Biden Praises Plan to Revamp ‘Third World’ LaGuardia Airport

NEW YORK (AP) -
Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Tuesday, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo looks on. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Tuesday, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo looks on. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Vice President Joe Biden is commending a plan to renovate LaGuardia Airport, which he once likened to a “Third World country.”

Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference Tuesday afternoon before Cuomo held a ceremonial groundbreaking.

Joined by other officials, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, third from right, throws dirt in the air during a ceremonial groundbreaking on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Joined by other officials, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, third from right, throws dirt in the air during a ceremonial groundbreaking on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Democratic politicians say the overhaul will remake the airport’s footprint and build a new central terminal, which should be completed by the end of 2021. There are also plans for ferry access and rail service that would connect to the Long Island Rail Road.

Cuomo said Tuesday that the vice president’s unflattering remarks were right, and that he’s proud to have heeded Biden’s words.

Biden, who has pushed to update the nation’s infrastructure, said that more states should be investing in infrastructure projects.