NYCFPAC Issues 2016 State Legislative Endorsements

Albany, NY – New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms PAC (NYCFPAC) New York’s evangelical Christian political action committee exists to elect pro-life, pro-family, and pro-freedom candidates to political office in the State of New York. This year, NYCFPAC is endorsing five state legislative candidates

 

NYCFPAC is pleased to endorse the following candidates for New York State Senate:

 

Sen. George Amedore

Sen. George Amedore

Sen. George Amedore (R, C, I, REF – Rotterdam): Sen. George Amedore was elected to represent the residents of Senate District 46 in 2014, and his campaign is key to Republican efforts to maintain control of the Senate. Prior to his Senate service, Sen. Amedore served in the New York State Assembly from 2007 through January 2013; he is a homebuilder by occupation. Sen. Amedore’s record reflects respect for human life, family, and freedom; he opposes abortion expansion, has voted against the Bathroom Bill, and has voted in favor of education tax credit legislation that would benefit students in Christian schools and charter schools. Sen. Amedore has also introduced a bill that would require schools to observe a one-minute moment of silence at the beginning of each school day (S.6371-Amedore). Regarding gun rights, Sen. Amedore recently observed that “We don’t have a gun problem; [we] have a Godless problem”; the Senator supports full repeal of the NY SAFE Act (S.1193-Marchione). A staunch supporter of government reform, Sen. Amedore opposes a legislative pay raise, supports pension forfeiture for convicted public officials, and has introduced legislation to provide for term limits for state legislators (S.3808-A-Amedore). Sen. Amedore is outspoken about his Christian faith; he and his family worship at Bethel Full Gospel Church.

 

Jim Tedisco

Asm. Jim Tedisco

Asm. Jim Tedisco (R, C, I, REF – Glenville): Following the announcement that longtime Sen. Hugh Farley would not seek re-election, Asm. Jim Tedisco stepped forward to run for New York State Senate in District 49. Asm. Tedisco’s Assembly tenure included a stint as Assembly Minority Leader, during which time the Assemblyman’s vocal opposition to then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to grant driver licenses to illegal immigrants helped pressure the Governor into backing down. Asm. Tedisco’s voting record includes opposition to the Bathroom Bill, abortion expansion, the NY SAFE Act, and the Counselor Coercion Bill, as well as support for the pro-life Butler Amendment. Asm. Tedisco is the Assembly sponsor of the Message of Necessity Reform Amendment (A-1601-Tedisco), which would discourage the Legislature from casting rushed, eleventh-hour votes on bills that have not received appropriate scrutiny; the Assemblyman has also sponsored the Common Core Parental Refusal Act (A.6025-A-Tedisco) and has co-sponsored the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (A.6502-Cusick) and term limits legislation (A.4651-A-Johns).

 

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NYCFPAC is pleased to endorse the following candidates for New York State Assembly:

 

Bill Banuchi

Bill Banuchi

Rev. Bill Banuchi (C, REF – Newburgh): Rev. Bill Banuchi, a longtime pastor and marriage counselor, is running against an incumbent opponent in the Hudson Valley’s Assembly District 104. Rev. Banuchi and his wife, Penny, are co-founders of the Marriage & Family Savers Institute, which [helps] preserve the holy institution of marriage by training marriage mentor couples and [working] with clergy and civic leadership to establish community marriage initiatives. A longtime advocate for Christian involvement in government, Rev. Banuchi also serves as Executive Director of the New York Faith & Freedom Coalition.

 

John Byrne

John Byrne

Mr. John Byrne, III (R, C, I, REF – Cape Vincent): In 2014, John Byrne, III challenged an incumbent Assemblymember in Assembly District 116 and came within a hair’s breadth of defeating her. This year, Byrne is trying again. John Byrne’s experience as a North Country businessman, town board member, and local development corporation vice-chair will make him a valuable addition to the New York State Assembly, as will his opposition to left-wing legislation like the SAFE Act.

 

Andrew Goodell

Andrew Goodell

Asm. Andrew Goodell (R, C, I, REF – Jamestown): Since arriving in the New York State Assembly in 2011, Asm. Andrew Goodell has developed a reputation as a thorough, careful lawmaker who pays close attention to the details of proposed legislation. Asm. Goodell has represented his southwestern New York Assembly District 150 well, and his prior experience as an attorney and as Chautauqua County Executive has aided him. Asm. Goodell has amassed a strong conservative voting record that includes votes against abortion expansion, so-called emergency contraception legislation, the Bathroom Bill, the Counselor Coercion Bill, the SAFE Act, and physician-assisted suicide.

 

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Rev. McGuire concluded, “NYCFPAC is thankful for the opportunity to support these five candidates for the New York State Legislature, and we look forward to working with them to advance life-affirming, family-strengthening public policies in Albany in the coming years.”