NY Gov. Cuomo: Don’t Blame Me for Lost Remington Jobs

Andrew Cuomo

Is it just us, or does New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seem just a little defensive when answering questions about the latest job cuts at Remington? “I know we tend to think we’re New York it must be about us. Sometimes it’s not about us.” Unless it is. Sure, Big Green’s Ilion plant is a little long in the tooth, but as lohud.com notes, “The company has been critical of New York’s SAFE Act, the gun-control law championed by Cuomo in January 2013.” You remember the SAFE Act. That’s the knee-jerk, never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste RKBA assault the Gov and Empire State legislature shoved through without input or hearings in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings . . .

The same SAFE Act was the dromedary spinal-cracker that persuaded Kahr Arms to hop across the border to the more firearms-friendly confines of Pennsylvania. But no, not Remington. Au contraire, to hear the Governor tell it, Ilion’s being hollowed out because of nefarious corporate strategies he had nothing to do with.

“The layoffs at Remington Arms are a function of Remington moving to the state of Alabama and consolidating operations all across the country,” Cuomo told reporters today at the State Fair in Syracuse.

It’s true that Remington’s moved operations from its brands based in various states to its new Huntsville facility. But the way Cuomo sees it, increased regulatory burdens combined with an open hostility toward a company’s products have nothing to do with any subsequent decisions to move jobs out of a state. It’s all just a darn shame. Nothing to be done, really. Next question.

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  1. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    And just remember kids it’s all Bush’s fault!
    And your RACIST!!
    So his policies had nothing to do with the overall declining economy in NY. Ok got it…
    Tell that to the folks near the PA border watching the economic boom there.

    1. avatar Mediocrates says:

      for the children! again. still.

  2. avatar DJL says:

    Its not his fault its bad luck.

    ROBERT HEINLEIN
    Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

    This is known as “bad luck.”

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      R.A.H.

      Lazarus Long(“Time enough for Love”). “Star Ship Troopers”, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”, “A Stranger in a Strange Land”.

      Much more than science fiction. A true journey of discovery of the self.

    2. avatar Jason says:

      Love that quote!!

  3. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

    “The layoffs at Remington Arms are a function of Remington moving to the state of Alabama and consolidating operations all across the country,” Cuomo told reporters today at the State Fair in Syracuse.”

    Um, I think he needs to take a refresher course on proximate and ultimate causation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proximate_and_ultimate_causation

    1. avatar notalima says:

      Thanks, M-A. You beat me to it. I was thinking exactly the same thing.

      “His bleeding to death has nothing to do with the bullet, it is a function of his poor economic condition in life.”

      Spin spin spin.

    2. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

      If I ran Remmington, I’d put out a press release saying basically that the decision to move was sparked by NY’s new law. But I don’t, so I’ll have some hard cider instead.

  4. avatar Tsn4 says:

    “Remington moving to the state of Alabama and consolidating operations all across the country” So according to Cuomo Remington is “consolidating” its operations by spreading them out. I don’t think Cuomo understands what the word “consolidate” means.

    1. avatar notalima says:

      Now just have Mandy Patinkin do the voice over for that.

      “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.”

      1. avatar A samurai says:

        Remington left NY because of restrictive new gun laws, you say?

        INCONCEIVABLE!

  5. avatar SouthernPatriot says:

    Oh, no, of course, not! Democrats regulate, prohibit, restrict, denigrate, obfuscate, and otherwise hinder firearm manufacture, ammunition manufacture. firearm ownership, ammunition availability, and think there are no consequences. Cause and effect. Pure and simple. Too simple for Cuomo, or Mexifornia governors to understand.

  6. avatar Col. Angus says:

    Andy Cuomo…. mobbed-up to the hilt.

  7. avatar Pro2AGuy says:

    “Daddy got me the Job” and he said guns were bad…freak of Nepotism…

  8. avatar Jus Bill says:

    Cuomo’s a funny guy. A really funny guy. I wonder how funny he’s going to be when there are no private businesses left in NYS but amateur pharmaceutical sales, cigarette smuggling and gun running. And mortgage bank hustling and other financial scams, of course.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Psshht. No worries … the financial markets jobs in New York City are not going anywhere and can carry the whole state. And when I say carry the whole state, I mean carry everything … provide jobs for everyone (even in the far western and northern reaches of the state) and pay all the taxes necessary to provide all the government services.

      /end_sarcasm

    2. avatar Bob72 says:

      He will do what most liberals do. He will pack up, move to another state, and do it all over again until there are no other states to ruin.

  9. avatar Barry says:

    Gem from the comment section:

    “I don’t like guns but the odds of someone not being able to support their family under Governor Cuomo is greater than the odds of them being shot with an assault rifle.”

  10. avatar Sammy says:

    Maybe it’s, as I recall, that lil’ Andy said that there was no room for conservatives in the Empire State.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      The really sad part: when the entire state is all Progressives and the state collapses, they will blame the collapse on the rest of the country for not being 100% Progressive.

      It is the same problem with gun control. Whenever Progressives realize that gun control has failed, they blame the failure on the regions that have “weak” gun control … which means they cannot ever achieve gun control until the entire world has it. And when that still fails to eradicate “gun violence” they will blame the failure on countries that are not 100% Progressive.

      I hope you see the common theme here. Progressives blame all failures on the people who are not Progressives. Any guesses where that leads?

      1. avatar Gene says:

        Virginians see exactly that from DC and MD. Peraonally, I get tired of them blamkng us for their self made problems.

        1. avatar Sammy says:

          With Terrible Terry at the helm, trouble brews in the great state of Virgina.

        2. avatar Gene says:

          MD and DC have been saying that stuff for years. They are broken records. As for TMac, for the time being, our House is holding things. VCDL is a big help and we owe a lot to their efforts.

      2. avatar Sammy says:

        We are getting Blue Bleed Over in the Poconos and North East Pa in general. As the re-writing of history and tradition takes hold things can only get worse.

      3. avatar Pillager1900 says:

        “I hope you see the common theme here. Progressives blame all failures on the people who are not Progressives. Any guesses where that leads?”

        Lol. That reminds of the time I told my daughter to quit acting like a Democrat. She kept saying all her problems (stupid teenager probls not real problems) were not her fault.

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    I don’t just blame Gov. Cuomolini. I also blame the state legislature, all the state Democrats, the downstate Republicans and MAIG — the slimeball organization that actually wrote the UnSAFE Act.

    All those Bloomberg heroes are more comfortable in the company of lowlife hedge fund operators than with true working men and women.

  12. avatar Dan s says:

    Denial is a wonderful survival mechanism, don’t ya think.

  13. avatar bob says:

    I look at the picture and he is telling us his business IQ. zero.

    1. avatar Nick D says:

      I thought it was how many sh!ts he gives about other people’s problems.

    2. avatar doesky2 says:

      Nope….showing the size of his brain.

    3. avatar Sammy says:

      It could be a Brazilian hand* gesture meant to be a self portrait.

      * I’d get moderated if I told you, but think “As old”

  14. avatar Gene says:

    As I recall, not too long ago Cuomo said that gun owners “have no place in New York”. He got part of his wish and what he’d been working for and doesn’t like the consequences. He’s such a tool.

    1. avatar fuque says:

      And Im sure the rest of the country is fine with NY’s choice….. hey, if NY wants to leave the table, why should the rest of the players care?..

    2. avatar MiniMe says:

      “He’s such a tool.”

      I respectfully disagree, Gene. Tools are at least useful for something.

      OTOH, guvnor “if-my-lips-are-moving-I’m-lying” Cuomo is a filthy used diaper, and should be treated as such.

  15. avatar fuque says:

    I’m sure the people who now have jobs with Remington in Alabama are smiling.. you snooze you loose NY.

  16. avatar ensitue says:

    it’s a good thing Union Pensions, astronomical taxes and a state government hell bent on all out communism has nothing to do with the decline of industry in the NEUS other wise Progressive Communists like Cuomo might have to shirk responsibility in yet another way.
    Polish this turnip any way you want, the gods of the copy book headings will not be impressed , or ignored

  17. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    When I first saw that photo of Governor Cuomo, I immediately pictured him holding a marijuana joint in those fingers and having a conversation with someone while getting high. Is it just me?

  18. avatar Daily Beatings says:

    Il Duce ha parlato (the leader has spoken). Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato (everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state).

  19. Damn right. Let that crap state burn in economic hell and let the jobs go elsewhere. Couldnt happen to a better bunch of people.

  20. avatar Anon says:

    When he was boss of the Federal Housing and Urban Development department, he put a “political officer” in each HUD office. He was there for the Democrats, he completely politicized HUD.

    Corrupt, he just shut down a state commission on crookedness in the state capital, Albany (legislature). Why. . . . . . ..? They were getting too close to his office.

    Years ago an FBI agent in charge investigated the legislature in MA. He thought MA was the most corrupt state legislature until he hit NY’s. He couldn’t figure out where all the money went or who gave/got it.

  21. avatar Joe R. says:

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty,
    the tranquility of servitude
    better than the animating contest of freedom,
    go home from us in peace.
    We ask not your counsels or your arms.
    Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
    May your chains set lightly upon you,
    and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

  22. avatar Resident CT says:

    You reap what you sow Cuomo.

  23. avatar roadrunner says:

    What does Moe Sislak have to do with this story?

  24. avatar Dave says:

    Cuomo is a diseased brained idot. People like him will never get it. They have broken brains. And have a weird hate for America. We have to teach our children well and win this battle.

  25. avatar Col. Angus says:

    How do you know Andrew Cuomo’s been around? The oil slick…..

  26. avatar Slab Rankle says:

    We should not fool ourselves into thinking they’re sad to these these industries go. They view gun manufacturing the same way that ‘hood rats view the crack house down the street. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    How many gun jobs where there in this state of 20 million people, anyway? A couple of hundred?

    Remington put up with liberal NY for decades, and now they’ve made a business decision. Big deal.

  27. avatar bontai Joe says:

    How do these nit wits get elected and re-elected? That thought alone makes my head hurt.

  28. avatar DTAL says:

    There’s any surprise that the Nazi poster boy for the zero responsibility party would deny responsibility?

  29. avatar borg says:

    His law made it impossible for Remington to legally operate and it is a shame that he is not man enough to accept responsibility.

  30. avatar RockThisTown says:

    “The layoffs at Remington Arms are a function of Remington moving to the state of Alabama and consolidating operations all across the country,” Cuomo told reporters today at the State Fair in Syracuse.

    I realize the media will spin this in Cuomo’s favor, but inside, are they really buying this garbage? Paint me crazy, but I’m thinking that fewer residents means fewer customers.

    “We distort, you take a ride . . . to another state.”

    1. avatar JuanCudz says:

      … And fewer jobs means fewer tax payers and spenders. Chummo just doesn’t get it.

  31. avatar will says:

    As an old guy who lives in northern Bama I hope more companies continue to consolidate their operations here in my state.. I was sad to hear magpul did not choose our state. For any other companies looking to consolidate operations I know the state is willing to give nice tax incentives and that the state legislature has passed protection for the 2nd amendment should any changes be made at the federal level this state is going to ignore them, if I read the paper correct which I will admit at this age is getting harder due to the fact that papers have gotten thinner, the stories shared so much they are almost universal and finally most newspapers are not reliable anyway….

  32. avatar George Cali says:

    We need to vote this clown out of office!

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