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Port Watchman Surrenders License with Prejudice Following Charges of Committing a Felony, Possessing Multiple Firearms, “Ghost Guns,” Firearm Silencers, and Giving False Testimony

May 9, 2022

The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor accepted the request of Nicholas Remi, 53, of Staten Island, New York to surrender his license as a Port Watchman with prejudice. Previously, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor had temporarily suspended Remi’s license as a Port Watchman, pending the outcome of an administrative hearing following his arrest on September 1, 2020, by the NYPD in Staten Island, New York. Remi’s arrest followed the execution of a search warrant at his home where police recovered multiple illegal firearms, including five assault weapons, four semi-automatic pistols, silencers and 84 assorted magazines and 2824 cartridges of assorted caliber ammunition in different areas of his home. Five of the firearms were “ghost guns.” “Ghost guns” are operable firearms that can be created by almost anyone using unfinished parts. These parts can be purchased online without a background check and they are easily converted into operable firearms by people with limited skills. They are untraceable.

Remi was subsequently indicted on May 20, 2021, by a Richmond County grand jury for knowingly possessing in excess of 10 or more firearms, including the “ghost guns.” He was convicted upon his plea of guilty on December 21, 2021 to Criminal Possession of a Firearm and was sentenced on February 7, 2022 to five years’ probation.

Remi faced charges at an administrative hearing of violating the Waterfront Commission Act for illegal possession of the firearms, false testimony during a sworn interview at the offices of the Waterfront Commission as well as lacking the good character and integrity required for license as a Port Watchman. Facing the aforementioned allegations of violating the Waterfront Commission Act, Remi requested the withdrawal with prejudice of his Application for Registration. The Commission accepted the request.

Remi had also applied for Prequalification as a Longshoreman with a referral from the ILA. That request was denied following his September 1, 2020 arrest.

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