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Yet Another Constitutional Precedent: A Colonial Charter from New York

Yet Another Constitutional Precedent: A Colonial Charter from New York

Another forerunner of our Constitution was the Charter of Liberties and Privileges of New York—adopted by the colony’s legislature on October 30, 1683.

New York Bill Would Limit Surveillance Databases, Hinder Federal Spy Programs

New York Bill Would Limit Surveillance Databases, Hinder Federal Spy Programs

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would prohibit the state from creating any database containing aggregate surveillance data including ALPR, audio, video and facial recognition records. Passage would not only protect privacy in New York; it would also put major roadblocks in front of federal surveillance programs. Assm.Tom Abinanti […]

Why The Fight Over Gun Rights Must Be Waged in the States

Why The Fight Over Gun Rights Must Be Waged in the States

A recent lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association against the state of New York is an example of why the fight to keep and bear arms has to be won at the state level and in unorthodox ways. The NRA filed the lawsuit claiming New York Governor Andrew Cuomo illegally tried to force financial…

New York Using Facial Recognition to ID Drivers and Passengers at Toll Booths

New York Using Facial Recognition to ID Drivers and Passengers at Toll Booths

The state of New York is using facial recognition cameras to identify drivers and passengers at toll booths. A recent article in the New York Post revealed that toll booths use facial recognition to identify everyone. “We are now moving to facial-recognition technology, which takes it to a whole new level, where it can see…

New York Bill Would Terminate Common Core in the State

New York Bill Would Terminate Common Core in the State

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would end Common Core in schools throughout the state. Assembly Bill 10890 (A10890) was introduced by Asm. Doug Smith (R-Bayport). The legislation would void Common Core standards in the state of New York. It contains the same language as Senate Bill…

New York Bill Would Limit ALPR Use by Police; Help Stop National License Plate Tracking Program

New York Bill Would Limit ALPR Use by Police; Help Stop National License Plate Tracking Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 17, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New York Senate would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of…

Today in History: Vermont Secedes from New York

Today in History: Vermont Secedes from New York

Maintaining a fierce streak of individuality, Vermont was not even admitted to the union under the Constitution until 1791, after Washington had been president for about two years.

New York Bill Would Allow Common Core Opt Out

New York Bill Would Allow Common Core Opt Out

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 11, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New York Senate would allow some students to opt out of Common Core Standards and testing, a small step toward nullifying nationalized education in the state. If passed, the law would provide additional legal backing to some of the hundreds of thousands of New…