Remington Arms’ layoffs “not about politics,” Cuomo says

Remington Arms’ layoffs “not about politics,” Cuomo says – Gov. Andrew Cuomo today dismissed criticism that Remington Arms, the Mohawk Valley gunmaker, has laid off workers in New York because of the state’s gun-control laws, saying the company is consolidating operations in Alabama from all around the country.  The Ilion, Herkimer County, gun manufacturer indicated Monday that it is laying off 105 workers in New York as part of its expansion in Alabama.  The company has been critical of New York’s SAFE Act, the gun-control law championed by Cuomo in January 2013.  “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 know we tend to think we’re New York it must be about us. Sometimes it’s not about us.”