Astorino promotes job plan outside Remington Arms

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Republican Gubernatorial Candidate and current Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino touted his jobs plan outside the battle-worn Remington Arms in Ilion on Thursday.

On Friday, 107 workers will walk out of the gun manufacturing plant for the last time. Of those layoffs, roughly 27 are new.

Astorino, flanked by local Republicans including Assembly members Claudia Tenney and Mark Butler, said that one of the first things he'd do if elected is sign an executive order prohibiting any new business regulations until the 750,000 he says are currently on the books are closely examined.

Astorino also tried to give hope to remaining Remington workers. 

"I would sit down with the people of Remington, the union members, the workers and the owners and say 'please, give us a little time. As soon as I get in there, we're going to change things. We want you to stay in New York. We don't want you to go to Alabama.' "

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking from the state fair, said that the Remington Arms layoffs have nothing to do with counter-productive statewide policies and regulations.

"Sometimes it's not about us. They are consolidating operations all across the country, from red states from blue states, this is not about politics," he said. "This is about they have a massive space they took over in Alabama." 

Cuomo also said his office has been speaking with Remington Arms about rehabbing their aging Ilion facility.

Remington Union officials say they're not going to endorse a candidate for governor.

Astorino will release his tax, education and other proposals in the coming weeks.

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