Plans are underway for the March 18, 2014 Legislative Day event, and we’re praying that you and your church will be part of it! With increased threats to religious liberty coming from both our national and state governments, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF) has chosen “Liberty on the Line” as the theme for this year’s Legislative Day.
This Legislative Day event is about more than another Albany conference. It is an opportunity to interact with your elected officials on both a public policy and personally spiritual level. A full convention Center sends a positive message to all elected officials. We appreciate your part in making this vision a reality.
Take a Stand in our State Capital!
Bishop Harry Jackson
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr. serves as Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church, a 3,000-member congregation in Beltsville, Maryland. Having earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and worked at several Fortune 500 companies, Bishop Jackson approaches ministry from a unique perspective.
Bishop Jackson has appeared on the CBS Nightly News, BET, the O’Reilly Factor on FOX News, CBN, CBS, MSNBC and TBN, and his articles have been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and many other publications.
Bishop Jackson is also the Founder and President of High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC), which exists to protect the moral compass of America and be an agent of healing to our nation by educating and empowering churches, communities, and political leaders. The energy of this organization and the grassroots mobilization produced by it have impacted government officials locally, in multiple states, and in the federal government.
Because of his work, Bishop Jackson has received numerous awards, including the Watchman of the Year Award given him by the Family Research Council in 2011.
The Honorable Rob Astorino
The Honorable Rob Astorino
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, won election to his current position in 2009 after soundly defeating a Democratic incumbent in a predominantly Democratic county. In 2013, voters chose Astorino again; he won re-election by a double-digit margin.
Astorino was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education. He went on to serve for 12 years as a councilman on the Mount Pleasant Town Board, including six years as deputy supervisor. In 2003, Astorino was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
Before taking office as County Executive on Jan. 1, 2010, Astorino had a long career in the radio industry. He served as the station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosted a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the archbishop of New York. In 2001, he helped launch ESPN Radio in New York. He became the station’s senior producer, and was executive producer of “The Michael Kay Show.” Astorino has also held a wide range of volunteer and civic positions.
During his tenure as County Executive, Astorino vetoed a proposed county ordinance that would have created a “buffer zone” to limit protest activity near abortion clinic entrances, declaring the legislation to be “unnecessary, unfair and unconstitutional on its face.”
Astorino and his wife, Sheila, live in Hawthorne and are the parents of three children.
Sen. Simcha Felder
Sen. Simcha Felder
State Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is the 2014 recipient of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms' Courage Award. Sen. Felder is one of only two Democratic Members of the State Senate who voted "no" on Governor Andrew Cuomo's late-term abortion expansion bill, which was blocked by a margin of 32-31 on June 20, 2013. Sen. Felder's principled stand saved untold numbers of innocent lives. New Yorker's Family Research Foundation believes that Sen. Felder became a Member of the State Senate "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). We look forward to honoring the Senator at Legislative Day.
Other Elected Officials
Other Elected Officials
Legislative Day attendees will have the privilege of hearing from a number of Members of the New York State Legislature, including:
Sen. Martin Golden
Sen. Kathy Marchione
Sen. Lee Zeldin
|STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS|
Asm. Joseph Borelli
Asm. David DiPietro
Asm. Nicole Malliotakis
Asm. Steven McLaughlin
Asm. Phi Palmesano
Asm. Claudia Tenney
Group Coordinators (Bringing Groups of Ten or More)
Help Get the Word Out
The teen track program has been discontinued. All Legislative Day attendees, regardless of age, will participate in the general sessions. Please be advised that some content may be mature so we strongly advise that Legislative Day attendees be senior high school students or older.
Drivers should be prepared to show their driver’s license upon entering the parking garage. There is an hourly rate of $2.00 per hour, $20.00 per day for parking. Plan to arrive before 8:00 AM to find adequate parking. Parking directions can be viewed here. We recommend the V-Lot (P-3 North). Find and print directions below.
NYFRF will be offering complementary shuttle busing to the Convention Center from the Albany Ramada Plaza (3 Watervliet Ave. Extension, Albany, NY 12206) beginning at 7:30 AM on the morning of the event. Buses will return to the hotel at the end of the event. Using this option will save attendees $20 in garage parking fees.
Please keep in mind that you will be representing Christ before your elected officials. Modest business attire is requested.
Contrary to previous years, breakfast is not included in the cost of registration. We recommend that Legislative Day attendees purchase coffee and other breakfast items before entering the Capitol Complex or at one of the Concourse cafeterias before the event.
A box lunch (sandwich or salad, chips, cookie and bottled water) can be pre-purchased for $13.00. If you do not want to purchase a box lunch you may either find lunch at one of the concourse cafeterias or bring your own from home.
The Albany Ramada Plaza (3 Watervliet Ave. Extension, Albany, NY 12206) is offering Legislative Day attendees a rate of $79.00 if you call (518) 438-8431 and mention “New York Families”. The special rate will be applicable for either March 17th and/or March 18th, but it can only be guaranteed through February 17th. After this date, there may still be rooms available at this rate, but we cannot guarantee.
Upon request, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF) will provide refunds to persons who have purchased tickets for Legislative Day, providing that the refund request is communicated to our office no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to Legislative Day. NYFRF does not provide refunds based upon inclement weather, as our financial obligations for Legislative Day (including the cost of renting the Empire State Plaza Convention Center) remain the same regardless of weather conditions. NYFRF appreciates your understanding and support in regard to our refund procedure.
(Please Note: This schedule is by no means complete and subject to change as NYFRF seeks to accommodate various legislative speakers. If is offered however, for interested parties to see the general flow of the day.)
|7:30 AM||Registration Opens|
|9:00 AM||Welcome and Opening Activities|
|9:15 AM||Session 1: Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.|
|10:00 AM||Senate and Assembly Speakers|
|11:00 AM||Session 2: The Honorable Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive|
|12:00 PM||Lunch Break|
|12:15 PM||Q&A with Rev. Jason J. McGuire, President, NYFRF|
|1:00 PM||Session 3: Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.|
|2:15 PM||Presentation of Constituent Concerns to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo|
|3:00 PM||Tours, Visits with Legislators and Other Capitol Activities|