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Our office works to influence legislation on the national and state levels in order to promote the cause of human life and family life. Our mission is to transform our society in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We have mobilized the faithful for lobbying trips, letter-writing and email-writing campaigns, rallies and other activities to influence our government to defend the unborn and vulnerable. Information is regularly sent to parish activists to encourage them to take action on urgent issues. Staff members have given talks to numerous religious and secular groups in an effort to promote the Gospel of Life, and the Church's teachings on sexuality and the family.

We coordinate all our efforts with the New York State Catholic Conference to implement the Bishops' legislative advocacy strategies.  In particular, we rely on the Conference's Catholic Advocacy Network, which organizes and mobilizes grassroots e-mail advocacy in support of the positions of the Church on public policy matters. We also cooperate with legislative initiatives from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Secretariat, and the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment.


Status of Significant Public Policy Measures

Our Office has been tracking a number of major legislative and judicial actions that affect our public policy agenda.  These issues include the federal health care reform law, regulation of abortion, marriage and divorce, sex education, and embryonic stem cell research.

For an update on the status of these issues, you can download our current public policy status report.


NYS Catholic Conference Public Policy Day

On March 9, 2010, Archbishop Timothy Dolan gave an outstanding homily at the Public Policy Day at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.  In many ways, it summarizes the Church's role and mission in the public arena.

View Archbishop Timothy Dolan's  homily:




Sign up for the Catholic Advocacy Network!

The most effective tool we have to influence our legislators is the Catholic Advocacy Network.   The Network was established by the Bishops of New York State to provide Catholics with a modern, effective way to contact their representatives about issues of concern to the Church. It uses the convenience of email to alert you of important issues that are before our State Legislature, and lets you lobby your legislators from your own home, with just a few clicks of the computer mouse.  To join the Network, click here.

We encourage all our parishes to conduct a sign-up campaign to get their parishioners to join the Network.

To help in this project, we have prepared the following materials:


Edward T. Mechmann, Esq.
Public Policy Coordinator



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