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NYC’s New Mayor Defends LaGuardia Airport After Vice President’s Insults

Feb 08, 2014 6:00 am

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Sorry Mr. Mayor, tens of thousands of people arrive at LaGuardia every day and immediately realize that Joe Biden is right and you’re playing politics. We know the Port Authority is broken, so don’t pretend it isn’t.

— Samantha Shankman

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Flyers arrive at LaGuardia Airport near New York City. Patrick Nouhailler / Flickr


Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t care for Vice President Joe Biden’s criticisms of New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Biden on Thursday likened the airport to “some third-world country” while touting more modern airports in places like Hong Kong.

De Blasio defended the airport on Friday when asked about Biden’s comments.

He said the remarks were not Biden’s “finest moment” and called them “inappropriate.”

He says that was “not the right way to talk about it.”

De Blasio conceded that the airport needed upgrades but praised the hard work of the people employed there. It’s managed by the bistate agency known as the Port Authority.

De Blasio said he respects Biden — but is also a proud New Yorker.

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