Vice President Biden to visit Capital Region on Tuesday (updated)
ALBANY Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Capital Region this week for an event with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the White House announced Sunday.
According to a brief statement, Biden will travel to Albany on Tuesday, one day before Cuomo’s State of the State address.
The White House provided no further information Sunday and Cuomo’s office could not be reached for comment on the visit.
High-ranking elected and political officials contacted Sunday by The Gazette said they had no details about the visit or the reason for it.
Biden and Cuomo have been mentioned as possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidates.
This will be Biden’s first visit to the region since 2009, when he spoke at Shenendehowa High School.
During that visit, Biden, then-Gov. David Paterson and U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy spoke about millions of dollars of federal stimulus aid that had flowed into New York state and how it was being spent.
At Shenendehowa, Biden told spectators the country would come out of the recession strong and confident. He said the Obama administration is committed to the middle class and had demonstrated that commitment with income tax cuts, security for the banking system and money to improve infrastructure, which has created or sustained employment.
“This is going to take awhile,” Biden told the crowd. “We’re cleaning up the wreckage of a storm.”
President Barack Obama has been to the area three times since he was elected: a May 2012 visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, a January 2011 trip to General Electric Co. in Schenectady and a trip to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy in 2009.