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Arcuri hopes possible contract for Remington Arms could mean big money for CNY

By By EMMA WRIGHT

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Michael Arcuri secured $204 million in additional funding for sniper rifle upgrades for the military, hoping that a majority of the money will find its way back to the Mohawk Valley.

Remington Arms in Ilion is hoping they will be awarded the contract for the sniper rifle upgrades and Plant Manager James Rabbia said securing the new contract will give the employees at the Ilion plant job security and job retention.

"We've been making firearms for the government for many years," Rabbia said. "We're very proud of that fact."

The $2.4 million in funding is in addition to the $3.4 million secured by Schumer and Arcuri last year for M-24 sniper rifle upgrades. Schumer said the additional funding will allow Remington Arms to compete aggressively for the federal contracts - something he believes will be good for all of Central New York.

Rabbia said Remington will be competing against several other larger companies for the rifle upgrade contracts. He said there is no time frame yet for when the government will make a decision on what company will be awarded the contract.

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