Remington Cutting Jobs In New York
New York safe act Response?
It really didn’t take all that long for the inevitable to happen. The New York governor, the New York State Senate and Legislature passed draconian gun laws in the dark of night – literally in the dark of night in early 2013. Cuomo’s desire to make a splash with liberals and do New York City’s bidding passed anti-gun laws that are so offensive that gun manufacturers have been leaving the state, the latest being Remington (in my humble opinion).
Remington has stated it is reducing its work force in New York. Company spokesman Teddy Novin said Remington is cutting 105 jobs from its workforce in Ilion, N.Y. He said that some, but not all, of those jobs are moving to Alabama – a state they have just opened a plant in February of this year. Novin cited a consolidation of its production facilities and a softening market for the move – a nice politically correct statement. The shame of it is that prior to the work force reduction, Remington employed between 1,200 and 1,300 workers in Ilion, a city that really needs the jobs. Just to demonstrate the seriousness of jobs actually moving from Illion, Remington has operated the New York factory for nearly 200 years.
Although Remington wouldn’t say whether the Cuomo “safe-act” state laws affected its decision one can only speculate.
Among the weapons made by Remington is the Bushmaster, a semiautomatic rifle that accepts 5- round magazines as well as 30-round magazines along with some fantastic rifles such as the renowned model 700 series. The safe act laws basically bans the bushmaster rifle in New York unless really superficial modifications are made to make it look less like an AR.
Hopefully New York City liberals are happy. I wonder if they are at all concerned that over 100 people in a beautiful upstate city will no longer have a job – a job that more than likely was for skilled people. In a state so large and so diverse, it amazes me that basically the “upstate” region of New York is governed by liberals out of New York City. There are many “upstaters” that oppose the Cuomo gun grab law, maybe the majority of people up here but yet we are continually over-ruled by a city over 100 miles away. For the remainder of the US – let this be a lesson.
Oyster Poachers Found Guilty with Help of New Radar Network
Two Somerset County watermen were found guilty Monday of harvesting oysters from a State of Maryland sanctuary.
Officers used the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN), a radar and camera system, on Nov. 25 to track a vessel moving in and out of the Somerset Sanctuary in Tangier Sound. They subsequently charged William Catlin and Irving Lee Catlin with dredging in the protected area.
District Judge Paula Price ordered the vessel’s captain, William Catlin, 64, of Upper Fairmount, to pay a $1,000 fine ─ $550 above the preset fine ─ and the mate, Irving Catlin, 55, of Westover, to pay a $450 fine. She gave them 30 days to appeal.
“When we launched our initiative in 2010 to restore Chesapeake Bay oysters, we included a tough conservation law enforcement component to protect this invaluable resource and let Marylanders know our commitment was rock solid,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “I’m pleased the court recognizes the importance of this effort.”
After viewing images recorded by the MLEIN system, Judge Price ruled that despite the watermen’s denials to the contrary, “it is clear to this court that you were in and out of the sanctuary, oystering.”
“We are grateful to the court for accepting the use of MLEIN in our conservation law enforcement efforts and to Governor O’Malley for supporting the development of this system,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill.
Judge Price noted that William Catlin has a history of crabbing, oystering and fishing violations dating back to 1982, and that Irving Catlin has natural resources convictions going back to 1979.
She dismissed the watermen’s claims that it is sometimes difficult to stay outside the protected area and offered a suggestion: “If you’re afraid of drifting into a sanctuary then don’t go anywhere near one.”
MLEIN, adapted from the Pentagon’s geo-fencing initiative, became fully operational last fall. Each of the units in the network is able to cover up to 20 miles on the Chesapeake Bay, reaching from the mouth of the Susquehanna River to the Virginia state line.
“This is MLEIN’s first full season on the Bay, acting as an extra set of eyes for our officers,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “As we refine and expand its capabilities, and officers grow more comfortable working with it, we are confident the result we be more arrests and more convictions of poachers who steal Maryland’s natural resources.”