Hundreds of local officials, business leaders and citizens who were lucky enough to secure a public ticket flocked to Shenendehowa High School on Thursday, July 9, to see Vice President Joseph Biden speak on the state of the economy and the government's efforts to turn it around.
He was joined by Rep. Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls, and Gov. David Paterson. For Murphy, stumping for the economic stimulus plan is old hat, as his run for the 20th Congressional District seat was centered on the faltering economy.
There's nothing I'd rather talk about than creating jobs in Upstate New York, he said, "and there's no one better to do it with than Vice President Joe Biden."
Biden's appearance in Clifton Park was one of many stops on a tour to promote the Obama administration's economic stimulus plan, a major component of which is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. On Thursday, Biden addressed those who have criticized the $787 billion bill.
"The recovery act is not designed to restore the economy to its full health on its own. It was one of several pieces. It was designed to provide the boost necessary to stop this freefall," said Biden.
Biden said that in New York the act has been implemented as it was intended: with speed.
"The truth of the matter is that we can't get this money out the door and into the hands of the states unless there's competent management, transparent management, actually knowing what to do with this money when it get hereSome states, it's harder than others. In this state, it's been a real pleasure."
So far, $16 billion in recovery act money has been designated for New York. That includes $2 billion for education, which helped districts across the state present palatable budgets to voters in May after state aid faltered.