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Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Remington Arms Company, Inc.

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Remington
Arms Company, Inc.

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those busi-
nesses and individuals that are devoted to the welfare of the community
and its citizenry; and
WHEREAS, It is also the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize
and commend those businesses which work to better their local community
and work hard to keep a local tradition alive; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 200th Anniversary of Remington Arms Company, Inc.; and
WHEREAS, Remington celebrates its 200th Anniversary in the gun busi-
ness as "America's Oldest Gunmaker"; the company is quite possibly the
oldest manufacturer in America to still be making its original product;
and
WHEREAS, For 200 years, Remington Arms has been the backbone of Ilion,
New York, in Herkimer County; today, the Company is one of the county's
largest employers, employing nearly 1,400 people and greatly enhancing
its economic impact; and
WHEREAS, In 1816, Eliphalet Remington II handcrafted his first rifle
barrel at his father's forge, and carried it to Utica, New York, to have
a local gunsmith fabricate it into a flintlock rifle; he soon estab-
lished a rifle-making business and forged thousands of rifles which he
sold to gunsmiths throughout America; and
WHEREAS, After Eliphalet Remington II moved the barrel making opera-
tion from the forge site to 200 acres alongside the new Erie Canal, the
present location of the Remington factory in Ilion, New York, he negoti-
ated his first firearms contracts for the United States Army Ordnance
Department to manufacture the first complete guns made by the company;
and
WHEREAS, On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began, and Remington's
Armory supplied pistols, carbines, rifles and muskets for the Federal
Army and Navy; the War officially ended in April of 1865, and
Remington's vast Armory began making a great variety of firearms for
civilian hunters, for settlers moving west, and for the emerging target
shooting sportsman; and
WHEREAS, During the next 50 years, Remington's expansion included
producing metallic, centerfire ammunition, introducing its first high
power, auto-loading rifle, producing the first American autoloading
shotgun, introducing the company's first pump-action shotgun as well as
manufacturing the world's first effective typewriter in Ilion, New York;
and
WHEREAS, In 1914, Remington constructed four new massive plants, one
in Ilion, New York, to manufacture firearms and ammunition; three years
later, when the United States declared war on Germany, Remington
produced military rifles, pistols, signal guns and machine guns, as well
as ammunition for the Allies; and
WHEREAS, Following the War and for nearly 20 years, Remington thrived,
introducing the company's first autoloading pistol and the concept of
"Game Load" shotshells which revolutionized the shotshell industry; in
addition, the Company entered the cutlery business after forming the
Remington Cutlery Works, Inc., in Bridgeport, Connecticut; and
WHEREAS, In 1940, with war already being waged in Europe and the Far
East, the United States Army War Department ordered Remington to expand

its ammunition production in Bridgeport, Connecticut, including the
formation of several Government Owned Company Operated (GOCO) ammunition
plants; during World War II, Remington facilities produced more than
half the small arms ammunition used by the Allies and manufactured
hundreds of thousands of military rifles and millions of weapons parts
for other gun makers; and
WHEREAS, From the 1950s through 2014, Remington introduced several new
and innovative shotguns and rifles, re-introduced its popular "Bullet
Knife" series of pocket knives, revolutionized the autoloading shotgun
market with the introduction of the VersaMax, re-entered the handgun
market after 85 years, as well as constructing a modern ammunition plant
in Lonoke, Arkansas, and opening a new state of the art manufacturing
facility in Huntsville, Alabama; and
WHEREAS, For more than 200 years, Remington's firearms have been
forged from the untamed spirit that will always define our Nation; the
proud tradition that began with Eliphalet Remington II's first hand-
built rifle in 1816, continues to this day and Remington innovation has
always been ahead of its time, as evidenced by its rich history and long
line of legendary firearms; and
WHEREAS, Even through hard times, Remington Arms Company, Inc.,
continues its dedication to the community of Ilion, New York, and
Herkimer County, as well as the other markets throughout the State of
New York; and
WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Remington Arms Company, Inc.; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Remington Arms Company, Inc.

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  • 23 / Mar / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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K1113

Celebrating the life and accomplishments of Henry L. Diamond, the first Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environment...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION celebrating the life and accomplishments of Henry
L. Diamond, the first Commissioner of the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to publicly mourn the death of
those prominent citizens whose lifework and purposeful endeavors have
served to enrich and enhance the quality and character of life for
others in their community and the great State of New York; and
WHEREAS, It is with feelings of deepest regret that this Legislative
Body records the passing of Henry Diamond, a preeminent citizen whose
distinguished public service and caring commitment will long serve as a
standard to which others might aspire; and
WHEREAS, Henry L. Diamond died on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the
age of 83; and
WHEREAS, Henry Louis Diamond was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on
May 24, 1932, to Louis Diamond and the former Esther Deich; he was proud
of his immigrant parents, and appreciated the values they instilled in
him as a child; and
WHEREAS, In 1950, Henry L. Diamond graduated from The McCallie School;
four years later, he earned his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt
University; and
WHEREAS, After graduation, Henry L. Diamond proudly served his country
as a member of the United States Army in Germany; for his meritorious
service, he was the recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Award; and
WHEREAS, After his discharge, Henry L. Diamond furthered his education
by obtaining his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center; in
1961, he joyfully married the former Elizabeth "Betty" Tatum; and
WHEREAS, Henry L. Diamond began his illustrious ecological career
working with environmental activist Laurence Rockefeller serving on
President John F. Kennedy's Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commis-
sion; the Commission's 1962 report, OUTDOOR RECREATION FOR AMERICA, led
to the creation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Wilderness
Act, and a national system of wild and scenic rivers; and
WHEREAS, During the 1960s, several events occurred which raised the
public awareness of the potential harm to the environment caused by man;
by 1970, the environmental movement gathered steam prompting activists
to declare April 22 as Earth Day and to promote it as a day of national
consciousness-raising about environmental threats; and
WHEREAS, At this auspicious event, Governor Nelson Rockefeller
appointed Henry L. Diamond as the first Commissioner of the New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a position he
served with great distinction from 1970-1973; and
WHEREAS, Henry L. Diamond will be fondly remembered as a pioneer and
steadfast defender of the environment during a period when ecology and
conservation efforts were considered eccentric; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his tenure at the New York State DEC, Henry L.
Diamond combined all New York State resource management and anti-pollu-
tion programs into the Nation's first environmental department; this
remarkable conservationist was at the forefront of creating programs to
deal with mercury pollution and solid waste management, initiatives
which later became models for many other states; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his tenure, New York was in the forefront of
efforts to ban certain pesticides, eliminate polluting phosphates from
detergents and protect vast swaths of the Adirondacks; and
WHEREAS, In 1972, Henry L. Diamond enthusiastically advocated for the
Environmental Quality Bond Act by leading a 533-mile bicycle ride across

New York State to raise awareness on this issue which provided for water
and air pollution control and land acquisition; and
WHEREAS, One year later, Henry L. Diamond resigned his post to become
Executive Director of the Commission on Critical Choices for Americans,
an authority created by the Governor to set goals for the Nation; and
WHEREAS, In 1975, Henry L. Diamond joined a bourgeoning Washington, D.
C. environmental law firm which became Beveridge & Diamond; under his
leadership, the practice became one of the Nation's largest firms dedi-
cated to environmental and natural resources law; and
WHEREAS, As an environmental attorney, Henry L. Diamond advised corpo-
rations and municipalities and served on more than 30 nonprofit boards
and commissions including Resources for the Future, the Environmental
Law Institute, The Woodstock Foundation, The Jackson Hole Preserve,
Inc., and Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation; and
WHEREAS, Working pro bono, Henry L. Diamond represented the Rails-to-
Trails Conservancy in its defense of the constitutionality of rail bank-
ing; and
WHEREAS, In 1991, Henry L. Diamond chaired the National Park Service
75th Anniversary Conference, and co-authored the 1996 Sustainable Use of
Land Project report, LAND USE IN AMERICA; most recently, he co-chaired
the bipartisan Outdoor Resources Review Group; and
WHEREAS, Henry L. Diamond's bond with Laurance Rockefeller enabled him
to facilitate some of Laurance's generous donations to the National Park
Service; some of these gifts were the JY Ranch in Wyoming, additions to
Hawaii's Haleakala National Park, areas in the United States Virgin
Islands, and the establishment of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller
National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont; and
WHEREAS, For his incredible contributions to conservation and the
field of environmental law, Henry L. Diamond was the recipient of numer-
ous awards and accolades; in October of 2015, the Environmental Law
Institute presented him with its prestigious Environmental Achievement
Award before an audience of more than 700 environmental professionals
from the private sector, government and non-profit communities; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Henry L. Diamond received the Secretary of the
Interior's 2011 Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award, the Interior
Department's highest honor for a private citizen; he was also bestowed
the 2008 Pugsley Medal by the American Academy for Park and Recreation
Administration; and
WHEREAS, Henry L. Diamond is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth;
and his daughter, Laura (Bill) Decker; and
WHEREAS, For more than six decades, Henry L. Diamond devoted his life
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to public service and protecting New York State's natural resources with
a focus on leading by example; his passion and dedication to his beliefs
was instrumental in developing environmental law in the United States;
and
WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon all citizens to recognize and applaud
the efforts of Henry L. Diamond who worked tirelessly on behalf of
protecting our natural surroundings for the benefit of present and
future generations of not only New Yorkers, but all citizens throughout
the 50 states; and
WHEREAS, He was truly a trailblazer for the environment; armed with a
humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of compassion, Henry L.
Diamond's life was a portrait of service, a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; he will be greatly missed by many; now, there-
fore, be it
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Henry L. Diamond.

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  • 23 / Mar / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
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