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.