Bill Memos

Re: A.6976, Markey / S.4801, Marcellino: In relation to extending provisions for resale of tickets

Memorandum of Support

The New York State Catholic Conference supports the above-mentioned legislation which seeks to extend the existing statute on the resale of tickets.

Catholic schools, as well as other independent and religious schools and countless not-for-profit organizations, regularly engage in fund-raising events for what is often a significant part of their operating budgets. One very popular source of income is the raffling of tickets to athletic and entertainment events. These tickets, which have been donated by benefactors, have always been a popular item sought by parents, family members, and other supporters of the non-profit. More


A.1041, Gunther / S.2387, Little: In relation to ad valorem levies and special assessments on tax exempt real property

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced bill would subject the thousands of not-for-profit institutions across New York to ad valorem levies and special assessments for fire protection services.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation. More


A.674, Rosenthal / S.4794, Hannon: In relation to health care decision-making

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced bill would remove an important safeguard currently in the Public Health Law that sets a reasonable and prudent standard that physicians and hospitals must observe when making decisions for individuals who lack capacity. This bill proposes to lower a decision-making standard currently found in our state’s Health Care Proxy Law (Article 29-C Public Health Law).

Under current law, the reasonably known wishes of the patient must be ascertained prior to an agent making decisions regarding medically-assisted nutrition and hydration. This bill would repeal this standard and allow for the ‘substituted judgment’ of the health care agent, effectively stripping the patient of the ability to have their medical decisions respected by giving the power to make those decisions to a third-party surrogate. Removing this protection will prove most detrimental to the powerless, isolated, vulnerable incapacitated population. More


S.1291, Espaillat / A.4762, Nolan: Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced legislation would address a number of the exemptions in New York’s labor, public health and workers compensation laws that currently prevent farmworkers from accessing rights and privileges available to other workers in New York State.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, and strongly urges enactment of this legislation. More


A.5418, Cusick / S.3933, Lanza: In Relation to timeliness of prosecutions for certain sex offenses

Memorandum of Support

The above referenced bill extends the statute of limitations for certain sex crimes committed against minors and amends the law to provide an equal opportunity for all survivors to bring a claim within the extended statute of limitations period against businesses, not-for-profits and religious organizations as well as municipal entities. Sexual abuse is a crime and an assault on the dignity of the human person, made even worse when the victim is a child. Child sexual abuse is a pervasive social problem and the Catholic Conference fully supports legislative efforts to strengthen criminal and prospective civil penalties for sexual abuse of children to ensure children are protected from predators now and in the future.

This bill helps to ensure such protection, and the Catholic Conference strongly supports it. More


Re: A.5489, Nojay / S.1432, O’Mara: In relation to restoration of the death penalty for the murder of a police or corrections officer, or a victim killed in an act of terrorism

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced bill would reverse the 2004 New York State Court of Appeals decision which invalidated capital punishment (People v. LaValle), by changing the “jury deadlock” instruction to jurors. This legislation would, therefore, restore the death penalty in New York State.

The New York State Catholic Conference strongly urges you to oppose this legislation. More


S.700, Rivera / A.1616, Gottfried: In relation to establishing a sex education grant program

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced legislation would establish a new dedicated funding stream for comprehensive contraceptive sex education programs for all age levels in New York State.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill.

This legislation would create a new funding mechanism to direct taxpayer dollars toward select organizations such as Planned Parenthood to ensure “comprehensive” sex education programs, promoting all contraceptive methods at undefined “age appropriate” grade levels. These programs would be in schools and other settings. More


A.3122, Morelle / S.4701, Savino: In relation to the sale of monuments

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced bill applies to cemeteries organized and operated under the Religious Corporations Law and would prohibit those cemeteries from selling monuments and memorials. The Catholic Conference continues to object to governmental encroachment on the operation of Church-affiliated cemeteries. These cemeteries perform burial services according to the rites and rituals of the Church and, as such, are and should remain outside the purview of governmental intrusion.

The New York State Catholic Conference strongly opposes this legislation. More


A.1248, Fahy: In relation to authorizing Catholic religious cemetery corporations to reacquire abandoned lots

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced legislation would allow Catholic religious cemetery corporations to reacquisition abandoned lots, plots, and parts thereof after an extensive title search and approval by a Supreme Court.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation. More


A.6221 Glick / S.4432 Stewart-Cousins: In relation to abortion expansion

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced legislation would embed the US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into New York statute, freezing New York law in 1973. It would repeal New York’s current law which allows abortion through 24 weeks of pregnancy (Article 125 Penal Law), but outlaws abortion after that unless necessary to save a woman’s life. In its place, A.6221 / S.4432 would insert a broad health exception, interpreted by the courts not to mean serious physical health impairment, but rather, to include age, economic, social or other emotional factors. It is an exception that will permit unlimited late-term abortion on demand in New York State. More