History

We were here yesterday, and we’ll be there tomorrow. With the support of tens of thousands New Yorkers, New York Families Action and New York Families Foundation have made a lasting impact upon the state of New York. Here are some highlights of our organizations’ shared story:

1982

 

Rev. Duane Motley, the founder of New York Families, gathers with fellow believers in the Rochester area to pray about forming a statewide Christian public policy organization.

1982

1983

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms—the predecessor to New York Families Action—is incorporated, giving evangelical Christians a lobbying voice in Albany.

1983

1984

Rev. Motley speaks at a public hearing before the New York State Board of Regents to urge the Board not to impose mandates on Christian schools.

1984

1985

New York Families Action helps to pass legislation further restricting the public display of obscene material.

1985

1990

New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, the educational arm of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and the predecessor to New York Families Foundation, is formed.

1990

1992

The New York State Senate passes a New York Families Action-supported bill banning the possession of pornographic material depicting children under the age of 16.

1992

1997

New York Families Action promotes infant health by helping to pass a state law providing AIDS testing for newborns.

1997

2002

A New York Families Action-supported bill exempting small nonprofits from being required to hire certified public accountants to perform annual audits is signed into law.

2002

2005

New York Families Action successfully lobbies for a gubernatorial veto of a bill pertaining to building codes that would have created unnecessary costs for churches.

The New York State Senate passes a New York Families Action-supported bill that would have banned the use of Medicaid funding for elective abortions.

2005

2009

New York Families Action spearheads the defense of traditional marriage in New York. Despite pressure from Gov. David Paterson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to redefine marriage, a same-sex “marriage” bill is resoundingly defeated, 38-24, on the Senate floor.

2009

2010

New York Families Action’s long-standing opposition to the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act—also known as the Bathroom Bill—bears fruit, as the bill is defeated in the Democrat-dominated New York State Senate Judiciary Committee.

2010

2011

New York Families Action orchestrates a statewide Mayday for Marriage bus tour to galvanize opposition to same-sex “marriage.”

New York Families Action helps to pass the Missing Angels Act, which requires that certificates of still birth be provided to the parents of stillborn children.

2011

2012

New York Families Action hosts a telephonic voter forum featuring candidates in the Republican primary for United States Senate.

2012

2013

New York Families Action teams with pro-life allies to stop Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s late-term abortion expansion bill from passing. On the final day of the legislative session, an attempt to force a Senate vote on the bill fails, 32-31.

2013

2014

New York Families employs state-of-the-art technology to create its first-ever interactive online voter guide.

After the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) rules that New York Families Action must disclose the identities of some of its donors, New York Families Action appeals JCOPE’s decision. A judicial hearing officer rules that New York Families Action is not required to disclose the identities of its donors.

2014

2015

 

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum appears as the keynote speaker at New York Families’ annual Legislative Day event in Albany.

2015

2017

New York Families Action persuades State Senate leadership not to schedule a vote on a bill that would let gamblers borrow money from casinos.

New York Families completes the purchase of its ministry headquarters.

A pro-adoption bill introduced at the request of New York Families Action is signed. The signed legislation directs the state to report on the impact a tax deduction would have upon the financial burdens involved in adopting a special needs child.

2017

2020

After New York Families Action, along with more than 300 New York pastors, urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo to relax COVID-19 restrictions affecting churches, the Governor lifts his ban on small religious gatherings.

2020

2022

New York Families hosts its first-ever campaign school for Christians who are potentially interested in seeking public office.

2022

2023

Following a lawsuit filed on behalf of New York Families Action and a number of New York pastors in 2022, the 2023-2024 New York State Budget amends a recently-passed gun control law to allow unpaid security personnel at churches and other houses of worship to carry firearms.

New York Families Action celebrates the fact that New York’s assisted suicide bill has made no progress toward becoming law for the past seven years.

2023
New York Families Action is a nonprofit advocacy organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to New York Families Action are not tax-deductible. Our sister organization, New York Families Foundation, is a nonprofit charity that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Headquartered in Monroe County, the two organizations are united by a shared vision and have been instrumental in educating and rallying New Yorkers around our shared values.