of New York.

Then, we’ll discuss a new report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli that indicates the state intentionally concealed the number of COVID nursing home deaths during the pandemic.

Turning to matters of state legislation, mobile sports gambling operators are already looking for a tax break.

Finally,...

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During this week’s program, we’ll be looking at NYCF’s 2022 Digital Day of Action and the issues covered in the livestream. In regard to the protection of human life, we highlight our opposition to a proposal from Gov. Kathy Hochul that would mandate and expand abortion coverage in New York. In the realm of family policy, NYCF focuses on our opposition to requiring COV...

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A federal bill that had the pro-life community concerned went down to defeat in the U.S. Senate last week. New York’s two U.S. Senators, Schumer and Gillibrand, unsurprisingly voted for the legislation, but one lone Democrat stood with the Republicans to defeat this no good, very bad bill.

Abortion continues to be a state concern as well, though. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s pr...

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It’s been a wild week in not just state or national politics, but in the global political scene. I’ll tell you more about an extended interview I had with a missionary to the Ukrainian people. He helps us understand how to pray for the Ukrainians and world leaders right now.

Then, turning to national politics, we’ll see that Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has sc...

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Across the country and here in New York, many are growing weary of the COVID restrictions. While mask mandates have long been a point of contention, the effort to end them is gaining momentum. Today, we’ll tell you about the Republican effort to end the school mask mandate across the Empire State.

Then, with the Superbowl in the rear-view mirror, we’ll reflect on the a...

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On February 9, 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the statewide mask mandate for indoor public places would be lifted effective February 10. In today’s program, we encourage Gov. Hochul to lift the mask mandate for schools as well.

Then, Under the leadership of Gov. Kathy Hochul, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is considering adopting several regulati...

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