Biden also said that 300 New York state transportation projects are already underway or about to be started, providing 6,700 jobs at a cost of $1.1 billion. These projects include a reconstruction of Church Street in Saratoga Springs.
Nationwide, Biden argued that $43 billion in tax relief and extension of unemployment benefits had helped to limit the cumulative state deficits to half of what they would have been, therefore saving up to 100,000 jobs.
"The idea that we've only authorized and haven't sent [money], not true. Governors are out there. People are putting shovels in ground, jackhammers in old concrete and putting new steel on bridges," said Biden.
He was careful to direct blame for the situation and the long path ahead squarely on previous leadership, however.
"This year has been and will continue to be about rescuing and rebuilding our economy for the long-term future. It took us a lot of years to get in this hole, a lot of mismanagement," he said.
Murphy stressed the importance of updating sewer and roadways for his district's future.
"We've got to make those investments in infrastructure. We cannot compete globally and be a world leader in the 21st century with 19th century infrastructure," he said.
Dozens of local officials and Democratic Party leaders were in attendance, including Clifton Park Supervisor Philip Barrett, Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville (both Republicans), Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Larry Bulman and Michael Relyea, executive director of Luther Forest Technology Campus (where a GlobalFoundries microchip manufacturing plant promised to bring hundreds of jobs to the area is being built).
Many lucky residents also made it into the gymnasium. A number of people were turned away from the high school on Wednesday when tickets for the event ran out, even though news of Biden's appearance had been published for less than 24 hours.