UPDATE: ALL TICKETS TO THE EVENT WEE GIVEN OUT THIS AFTERNOON, AND THUS THE 5 TO 7 P.M. SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED
17-year-old Brad Smith waited in line for six-and-a-half hours today, but it wasn't for concert tickets or other youthful trappings.
The recent Shenendehowa graduate showed up at the door of his alma mater at 6 a.m. to secure a ticket to see Vice President Joseph Biden speak. Hundreds lined up behind him to secure one of the limited number of tickets.
Biden will be speaking at the event hosted by Rep. Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls, at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Shenendehow High School. The topic will be the implementation of the federal economic stimulus plan.
Smith, who will be attending the University at Buffalo to study history and pre-law, said he's eager to hear what Biden has to say.
I just think it's a very unique situation to be able to hear what's going on right now, he said.
But Smith was almost turned away because he's not 18. Luckily for him, Shenendehowa Superintendent L. Oliver Robinson signed out a ticket for him (each person was allowed two tickets, one for themselves and another for a person who must be named).
If any tickets are remaining after this afternoon's giveaway, they will be distributed at the high school between 5 and 7 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.
Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Larry Bulman said that Biden's office contacted him on Monday with news of the visit. He had implored the vice president to make a stop in the area after Murphy won a special election to replace now Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand.
The White House has become involved in New York politics since then, with reports emerging of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama himself contacting state Democrats who were pondering a primary run against Gillibrand. Long Island Rep. Carolyn Maloney has since announced she will do just that.