BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with labor unions upstate Tuesday, and touted investments in major construction projects such as the new Tappan Zee Bridge and a plan to rebuild LaGuardia Airport.

Cuomo spoke to meetings of the New York State Pipefitters and Plumbers and the New York State Laborers at Lake George Tuesday.

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The governor was named a “Champion of Organized Labor” by the laborers’ union and received the “New York Builder” award from the pipefitters.

Cuomo detailed the $4 billion LaGuardia project at an event Monday that featured Vice President Joe Biden.

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“LaGuardia is ‘un-New York,'” Cuomo said Monday. “LaGuardia is slow, it’s dated, it is a terrible front-door entrance way to New York. It is a lost opportunity. It is almost universally decried as a poor representation of an airport, let alone a New York airport.”

He said the current airport is a collection of cramped terminals with high volume and low ceilings. It conveniently located, but run-down and shabby compared to other airports, CBS2’s Lou Young reported Monday.

On Tuesday Cuomo said the work — along with the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee replacement — are the types of “big, visionary” projects that will build a “new future” for the state.

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