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They're used to walking on ice in Ilion. Now they're walking on egg shells all because of a shocking announcement from Remington Arms. People in Ilion say they want answers. Friday they didn't get them. And instead they were told to just stay positive.
They're used to walking on ice in Ilion. Now they're walking on egg shells all because of a shocking announcement from Remington Arms. People in Ilion say they want answers. Friday they didn't get them. And instead they were told to just stay positive.

"Don't breed negativism. You might think things are pretty bad. But for the most part things are pretty good," says Vincent Bono, Herkimer County Legislative Chairman.

But being positive could come as a challenge for some as jobs and livelihoods could be on the line.

“Hoping to god that Remington doesn't leave Ilion and the Mohawk Valley,” says Beth Neale, Ilion mayor.

And since the Remington Arms announcement, we still don't have any clear cut answers. The state of the county address was supposed to allow the public to ask questions but certain questions were off limits--including anything regarding Remington Arms. Remington officials and Bono said they would not speak at all about the company's future in Central New York. Instead Bono wants people to look at the positives.

"Close to 2,000 jobs have been created here in our county. And that creates opportunities for our children and the families that work and live here," he says.

A county legislator thinks that people are overlooking jobs that already exist in the Mohawk Valley.

"I think basically the opportunities that are out here, the young people are missing. Hands on jobs that people just seem to look the other way on," says Fred Shaw, District 16.

And I did speak with Ilion Mayor Beth Neale very briefly. She told me she wasn't able to speak at the time but she would let us know as soon as she could give us all an answer.
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