In the Obama administration's fifth trip to the Capital Region, Vice-President Joe Biden will announce relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. Geoff Redick reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- In about 50 years participating and paying attention in Albany politics, former assemblyman Jack McEneny remembers several presidential candidates at the State Capital. But never in his career does he remember a visit for official business.
"I've been politically active since I was an Albany County department head back in the 1960's. And I don't remember that at all," he said.
History will thus be made Tuesday, when United States Vice-President Joe Biden appears at the Capital alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo.
A news release says Biden will announce further federal relief aid for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York State.
Sources tell Time Warner Cable News that aid will also be included for victims of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.
Meanwhile, Biden's plane and motorcade will fight through some weather of their own. Temperatures are forecast fall near the single digits. Bitter windchills and possible snowfall will further complicate local security.
"Especially with the cold coming in, we're even going to add more people so that we can rotate people frequently," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. "We want everybody to be able to get a peek here and there, and I'm sure people will come to the Capital and everything else. But they also have to realize that the security, the Secret Service, the State Police, the locals and ourselves, we have a job to do."
The motorcade route will be the only option for local residents to grab a peek of the Vice-President. The appearance at the Capital is a private, press-only event.